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Any plants that will grow under office ceiling fluorescent lights?

Hello! New here and looking for advice. I'm looking to set up a small tank for a betta or possibly some shrimp. Normally a small lamp wouldn't be an issue, but any additional electrical appliances need to be cleared by facilities before they can be used. So are there any plants that will actually grow under ceiling mounted fluorescents? I've got two lights directly over my desk (about 6ft from top of desk to ceiling).
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Pothos will be ok, it's not an aquatic plant however, the leaves must be out of water while the roots can be submerged.
Plenty of people use it as an emersed plant in their tanks

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That can definitely work. Anything aquatic that would do ok? Doesn't need to be anything fancy, just something to give some color and break up the hardscape.
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Lowest light things I can think of are anubias, java moss, and java fern.... but I'm not sure they'd do much under office lighting.

Would a battery-pack powered light be out of the question?
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Those plants listed are all good for that lighting. They won't grow fast but they'll grow.
You'll be surprised how fast Pothos can grow even with indirect lighting.
With shrimp, I'd want to include some java moss. They love it.
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anubias is the aquatic variety of the pathos plant. Anacharis would also work well. Most fluorescent lights will work with any plant as long as light levels are bright enough.
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Walstad measured light coming from different bulbs and said a coolwhite bulb is just as good as a full spectrum bulb (I'm paraphrasing). Don't worry so much about the source it's the intensity that matters. As others mentioned any low light plant should do fine. Also emergent plants might be something to consider.
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As long as top is open to those lights java fern, moses, anubius shouldn’t be a problem. Floating plants like salvinia or frogbit would also work, Bettas love floating plants.

Floating plants are also really good water filters.

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Awesome. Thanks for all the replies. Been sidetracked with work (it's been hectic) so sorry for the late reply.

I've always been a fan of the floating plants so I'll definitely look into that.

I might try and see if I can get them to go for a small AIO tank.

Anyway, thanks again for all the replies!
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