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Will the standard Flourescent light bulb in an office qualify as low light or do I still need a dedicated light source for the tank? I have got some Needle Leaf Java, Anubias nana, Narrow leaf micro swords, some crypts and java moss. The tank is a ADA 60F.
 

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Plants and Light Question

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A flourescent bulb is fine, but you'll need one for growing aquatic plants. You need a 6500 K, 32 watt bulb. A T8 is preferable, but a T12, 40 watt will work if that's all you can get. These are available at the local hardware stores for just a few dollars. This will be enough light if you stick with low light plants. The ones on your list are fine. The Micro sword may require a little more light.

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Is your desk by a window? I have a 2.5 gallon jar growing one anubius for almost 2 years now, in a sun room, with a skylight 20 feet above it and a wall of glass 5 feet behind it. It has gone from 3 leaves to over 15 leaves. You might get away with it if you have a window nearby and only plant anubius and java fern.
 
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