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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-30-2005, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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Plants for incandecent lighting

So far, i have had no trouble growing whatever i have put into my ten gal. No i need some more frilly plants for my fry to hide in. What kinds of stem plants that provide cover for fry can grow in a 10 gallon tank that won't grow so fast i'll have to prune them everyday? Also, can ricca live under incandecent lighting? i'd love to start to grow some ricca matts in my tank, or around rocks, but i'm cautious to start growing them under this type of lighting. <--- i love that smiley
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why not screw in a spiral compact florecent or one of the strait ones for that matter- they are not that much more expensive than incondesent bulbs anymore.

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I can't with the hood, well, maybe compact... it has a divider in the middle that would be a pita to remove. (proably have 2 cut it out) And the incandecent lights fine, its just both the size of the tank and the size of certain plants i'm worrying about. Also, a straight flourecent there wouldn't put out enought light in that setup to make java moss live. Ne stem plant suggestions?
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i know what you are talking about and yes you should be able to use some of the smaller screw-in florecents. I used ten gallons for a few years like that for breeding tanks and it worked out real well. The only problem i ever had with them was the fact that the light was more "yellow" than i liked and the larger lights gave off a lof of heat that melted the plastic above them a little.
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My hood has plastic underneath it too, i guess i could cut it out. Any stem plant suggestions for a 10 gallon tank?
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it depends on what wattage you get. the worst thing the heat did to mine was warp the grill on the top of the lights, never made it melt. as long as you leave your lights on for only 12 hours a day i am sure it would be fine
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you might want to look into these http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2004+113346 i got two from walmart for 4.85each but they were made by "lights of america" and have very little red(but they are still better than incadesents) i have had no problems with them over my 10g brackish tank(except an algae bloom for the increased light) they are much cooler than the incadesents used to be when the lights turn off
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The red doesnt matter really, and actually the 6700K's and the.. um.. 9000 sumthing K's i have heard are the best because they have the greatest spectrum of color. I doubt i'll have an algae bloom, i have a lot of floating plants, and a few stem plants, and.. well.. it looks like a cross between a java fern and an anubias nana. I'll look into the bulbs. What plants would work well (stems, possibly red) under that light?
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Would any compact flourecent bulb fit into the hood? I'm not great with bulbs, lol, i was actually looking into possibly 2-16 wat bulbs. Ne chance that could cause an algae bloom? The actual bulbs i was looking at were at um.. this link http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?actio...AM2&lpage=none do these look fine?
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