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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-07-2013, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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Any plants that can handle stock lighting?

So I eventually want to set up my 20g L and put some fish in there. I already have a planted 5g and 29g tank and don't really want to put up more money for another true planted tank lighting setup. I don't necessarily want to use the fake plants that I have (I love my planted setups), but can't justify spending more for planted at the moment. I was curious if there are any plants (I would assume Java Moss) that can live with only a regular light setup. Like the lights that come with the tanks in bundles at a store. They don't really have to thrive I was just hoping there would be some plants that could handle a lower light threshold.

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-07-2013, 09:45 PM
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I think Anubias, java fern and mosses would survive under stock lighting. Apons and some crypts as well, I had one apon survive several growth cycles under a very old bulb [couldn't be removed from the fixture] that had black plastic as a 'reflector' and was about 18" over the tank and the crypt sent out runners attempting to find light somehow.
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I have anubia, java fern, and wisteria in a stock fixture with a 6500k bulb. The wisteria lower half isn't looking so good but it's alive and growing. I have 1 t8 in a tank 18" deep.

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Wow! A lot more plants than I had thought. Thanks for the quick response nate2005 and Kathyy. Would it be smart to do the 20g L tank with the Walstead Method if I kept live plants in with a stock bulb? Or would there be too many nutrients with not enough light and cause crazy algae blooms?
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post #5 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-07-2013, 10:26 PM
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You don't need 'true' lighting, shop lights or house bulb lights work to grow many plants. Two of my tanks have those listed above. My 40 has fancy fish lights, but it's growing the same plants. No real difference other than the cost of the fixtures..
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post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-07-2013, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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Sweet! Just glad I can end up putting love plants in there once I start setting it up. Would have been hard going to fake plants after having live ones. Would hornwort do alright?
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My hornwort stays healthy, but not "lush" with stock lighting. I'm also able to grow echinodorus parviflorus (sp?), pygmy chain sword, echinodorus "pinwheel" and a few other weird plants in my all stock aqueon 15 gallon.
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In my aqueon 20g with stock 18 watt fluorescent bulb I grew red root floaters, wisteria, hygrophilia corymbosa, duckweed, aponogetons, and crypts.
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It's too much light and not enough CO2/Nutrients that cause algae in general not the other way around.
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post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-08-2013, 01:00 AM
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any of the bulb plants you can buy at walmart.

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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-08-2013, 05:20 AM Thread Starter
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It's too much light and not enough CO2/Nutrients that cause algae in general not the other way around.
Ahhh I see. Thanks!

And thank you everyone else for the great plant ideas!
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post #12 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-08-2013, 06:56 AM
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Why not buy the 50/50 (10,000k, actinic) cfl bulbs from Petsmart?

They run like $12 for two.

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Those 50/50 lights are designed for marine tanks. I am lately seeing a bunch of posts on using actinic lights for fresh water plants. We can go back and forth ad naseum on their suitability.

My personal advice: don't. Use full spectrum lights.

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I agree with OVT. Don't waste your money on 50/50 lights. A dirted tank is also not needed for a rhizome/moss feeding tank, which can be very nice. Dirt or nice soil is only needed if you are planning on root feeders, which with a low light tank, your options are pretty limited.
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post #15 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-08-2013, 09:08 PM
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Well they do grow plants, and they have a nice color to them, might not be as effective as full spectrum or flora bulbs, but for $10 they perform nicely.

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