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I have four of these bulbs with a 180 degree reflector. I have the option of putting either one or two of these bulbs over a standard 55gal tank. What types of plants could I keep if I use one of these bulbs? what types of plants could I keep with using 2 of them?
 

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Are these just regular normal output T-12s or T-8s? If so, there's not much at all that you could keep with just one: Java moss, maybe some Cryptocoryone or Anubias species. With two you could certainly keep Crypts or Anubias and probably some swords or other lower light plants.
 

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Yeah its a T12. I'll do two bulbs than. What type of swords would you recommend? What other plants? I love the look of swords. I will have an oscar in this tank so I would prefer something that can take abuse.
 

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E. bleheri is a very common sword species and doesn't require too much in the way of lighting. It's also tough. Unfortunately, it's not tough enough for an oscar. I don't think any plant is. Even if the oscar didn't tear them apart, he would constantly be uprooting them with his digging habits. I've kept oscars before, and the simple truth is that no live plants will endure them for long. Well, floating plants would, but nothing rooted.
 

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E. bleheri is a very common sword species and doesn't require too much in the way of lighting. It's also tough. Unfortunately, it's not tough enough for an oscar. I don't think any plant is. Even if the oscar didn't tear them apart, he would constantly be uprooting them with his digging habits. I've kept oscars before, and the simple truth is that no live plants will endure them for long. Well, floating plants would, but nothing rooted.
hey, if it doesn't work out I can always move the oscar. No big deal.

Here's a list I've been generating of "maybe" plants to keep. I wouldn't keep all of these.

Anubias Lanceolata
Java fern
Java moss
Anubias Afzelli
Aponogeton Crispus
Cabomba (Carolina)
Moneywort
Pennywort (Hydrocotyle leucocephala
Baby Tears Micranthemum Umbrosum
Cryptocoryne Beckettii
Cryptocoryne Wendtii
Cryptocoryne Wendtii De Witt
Saggitaria Broad Leaf (platyphylla)
Echinodorus Horemanii (Green)
Green Ozelot Sword(Ech. Ozelot)
Bolbitus (Fern) (Heudelotti) (Medium green fronds)
Moss Balls (Chladophora Aegagropila)
Limnophilia aromatica
Gymnocoronis Spilanthoides (New!) (South America)
Riccia Fluitans
Pennywort (Hydrocotyle leucocephala)
Giant Hygro (Hygrophila corymbosa)
Micro Sword (Lilaeopsis nova-zelandiae)
Pygmy Chain Sword (Echinodorus tenellus)
Giant Hairgrass (Eleocharis montevidensis)
Cryptocoryne walkeri (lutea)
 
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