The Planted Tank Forum banner

Another low tech newb question

909 Views 2 Replies 3 Participants Last post by  skabooya
I have a 125g tank that houses 4 small oscars. I have decided that I want to get into something different. I want to do a river theme. Right now for lights I have 2 of the cheapy HD flour. light fixtures. I was wondering how they would be with 4 plant bulbs? It would be 160 watts, but with the crappy reflectors. I am not looking to do C02 yet. But may down the road. Would I be abble to get a thick planted tank of low light plants from this light system?

Money is tight so I am looking for a cheaper solution to get this started. Any and all suggestions welcomed!
1 - 3 of 3 Posts
Its going to take a LOOONNGGG time to get any major density, but...those cheapo fixtures can pull it off since your going to want to get low light plants. Crypts, Anubias, Java Fer, etc.

As far as the word "thick", that may be a long term outcome, but if I were you I would just shoot for a good planting and good presentation and layout. Some small dosing of fertilizers will also help with growth.

Dosing excel as a CO2 supplement will also help, but it will get a bit $$$ over time.
Yup things will grow but it will be very slow. gmccreedy is correct when he/she says concentrate on good planting and good presentation and layout. Because you are doing a river theme most of your tank will be driftwood so having plants grow slowley isint a huge deal.
Research plants that can be easily propogated such as hygro. I have had it in my tank and they grow very fast for a low light tank and to propogate you simply snap the top off and plant that. In about a year you will go from one plant to maybe 6 depending on how tall you want them. Having lush growth doesnt need to be an expensive endever.
1 - 3 of 3 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.