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I have a variety of plants in 55 gal, CO2 infused, well fertilized tank that seem to grow to the top of the tank before leafing. The stems are full of want-to-be roots, but not much foliage. Then the tank gets shaded from all the leaves at the top. I have 4 - 55w worn out bulbs, and want to buy replacements now. Will that help the plants develop closer to the base?
What kind of stems are they? Some will naturally loose bottom leaves, especially ludwigia repens. Are they compact bulbs or regular fluorescents?
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Wow, I'm impressed, yes it is Ludwigia repens that is the biggest offender. I have long stems with small hairy roots (not too attrraactive) then lots of leaves spread across the surface. I also planted some Ludwigia cuttings in a 10 gallon betta tank with a 10 w bulb and little care. They look great! Nice bush right from the ground up. Ha-ha. I bought new bulbs, 4 55w 8000K and will install them later today.