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I have a 10 gallon tank in a shaded area outside. It gets around 1 to 2 hours of direct sunlight and has been doing quite well (the tetras and shrimp are flourishing as well as the plants).

I plan to put a 5 gallon planted tank on a shelf above it. However, the 5 gallon tank won't get any direct sunlight because of the angle of the roof. Would the plants in be okay? Most of the planted tank posts I've seen always recommend X hours of light, but from artificial lighting. I'm not sure if indirect / shaded from direct sunlight is considered as acceptable lighting.
 

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I think indirect is fine. I had a small container pond a few years ago that I had under a weeping birch tree for shade. It maybe got two hours of direct sunlight, the rest of the day was shaded. I grew tons of plants in it, had rotala and wisteria growing right out of it.
 
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