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post #1 of 27 Old 08-09-2012, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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Getting started with plants, need advice.

I currently have a 37g. African Cichlid tank. I want to get Java Fern and/or Wisteria. Will a Marineland Double Bright LED Light work for these?
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post #2 of 27 Old 08-09-2012, 06:37 PM
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I currently have a 37g. African Cichlid tank. I want to get Java Fern and/or Wisteria. Will a Marineland Double Bright LED Light work for these?
Try looking through the plant profiles:

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Here's the cichlid freshwater section:

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and a good thread to sneak in a question about plants

Lake Tanganyikan style tank?

Please post all the specs for the lighting.
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The bulb temp. is 6000k.
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post #4 of 27 Old 08-09-2012, 06:57 PM
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I don't know anything about LED lights; however, Java Ferns like low light and Water Wisterias like bright light. The advantages of Java Ferns with cichlids are they are tough and you attach them to driftwood or rocks rather than planting them. The cichlids can't / wont uproot them. Anubias are another plant that you attach to objects rather than plant. They also prefer low light and are tough. You could accommodate both of these plants under bright light by shading them with floating plants. I can't see wisteria doing very very in a cichlid tank.

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Would a floating plant like Hornwort work in these conditions?
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I use hornwort; however, some folks will tell you that they are a cool water plant and not good for tropical tanks. My experience has been that as long as you don't go up into the 80s in temperature, you'll be alright. Many people like water sprite as a floating plant. There are many and they all usually share the common trait of fast growth. That, in turn, really helps with water quality.

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Hi Fish Monger! I wish I knew one thing about African Cichlid plants. I have one more link for the African Cichlid-keepers plants. Please post the rest of the information about that LED light. Something like light intensity, PAR, whatever they have. Thanks

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This is a Google search and I searched with planted aquarium african cichlids
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post #8 of 27 Old 08-09-2012, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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The light intensity is something similar to the light intensity of a twin tube strip light.
Note: I have not yet bought the Double Bright LED yet, but I love LED's and want to stay with them.
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Please tell me the length of the light so I can get the lumens on the following page:

LED Aquarium Lighting Double Bright | Energy Efficient Solar and Lunar Settings

Also, I need the height of the tank and it would help me to have the volume of the tank.
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The length would be the 24"-36". The dimensions of the tank are 30" x 12" x 22" (width x depth x height).
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