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Top Fin 3.5 Gallon LED lights

My husband bought me a 3.5g Top Fin starter kit today because it was on sale. I had been talking about starting a nano tank on my home office desk. I was going to custom choose the components but I'm not about to complain about a generous husband.



It has 3 LED lights in the top that can be white, red, blue, or green. Are these lights strong enough to grow low maintenance plants? I added Eco-Complete substrate and plan on either having shrimp or a beta in this tank.



I can add a desk lamp with a daylight bulb if that would be better.
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My husband bought me a 3.5g Top Fin starter kit today because it was on sale. I had been talking about starting a nano tank on my home office desk. I was going to custom choose the components but I'm not about to complain about a generous husband. <a href="https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/images/smilie/icon_smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" >:-)</a>



It has 3 LED lights in the top that can be white, red, blue, or green. Are these lights strong enough to grow low maintenance plants? I added Eco-Complete substrate and plan on either having shrimp or a beta in this tank.



I can add a desk lamp with a daylight bulb if that would be better.
From what I know there are a few topfin 3.5g starter kits, can you specify which one? Is it the cylinder one?

I'd reckon 3 LEDs won't grow anything but they may be able to keep some extremely low light things alive (Java moss, Java Fern)

At least I can grow Algae
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This is what he got me: https://www.petsmart.com/fish/starte...lon-38392.html


I don't plan on doing CO2 or anything fancy. Once a week fert if needed. I had wanted to do a grass, java fern, and a floater.....I can easily add a desk lamp with "real" lighting.





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From what I know there are a few topfin 3.5g starter kits, can you specify which one? Is it the cylinder one?

I'd reckon 3 LEDs won't grow anything but they may be able to keep some extremely low light things alive (Java moss, Java Fern)
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My husband bought me a 3.5g Top Fin starter kit today because it was on sale. I had been talking about starting a nano tank on my home office desk. I was going to custom choose the components but I'm not about to complain about a generous husband.



It has 3 LED lights in the top that can be white, red, blue, or green. Are these lights strong enough to grow low maintenance plants? I added Eco-Complete substrate and plan on either having shrimp or a beta in this tank.



I can add a desk lamp with a daylight bulb if that would be better.
You should feel free to choose all your future tanks, including upgrading gifted tanks.

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This is what he got me: https://www.petsmart.com/fish/starte...lon-38392.html


I don't plan on doing CO2 or anything fancy. Once a week fert if needed. I had wanted to do a grass, java fern, and a floater.....I can easily add a desk lamp with "real" lighting.





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From what I know there are a few topfin 3.5g starter kits, can you specify which one? Is it the cylinder one?

I'd reckon 3 LEDs won't grow anything but they may be able to keep some extremely low light things alive (Java moss, Java Fern)
As a matter of fact I have that tank as well, I can say with confidence those lights will not grow anything other than algae.

I think a desktop light would be a good upgrade if your willing to take the lid off

At least I can grow Algae
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