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Old 04-14-2007, 03:43 AM   #1
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lighting question

Hello, I would like to start a couple of plants in my 20g tank, but I don't have a lot of money right now. The light I have now is the fluorescent fixture that came with the tank with a 15w bulb. I was wondering if I would need to replace the entire fixture, or can I just get a brighter bulb to get me to a low light environment? If I can just get a bulb, what would be a few good starter plants that would work well in low light?
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Unfortunately, the ballast is what makes the bulb.

You can however buy double strip lights fairly cheap in the US. Petsmart has them for a fairly light price tag. 35-40$ and it comes with 2 suitable bulbs.

As for plants, Java Fern, Anubias, Anacharis are generally good starter plants, for a better list, try http://www.plantgeek.net/ and search by light level to see a list. Some of these may be very hard to find.
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Thank you for the info, that's what I was afraid of =)

I'll have to wait a little while to get started on this then.... maybe a good summer project =)

Unfortunately I'm moving in a couple weeks & am poor due to related expenses... I think my gf would kill me if I started buying more equipment for the fish now, lol.
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