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Old 05-07-2012, 09:39 PM   #1
 
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will standard incandescent bulbs support java fern?
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:57 PM   #2
 
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Any should work. Java do better with low light. If you have a incandescent hood you can use Compact Flourescent bulbs the spiral ones 6500k daylight cost like 6-9 bucks for a couple of them and you can grow anything as long as you have some good substrate like Eco Complete.
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Old 05-08-2012, 09:45 AM   #3
 
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I agree on getting CFL (compact fluorescent) as they produce much less heat, and use less energy, while providing good natural light if you get the daylight with a 6500K rating. What size is your tank, and how many bulbs (sockets) in the fixture?

Java Fern should not be planted in the substrate, so an enriched substrate will be of no real value. JF attaches to rock or wood; burying the rhizome might cause it to rot.

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I agree on getting CFL (compact fluorescent) as they produce much less heat, and use less energy, while providing good natural light if you get the daylight with a 6500K rating. What size is your tank, and how many bulbs (sockets) in the fixture?

Java Fern should not be planted in the substrate, so an enriched substrate will be of no real value. JF attaches to rock or wood; burying the rhizome might cause it to rot.

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its a 20gal short tank with 2 screw in sockets. currently i have 1 java fern and 1 anuibus bartoli tied to rocks. i have the jf in a corner, where should i put the ab?
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its a 20gal short tank with 2 screw in sockets. currently i have 1 java fern and 1 anuibus bartoli tied to rocks. i have the jf in a corner, where should i put the ab?
Attach it to rock or wood. It also does best in shade rather than direct light; it has a tendancy to develop brush algae in direct light. Floating plants are the best way to solve this.

To the light, two 10w CFL Daylight 6500K bulbs will be fine. GE make these, Phillips too. I happen to use the GE.
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Attach it to rock or wood. It also does best in shade rather than direct light; it has a tendancy to develop brush algae in direct light. Floating plants are the best way to solve this.

To the light, two 10w CFL Daylight 6500K bulbs will be fine. GE make these, Phillips too. I happen to use the GE.
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