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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-03-2016, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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5 Gallon Low Tech Setup - HELP NEEDED

Will apologize in advance if I posted this in the wrong section. Long story short, the girlfriend decided that we needed some greenery in the apartment, and that the best way to go about getting it was with a small aquarium. She picked up this the other day on her way home from work https://www.bigalspets.ca/chi-aquari...n-2-5-gal.html and has been going on about how good it's going to look when it's full of plants. I really want to help her make this work but need some advice from you fine folks in order to pull it off. I've got a few main questions that I think I need answered. Firstly is the lighting. I'm almost 100% sure that the lighting in this kit will not be sufficient for plant growth. Am I wrong? I also have no idea where to look as far as good plants go. We're both relatively new to aquarium plants, so options that are hardy and affordable would be appreciated.

Any information I can get would be a great help!
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-03-2016, 07:17 PM
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I've not kept tah brand but Id on't think it will grow any decent plants.
If you want it easy you can do riparium style (roots in water leaves above) with house plants and jsut get a lamp with a 13 watt 6500k cfl bulb to grow them.
some easy riparium plants:
purple waffle
lucky bamboo (and other members of the Dracaena family)
dragone's tongue (related to purple waffle)
wadering jew
peace lily
dwarf palm (note: does not stay that dwarf: mines 24")
arrowhead plant
there's plenty more.I use these cheap $2 shower caddies as planters

If you want to do aquatic (underwater) plants some other light options include the deep blue solar flare 6700kmicro (suction cup light) or some small clip on LED lights. The desk lamp with cfl mentioned above is still a possibility.

Knowing your girl's taste would help with plants there are several easy ones like anubias and java fern or buce -rhizome based plant (rhizome is horizontal part that leaves and roots grow from) DO NOT BUY RHIZOME, instead gently tie to driftwood/rock/decor. Mosses (tons of options) tie down and they will anchor with roots over time. Crypts, vals, and stem plants (some easy stem beginners are water sprite and wisteria, ancharis, and hornwort.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-03-2016, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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She is wanting an aquatic planted aquarium. More than likely will have very few fish (probably a betta, maybe a few otto's)

As far as the desk lamp goes, anything that can support that sort of bulb will work correct?
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