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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-12-2006, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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Is .5wpg enough to grow anything?

Is .5wpg enough to grow anything? I want to grow anubias and java ferns.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-13-2006, 04:32 AM
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that is good enough to keep and grow anubias, java ferns, java moss, and some cryptocoryne. Growth will be slow though. There might be more, but those plants are some you can fine easily in stores.
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Depends on the tank size... if you're talking 5 gallons, then no.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-13-2006, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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my 55 gallon
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-13-2006, 06:22 PM
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I had 15w and later 20w of light over my 29 gallon for a while and had slow but decent growth from java fern, crypts, and an Amazon sword. As soon as I got more light (I now have 72w) everything went nuts and the sword outgrew the tank, but with very limited light I had good but excruciatingly slow growth.

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Would it not be easier to add another fluorescent strip?

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-14-2006, 03:13 PM
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A 55 is an easy tank to fix low-light on. The easiest thing for you to do with the 55 is to get a 2 X 40 watt, 4' NO fixture. Those bulbs are generally the cheapest.

I had a setup like this with DIY CO2 and was able to grow Anacharis, Hornwort (personally I think you can almost grow these in the dark) and an amazon sword.

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