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Growing high and low light plants in the same aquarium

So I got to thinking, if I use high light plants to shade the low light plants it might work? The main thing is I do not want algae growing on slow growing plants like the Anubias Nana.

I realize this may be hard to achieve, but I have been racking my brain trying to figure it out.
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So I got to thinking, if I use high light plants to shade the low light plants it might work? The main thing is I do not want algae growing on slow growing plants like the Anubias Nana.

I realize this may be hard to achieve, but I have been racking my brain trying to figure it out.
if you can get the low light plants in the shade, it would work well. Or if you keep your tanks fertz balanced, algae will not be a problem. I have some Anubias growing about 6" under a dual T5ho fixture with no algae problems at all.


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I use so called high and low light plants in high light regions together all the time.




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I'm growing Anubias nana in my high light tank now, shadeless most of the time, except when I let the other plants go too long without a trim. Growth is awesome, I'm getting a new leaf about twice a week, and no algae. This does require a very stable tank though. With consistent shade it should be more easily achievable.
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If the tank is big enough, above which multiple lights can be placed, you could place the lights such that there would be parts of the tank receiving higher light than other parts.
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I've set up my tank as a half and half with anubius and crypts on one side and rotalas on the other. I just shade one side with floating plants kept in place with a "fence" made from airline tubing. The fish appreciate it since they have a darker area to retreat too.

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