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Old 07-04-2014, 03:51 PM   #1
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What types of plants can I work with if I have a T5HO light (and no CO2)?
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Old 07-06-2014, 12:27 PM   #2
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At least I know now that you have: One T5HO and NO CO2.

Lets proceed a few more steps:
What make is the T5HO and what is its power rating in Watt?
What is the size of your tank? (L x W x H)
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Old 07-06-2014, 01:23 PM   #3
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You also need to let us know how many bulbs the fixture has.
Without this and that info which Greystoke asked for, all anyone can do is guess.
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Old 07-06-2014, 01:41 PM   #4
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Java ferns, anubais, cryptocoryne and even bucephalandra live under a wide range of lighting and none of which require CO2 injection. There are plenty of species within each genus to choose from.

For optimal growth, its best to have at least one bulb be 6500k. Supplemental bulbs could fall into the red spectrum to further boost up growth. Avoid using actinic or 10k bulbs.
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Old 07-06-2014, 03:14 PM   #5
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At least I know now that you have: One T5HO and NO CO2.

Lets proceed a few more steps:
What make is the T5HO and what is its power rating in Watt?
What is the size of your tank? (L x W x H)

Sorry! It is Aquatic Life 39-Watt 10000K T5 HO Lamp Aquarium Light, 36-Inch. Just one of them. That is the light kit that came with the tank - but if that isn't enough, I am willing to purchase a kit that holds two. By my calculations - 2 would give me 2.6 watts per gallon?

Tank is a typical 30 gallon so 36 1/4 x 12 5/8 x 16 3/4.

Edit: If I need to get a kit with two bulbs instead of keeping the one that just has one - I am looking at this:
Amazon.com : Zoo Med AquaSun T5-HO Double Light Linear Fluorescent Hood, 36-Inch : Pet Habitat Tank Tops : Pet Supplies Amazon.com : Zoo Med AquaSun T5-HO Double Light Linear Fluorescent Hood, 36-Inch : Pet Habitat Tank Tops : Pet Supplies

What are your thoughts on that? My budget is limited unfortunately.

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If there is anything like a reflector above the bulb, one bulb is good for the 14" that are left after you add some gravel or other kind of substrate.
But even though the 10,000K bulb is brighter, the 6500K does better on the plants.
Both Phillips and GE make a 6500K bulb for that fixture which can be found at Loew's or Home Depot.
Aquarioum plant bulbs will cost more regardless of where you get them. But Doctors Foster & Smith's on-line has better prices on bulbs and has either a True Lumen Flora or a Zoo Med Ultra sun both 6700K @ $10 but then add shipping.
Put medium light in here and most of the plants it gives plus all the plants under low or subdued light will grow in there with that light and no CO2.
http://www.aqua-fish.net/index.php?c...red=&section=6
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