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Newbie to planted tank need help

Hi first off hi im new to the site and im glad this site exists. Now ive kept aquariums for 5 or 6 years now I have a 120 cichlid and a 14g biocube reef. I recently got into planted tanks and ended up buying a fluval chi I have the substrate and the tank however I dont have plants yet its not even out of box first I was wanting to see what kind of plants could live in tank in stock form any replies is appreciated
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Hello Jared
Google fluval chi and look at the images for ideas.
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Stock form? Well you can try growing low light plants. At a bare minimum that's all. Anubias Afzelli grew very well in stock settings for my chi, windelov was okay. Barely grew though. Dwarf hairgrass grew very little in a month but thrives and wisteria did okay. I recommend you take the stock filter/light out, add a fluval u1 with a finnex fugeray and grow plants like banannas like ludwigia repens etc.
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Thanks for info I seen a light strip at petsmart today for 35 a marineland double bright led it was 10 or 12" longwould something like that be ok

The marineland led light will sit on top perfectly without going over the edges

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Thanks for info I seen a light strip at petsmart today for 35 a marineland double bright led it was 10 or 12" longwould something like that be ok

The marineland led light will sit on top perfectly without going over the edges
Marineland led lights will be better but equal to low light. My 10" slim led finnex fugeray is low light on the bottom and mid light half way up but due to my substrate it creates better lighting for all my plants. Costs me $35 which is hella' cheap for what it does especially with a moonlight setting too. I can take pics if ya want. Just make sure to sand down the glass edges no matter where you get the glass cut. T_T I got cut...., btw keep it at 10x9.75 so wires can fit and all that stuff. The chi is 10x10 on top so if you want something that looks flush go with 10" if not I would invest in a finnex fugeray planted+ but my slim fugeray does fine. It costs only a few bucks more but its really worth it with the spectrum and how brightly it lights the aquarium
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