newbie with questions?
Hello everybody, been keeping fish for 10-12 years but never realy gotinto plants, largely because ive keep mostly larger cichlids, ive had a little expeirence with a low tech 10g i had setup a few years ago. but nothing else.
So heres where i am right now, i have a 56g colum 30x18x24h, thast been running for a while but decided i wanna try a planted community tank. currently its just the stock light 20w 24" flourscent bulb, and a cascade 1000 canister filter. my biggest hurdle right now seems to be ability to upgrade, locally the only options i can find is a twin tube flourscent 24" bulbs, says it takes t-8s and has alum reflectors at petsmart, or a marineland single bright led hood which the guy at the shop claims wont grow plants, say he cant get me a dual led but itll be $200, thats crazy for a 30" light.
So my big question is will i be able to do a planted tank on just the dual bulb, i understand theres alot more in lights than just the wpg, also see people focus on it alot and that would only give me less than 1wpg.
which bring me to the second problem im also limited to local plant selection, from what i can find locally the one im most interested in is a amazon sword, i have a picture in my mind of 1 or 2 large swords and then some kinda foreground plant like dwarf sag, and maybe a random crypt or anubias plant. the only other plants i can realy get ahold of locally is java fern, moss, and what i think is anacharis. so will i be able to grow any of that on that light.
thanks for any help.