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lacysmom
03-30-2011, 04:31 AM
Money wort, Micro sword, Anubias nana, Brazilian pennywort

The tank is a heated and filtered 5 gallon with 5,000k fluorescent light and betta fish.
So will these plants be ok? If yes, how many of each one should I get?

Also, what substrate should I use and do I need fertilizer?
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MCHRKiller
03-30-2011, 05:10 AM
How many watts is your light? 5,000K is only the spectrum which is OK for plants but it is a bit on the low end. The microsword will probably survive but not grow and spread they need high light and CO2 to do their best. Anubias, moneywort and pennywort ahould do OK with a decent wattage and some liquid fertilizer. None of these plants require special substrate, small grade gravel would be fine. These plants minus the sword do most of their nutrient uptake via the water column....root tabs wouldnt be of great benefit.

lacysmom
03-30-2011, 05:47 PM
The light is 7 watts I believe.

MCHRKiller
03-30-2011, 11:39 PM
Wow, with a wattage that low about all you will be able to get to survive would be anubias, moss and fern. Is your hood an incandescent fixture? If so just swap out your bulb for a household CFL they make them in 6500K in 15-20 watt configurations which would do well for the plants you mentioned.

lacysmom
03-31-2011, 05:37 AM
Well I'm not sure. I ordered it online and I haven't gotten it yet. It says that it's CFL and the light bulb is one of those energy efficient ones. What sort of moss and fern would I be able to have?

MCHRKiller
03-31-2011, 05:39 AM
Java moss, Java Fern. Do you have a link to the fixture?

lacysmom
03-31-2011, 06:03 AM
How about one of those moss balls? And here's the link- http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hawkeye-5-gal-Tank-Aquarium/14660258