Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
new here! 5 gal hex question
I've been lurking around reading this forum for a while, but this is my very first post- how exciting!
I recently set up a 5 gallon hex as a temporary holding tank for a very mean puffer. I believe it is the same tank that a few others on here have- the one that comes with the biowheel filter and the little hood with an incandescent bulb. I kept the filter but ditched the light hood and set up a clip-on desk lamp with a GE fluorescent spiral 13watt daylight bulb, positioned directly above the water where the hood used to be.
Here's my problem: I can't get enough light to reach the back half of the tank since the filter is covering that area. I have a crypt back there that is doing okay, but I tried to put a windelov java fern and even it needed more light.
Has anyone else experienced this issue with this tank, or does anyone have suggestions for other plants that require extremely low amounts of light besides java moss (which I am planning on trying as well)? What about scaping ideas that only involve plants in the foreground? I'm pretty new to the hobby so any and all suggestions will be much appreciated!