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Jeddi
05-24-2010, 11:44 AM
I'm going to my lfs today to pick up some plants. I have a 40W fluorescent bulb and the tank is 29g. Is that considered low light?

And what are some good plants of different sizes that can grow under low-medium light? Right now I just have some java moss. I'm thinking of getting some sagittaria, pennywort, water onion, anubias, and water wisteria. Any suggestions?

aquariums+me=happy
05-24-2010, 11:49 AM
That is considered low light. I woul recomend hornwort. Description: a good weed. Lol

Jeddi
05-24-2010, 11:53 AM
Any other ones? I don't want my tank to look boring :22: I should've gotten a brighter light but I guess it's too late now.

Lady Hobbs
05-24-2010, 11:56 AM
Is that 40 watt just a plain Fluorescent bulb? You can replace that bulb with a 6700K or even a plant bulb and you should be able to grow some decent plants.

aquariums+me=happy
05-24-2010, 12:21 PM
But ya, 40 is pretty low. Thats only 1.333333333333333 (lol) watts pergallon

Bristley
05-24-2010, 02:16 PM
Java fern and Java moss should work for that tank. Also, like LH said, you should be able to change out the bulb for something that would allow you more plant options without it costing too much.

Jeddi
05-24-2010, 03:26 PM
just a regular fluorescent bulb. i thought lamps have a limit to the wattage they can support?

HeatherH
05-24-2010, 03:58 PM
That is considered low light. I woul recomend hornwort. Description: a good weed. Lol


Hornwort is insane. I started with a 6 inch piece about a month ago and now I have one half of my 16g stuffed with it. Good stuff.

SunSchein89
05-24-2010, 07:02 PM
just a regular fluorescent bulb. i thought lamps have a limit to the wattage they can support?

They do, but we're talking about a different spectrum of light, not necessarily more wattage. Look for bulbs in the range of 5700-6700K. Most pet stores should carry them. It will give your tank a crisper white light and the plants can use more of the light you're providing them.

Wild Turkey
05-24-2010, 07:51 PM
Yes, Kelvin rating or light spectrum are just fancy words for color. You want the color to mimic tropical sunlight, which is at about 6700K on the Kelvin scale. Try hardware stores first, the Kelvin should be listed on the bulbs

Java fern, Java moss, Crypts, Hornwort(or duckweed or any weed), or Anubias should all grow in 1.3 wpg if the color is right.

Jeddi
05-24-2010, 11:14 PM
The guy at my lfs said I should get a 2 bulb lamp :22: He asked me if I wanted a lot of plants or just to keep a few plants-- I said a lot and he told me to get the two bulbs. Would I be fine just getting 6700K?

Also, the two plants I got today were water sprite and a lily bulb. :22:

SunSchein89
05-25-2010, 12:05 AM
The guy at my lfs said I should get a 2 bulb lamp :22: He asked me if I wanted a lot of plants or just to keep a few plants-- I said a lot and he told me to get the two bulbs. Would I be fine just getting 6700K?

Also, the two plants I got today were water sprite and a lily bulb. :22:

The amount of plants isn't really important as much as the kind of plants you get. As long as your tank isn't so crowded that it blocks out light to other plants, it shouldn't make a difference. 6700K isn't "just" what you need, but exactly what you need. If you can get a bulb with the same wattage as the one you have now that is rated 6700K, you can grow all of the plants Wild Turkey mentioned along with a good few others and at very little cost to you. The two you just picked up should do fine as well.