08-14-2010, 11:07 PM
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Originally Posted by redchigh
You're not going to want any CO2.
CO2 is for high-light high-fertilisation tanks.
The fish will produce plenty of carbon dioxide.
If you want a foreground plant, you could try dwarf sag, it has a tendancy to get a bit tall but it does well in moderately low light. (Plus I got mine for about $0.80 a plant so it's not a huge risk)
The echinodorus species will also do well in low light, as Byron said.Crypt Wendtii bronze might not do too well, but get a wendtii green to act as a backup plan. They do well in low light.
As far as how to stock it...
(some of these weren't mentioned but do well with low light)
I'd go with 3-4 bunches of Hygrophila Difformis, 2-3 Echinodorus (for the background) 2-3 bunches of Pennywort, 5-6 Vallisneria, Some larger pieces of driftwood, with java moss on them, and Anubias and Java Fern to taste (on the driftwood) The crypts would work well in the midground.
You could also try Dwarf Hairgrass if you want to go with a fine substrate. (I believe angel has med-low light and her hairgrass does well)
Also, one last thing. I read that you can use the metallic duct tape on the bulb to direct the light downward. Whether that's much better than a reflector, I dunno.
Dwarf Hairgrass could probably work, I heard they can survive without large quantities of light, and are really hardy. Only problem is that uneaten food and waste tends to get tangled up in them.