Originally Posted by Trinity
I just got a tank from my brother & I wanted to add live plants to it. He said he had live plants at one time & they grew like weeds. He only has a 18" 15w single bulb fixture, I went out and got a 6700 bulb for it since the one in it was blown.
Anyways is this enough for a 50gallon hexagon tank? I was thinking about getting a 24" x2 for it but didnt want to waste the money if the one I currently have is sufficient.
Here is a picture of it with the light on.
It is a deeper than average tank, but if you select low light plants, perhaps the one 6700K would be sufficient.
You can always increase the light if plants do poorly with 10 hours of light and then darkness.
Could not help but notice that in the photo,, nearly all of the fish are at the surface. This leads me to ask, have you Cycled the tank?
Or were the fish feeding?
Plants that would for sure do well would be floating plants, closer to the light,and CO2 /oxygen exchange that takes place near the surface ,,would expidite their growth.
Research the plants and stay clear of those that require high light in excess of 2 to 3 watts per gallon or red colored plants unless ,,you decide at some point to inject CO2 and then only after reading /learning from others what trade off's there are between low tech planted aquariums ,and those running CO2 injection.
Would start with Byron's three or four part series on planted aquariums (natural) posted here on the Forum.