Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Formerly Central Coast CA, Now in Bridgeport TX
I have run a 15 gallon planted tank in the past with a 14w t8 bulb. I recommend getting a new T8 with a better color temperature, say either 6500k or 10000k. available at petsmart for $20 which is pricey...try your LFS first. I grew anubias, lotus', and java fern all with no problems. I also had a couple crypts. I did add a capfull of flourish excel with every water change. and I ran flourite substrate, not eco. but both are top notch gravels. (i never mixed my flourite, iv had much better succes by using it straight.)
Planted tanks are all about shrimp.