Being blessed with living in the Mediterranean, the days over here tend to be very sunny, even during winter.
My tank is situated in such a manner that it receives at least 8 hours of indirect sunlight during winter and at least 12 hours of indirect sunlight during summer. This indirect sunlight is luminous enough to comfortably read a book by, if that is any good an indicator.
I would love to replace all of my plastic plants with real ones, so I've introduced a Java Fern. The Java Fern has been in my tank for over a week now, and it is doing fantastically.
I plan on introducing more plants to my 48 gallon aquarium, so I did some research on what I should introduce, depending on the plants' light requirements and their overall aesthetics, and came up with a short list:
- Java Moss
- Cryptocoryne Wendtii
- Amazon Swords
- The aforementioned Java Fern
Would these plants live comfortably with the aforementioned levels of lighting?
Do they require fertilisers or added CO2?
P.S: Might I also add that the substrate is a fine gravel, almost what you'd call large and grainy sand.
I've also got a nice piece of driftwood established in my tank, which I think would look beautiful when planted with Java Ferns and some Java Moss.