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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-14-2011, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Fluval Chi LED light watts

Hello guys, I have a very small aquarium of only 5 gallons that I bought on petsmart a few months ago. (it is called Fluval Chi and you can google to see how it looks) Now I want to plant it with some live plants. The thing is I don't know how many watts per gallon I have. The tank comes with its own lightning which consists of 12 LED light bulbs. Does anyone knows how powerful this lights are. They don't look too strong in my opinion, and if they are enough to grow some dwarf four leaf clover? I have the ADA aqua soil substrate, some excel solution and some fertilizers, but I dunno if the lightning is enough.

Also, I have another question. What is the scientific name for the dwarf four leaf clover? is it Marsilea hirsuta or is it Marsilea crenata? I have been reading the descriptions on both and they appear to be very symilar, if not the same...

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Try Marsilea minuta. That is a low light plant, so you probably have enough light for it. I found with more than low light it tends to grow a good crop of BBA on the leaves.

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Well that plant is small, pretty, and easy to maintain which is exactly what I am looking for, but is there any significant difference between the minuta, hirsuta, crenata and all the others species? or they are about the same related to size and living conditions?

I tried the Hemianthus Calitrichoides, but it did not grow. It didn't die tough, just stayed there with a little of upward growth... now I changed it to another container to try some other small plant in the aquarium.
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