Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 10-06-2006, 09:20 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Regular
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 74
Medium Difficult/Medium Light

I went to the Pet store today and every play they sell is in the medium difficulty/ medium light category. So what does this mean for me... i have a 55 gallon, what can i get away with as far as a light source, and what kind of substrate, i was thinkg PFS cause i heard it was relatively cheap, and i also saw that getting black was probably the best choice.

Some of the plants are Broad sagitarria, Banana, Jungle Val, Amazon sword, Wisteria, Frill, Crinum (Onion Plant), and a Red Wendtii.

What ya guys think thanks alot. Also will i need CO2 for this, i hope not, not into spending that kind of money.

MitcherNeaf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2006, 09:22 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
rkilling1's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: NE ohio
Posts: 2,245
Send a message via AIM to rkilling1
what kinda light do you have?
My Planted Aquariums
rkilling1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2006, 10:43 PM   #3
Moderator Emeritus
Purrbox's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Iowa USA
Posts: 5,860
Your tank probably has a 40 watt NO light unless you've upgraded the stock lighting. The only plant that you listed that will have much chance with that lighting is the Cryptocoryne Wendtii 'Red'.

Your options are to upgrade your light or to get most of your plants somewhere else. If you were to get a second strip light upgrading your light to 80 watts, you would have just under 1.5 WPG, which is roughly Medium Low Light, and opens a broader selection of plants to choose from. Many of the plants you listed would have a chance with that amount of light. As long as you don't go over 2 WPG, you should be able to get away with avoiding CO2.

There are lots of great places to get plants online including our very own Barter/Trade forum where plant trimmings are often offered for just the cost of shipping or a little more.
Purrbox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2006, 07:56 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Regular
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 74
Well what i wanted to do in the first place was go for medium light, i figured that woudl give me the widest range of plants without the use of Co2 due to cost. Im willing to go out and get new lightbubls, just not sure what i need, you are thinking around 2 40watt bulbs? Ill have to check that out, besides that what is the best substrate. PFS or something else?
PS. anything else i need for medium lights i shoudl know about before getting too far into this.
MitcherNeaf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2006, 08:18 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
mr funktastic's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: alliston, ON
Posts: 2,608
2 40 watt daylight bulbs would be good. but do u have a 48" fixture? alot of the 55 gal kits came with 2 18" fixtures instead of 1 long one. u can just buy a 48" dual strip shoplight for like 15 bucks at home depot. u will probaably want to pick up some fertalizers just in case. u will want pottasium for sure. it is the most common difficiency that can be easily avoided. u cant overdose potassium so u cant screw it up. u may also want nitrate depending on how heay your fish load is. the best substarte in my opinion is eco complete. its a black earth like substarte with a sand/fine gravel mix. looks awesome and contains nutrients benificial to plant. flourite is good also but clouds really really badly and i dont personally like it.pfs sand is good also but contains no nutrients and u have to make sure u get MTS or the sand will compact forming gas pockets. or stir it manually. keep in mind also that PFS is 7 bucks fopr 50 pounds compared to eco which is about 30 bucks for 20 pounds...
mr funktastic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2006, 11:48 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice Regular
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 74
about how many pounds am i going to need for my 55 gallon, i already have around 1 inch of rocks on the bottom i was wondering if i could get away with just putting the sand or eco on top of that to get around 4 inches?
MitcherNeaf is offline   Reply With Quote


Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
low light - medium light starter plant package mgamer20o0 Archive 0 03-06-2009 03:28 PM
RAOK plants low light and medium light just pay shipping mgamer20o0 Archive 4 12-01-2008 03:30 PM
Done with medium light already. rkilling1 Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 20 09-07-2007 11:20 AM
Medium light reds black hills tj Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 10 08-24-2007 01:38 AM
Is this medium/ medium high / high light for a 55 gallon? swanandmokashi Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 17 12-22-2006 07:09 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:18 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.