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Brian Keegan
Junior Member
Username: coyoteblack

Post Number: 16
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 10:18 pm:       

hello all
I went to the lfs and tried to buy live plants for my brand new 55 gallon tank.
He said seeing as i only have a 4' length of floresent light itis not enough for plants.
I was thinking there have to be low light plants that would be good for this tank.

any advice would be awsome thanks a lot
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flyingfish
Regular Member
Username: flyingfish

Post Number: 106
Registered: 01-2006
Posted on Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 10:33 pm:       

are you going to upgrade your lighting?
I surf fish for stripers
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Brian Keegan
Junior Member
Username: coyoteblack

Post Number: 17
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Sunday, February 19, 2006 - 11:57 pm:       

well the 2' * 2 lights take up my length of my set up. i am not sure how to up grade it from there

If i do it will take awhile this setme back some change already. if i cant afford it will any plants be good for now or are the 7 plastic plants good for now?
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flyingfish
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Username: flyingfish

Post Number: 107
Registered: 01-2006
Posted on Monday, February 20, 2006 - 12:52 am:       

sounds like plastic plants will do you good. Lighting is not cheap.

you would most likely need glass lids which are cheap and a new fixture which is not cheap.
I surf fish for stripers
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Brian Keegan
Junior Member
Username: coyoteblack

Post Number: 19
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Monday, February 20, 2006 - 12:54 am:       

Thank you I guess live plants are out.
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flyingfish
Regular Member
Username: flyingfish

Post Number: 108
Registered: 01-2006
Posted on Monday, February 20, 2006 - 01:04 am:       

I also have a single light strip that came with my tank. Unfortunatly we cannot support live plants with this althought it looks like its pretty bright. I had asked the same question a few days ago and looked into some upgrade options.
I surf fish for stripers
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Christine
Advanced Member
Username: christine

Post Number: 1072
Registered: 01-2004
Posted on Monday, February 20, 2006 - 01:49 am:       

Brian, live plants are not out for you.

I have single strips on all my tanks except the Co2 tank.. and plants grow just fine. Two of these tanks are rather deep, and still I grow good plants. Just change your stock bulbs to new plant-growing bulbs (approx $20 Canadian) and you're good to go with some easy, fast growing, and low light plants.

Many of us here grow plants without fancy light upgrades.

JP should come along and post picks of his tropical jungle :-)

The plants that would work include: hygrophila, echinodorus, anubias, cryptocorynes, java fern, java moss, vallisneria, and then some...

Here's a website with good pictures of different aquatic plants and their requirements: http://www.tropica.com/default.asp

...look for the ones with "easy" demands.

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Brian Keegan
Junior Member
Username: coyoteblack

Post Number: 21
Registered: 02-2006
Posted on Monday, February 20, 2006 - 01:53 am:       

you are the best Christine! thanks
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