03-25-2010, 11:44 AM
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Originally Posted by IceBerg
I just overhauled my tank and switch over to a peaceful community. My LFS made it a breeze and let me trade in my other fish that weren’t working out as planned. Unfortunately I don’t have the money to upgrade my lighting system at the moment. I'm even more confused now that I received this email from Sweet Aquatics. Are there low light plants that could work for me if I just upgrade my bulbs?
No special lighting will be needed. You can start with some easy low light
plants. If you like keeping plants and want to venture into harder plants
you can buy a better light down the road. The only thing I suggest is to
check the light bulbs. Daylight bulbs are best for plants. They give off a
bright white light, you can usually buy them at any hardware store. The
price depends on the length of the bulb. They are cheaper than the bulbs you
get at the pet store.
Would you like us to choose the plants for you? I will probalby ship on
I personally do not like designations of low, moderate or high light for plants because they are quite inaccurate. The truth is that the majority of plants available for the aquarium will grow fine in minimal light. If you don't want to accept my word for this, just look at the photos of the aquaria of several members like myself, Angel079, Wisfish and others. Angel079 has some plants that many would label as higher light requirement growing beautifully in her tanks with minimal lighting that some others would consider "low light."
I do believe you need to upgrade your light, as I detailed in my last post in this thread. Once you do, almost all the plants you listed before will do fine.