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Old 07-28-2012, 03:53 AM   #1
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My work has really been bushing for me to set up a tank so I finally gave in. I am bringing over a 46 bow and supplying almost everything for it. I am getting some money for fish though. The tank is 36 x 17 x 22 inches. I am running a dual 36 inch T8 bulbs. Would this be enough light to possibly grow some plants in the tank? I was thinking maybe ozelot sword, val, and anubias? What do you think? Thanks
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2 T8 bulbs at 22" is going to give you extremely low light. You may want to look into low, but better lighting for plants
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would it be enough light to try some anubias? I am not buying any new equiptment for this tank as it would be all out of pocket.
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You would possibly get 15 micromols of PAR, barely low light, at best. Mosses will grow, perhaps anubias and Java Ferns. I don't think a sword plant would make it, but at least it also won't take over the tank. You could tie moss to a nice manzanita wood arrangement, and let that be the tall plant. And, you could use something like a piece of root wood to raise up a Java fern and/or anubias nana petite, so it would get more light. Floating plants would do very well, but would shade the substrate, making it even harder to grow anything down there.

Rockwork is another way to aquascape the tank, with anubias nana petite growing on the rocks with needleleaf Java fern. The rocks would raise the plants into higher intensity light.
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Old 07-29-2012, 02:15 AM   #5
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You would possibly get 15 micromols of PAR, barely low light, at best. Mosses will grow, perhaps anubias and Java Ferns. I don't think a sword plant would make it, but at least it also won't take over the tank. You could tie moss to a nice manzanita wood arrangement, and let that be the tall plant. And, you could use something like a piece of root wood to raise up a Java fern and/or anubias nana petite, so it would get more light. Floating plants would do very well, but would shade the substrate, making it even harder to grow anything down there.

Rockwork is another way to aquascape the tank, with anubias nana petite growing on the rocks with needleleaf Java fern. The rocks would raise the plants into higher intensity light.
agreed go with anubias, mosses and java fern
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My work has really been bushing for me to set up a tank so I finally gave in. I am bringing over a 46 bow and supplying almost everything for it. I am getting some money for fish though. The tank is 36 x 17 x 22 inches. I am running a dual 36 inch T8 bulbs. Would this be enough light to possibly grow some plants in the tank? I was thinking maybe ozelot sword, val, and anubias? What do you think? Thanks
I wish my work would let me set up a big tank in the entry/ waiting area. Sine I work at a region govt. agency a nice native fish tank would be perfect.

oh well....for now i'll have to live with the 15 gal in my office, least they let me keep it.
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Old 07-29-2012, 04:34 PM   #7
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thanks that sounds like a plan anubias, mosses, and java fern (esp since i already have most of it). What kind of lighting up grade would I need to get more solid low light?
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The next step up in light would be a FishNeedIt, 2 bulb T5HO light, http://www.fishneedit.com/t5ho-3ft--...ium-light.html That would give you about 30 micromols of PAR, with the light sitting right on top of the tank, or a little less if sitting on the legs that come with the light. With that and CO2, even with DIY CO2, you could grow a lot more different plants, a lot faster, still with minimal algae problems.
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thank you for the info, but there is now way I am doing any form of co2 on this tank. It would be out of pocket, which I am not willing to do. What if I wanted to keep it low tech what is my best light options? Thanks
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