I found this interesting and thought I'd put this up here to see what you all, the plant experts thought.
I bought some plants from a guy (cheap so if I kill them I am not out much dough) who had four planted tanks in his house. Since I am in the "jumping in without really knowing what I am doing" point, I asked a bunch of questions when I was there.
His biggest planted was a 54 gallon corner bow in a very dark bedroom. He had standard 2 lighting ballasts with the coralife lamps on the tank. What are those 20watts each, max? He uses Seachem potassium and iron. He's running a DIY CO2
setup with two 2 ltr bottles and just started that about 6 weeks ago.
He has mostly easy to grow stuff:
a couple of other unknowns but I know they were not low lights because one was red.
He has been selling his plants on Craigslist for quite a while and while they lacked asthetic appeal, the tanks looked great and were pretty overrun with these guys.
I have been killing myself to try and learn this stuff and have hit a couple of big bumps...lol. How fair is that?
I bought the wrong type of light ballast (actinic) and was a tad worried about killing them off before I get proper lighting and he was tellling me to just keep some sort of light on them until I can get one ordered and shipped to me from an online store.
I don't know why I found this intersting but I felt a little silly gettting all worked up and he is seeming to go against the rules...so to speak.
Has anyone else had success this way? Just curious.