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low light plant suggestions

hello everyone i am tryong to find out what plants that i can have for my tank. its a 66 gal hex tank and its tall i want to say its 36" tall. i have good lighting they have 11k t-8 dual light with the actnic bulb. i have two jave ferns and a amazon sword. also have java moss im attaching to driftwood. i use seachum complete nutrition that i just started. the plants stay green they just dont flourish that i have noticed with the sword the ferns i have only had a wee.. so i dont know bout them yet. any suggestions for other plants or ground cover that will work?
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hello everyone i am tryong to find out what plants that i can have for my tank. its a 66 gal hex tank and its tall i want to say its 36" tall. i have good lighting they have 11k t-8 dual light with the actnic bulb. i have two jave ferns and a amazon sword. also have java moss im attaching to driftwood. i use seachum complete nutrition that i just started. the plants stay green they just dont flourish that i have noticed with the sword the ferns i have only had a wee.. so i dont know bout them yet. any suggestions for other plants or ground cover that will work?
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Dump the actinic bulb and get something in the 5500k-10000k range, actinic doesn't do much for freshwater. Ground cover might be tough in a tank that tall...my vote goes to dwarf sag...but it's the only lower light carpeting plant I know of so let others chime in.
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ok thats good to know ill have to go get a new bulb for the blu then! thanks! i will look up that plant and we will see what others say thank you for the info!
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i guess no one wnats to help
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It is going to be very hard to grow any plants in such a tall tank, assuming it really is 36 inches high. If you had a T5HO light it would be good low light, but T8 is nowhere near enough light. One thing you could try is mosses. You could tie some to little flat rocks and lay them on the substrate. You could get a nice branchy piece of wood, like Manzanita wood, and tie moss to the branches to simulate a tree. Those might do OK with the light you have.

Since the light is brighter up near the top of the tank, you could also get some riparium planters, which attach to the tank walls, and put those over half way up the sides with aquatic plants in them. I think that is what I would consider.

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