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post #1 of 30 Old 01-07-2011, 11:37 PM Thread Starter
Plant with no light

Hi I was wondering if i could put some java fern n my tank... The light is incandesent and it is well established. there are two rams, 1 bushy nose, 5 kuhlis, 3 ghost shrimp, 1 bulldog pleco, and 12 neons... the pH is around 6 and there is plenty of fish poop to go around... I wouldn't be loading up on plants just a few... I am looking for a plant that fry eat, mainly ram fry.

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Pelvicachromis Taeniatus Nigerian Red not yet breeding pair
4 Pangio Kuhli
12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
1 Ancistrus Sp.
6 Poecilia Reticulata




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post #2 of 30 Old 01-08-2011, 06:48 AM
switch your incandescent to a spiral compact(energy saver bulb).

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post #3 of 30 Old 01-08-2011, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
Mikaila31;553886]switch your incandescent to a spiral compact(energy saver bulb).

um okay where could I find one of these and what is the cost and do these come in 24 inch length

38 gallon :
Pelvicachromis Taeniatus Nigerian Red not yet breeding pair
4 Pangio Kuhli
12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
1 Ancistrus Sp.
6 Poecilia Reticulata




The Wet Spot Portland Oregon!!!!!!

ADA: Do!aqua Iwagumi 10 gallon size!
7 Clown Killies
7 Ghost shrimp
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post #4 of 30 Old 01-08-2011, 10:39 AM
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ou said they were incandescent- those are the screw-in bulbs. Did you mean Flourescent tubes? :)

I wouldn't count on anything eating java fern...

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post #5 of 30 Old 01-09-2011, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
no I ment incandesent light bulbs

38 gallon :
Pelvicachromis Taeniatus Nigerian Red not yet breeding pair
4 Pangio Kuhli
12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
1 Ancistrus Sp.
6 Poecilia Reticulata




The Wet Spot Portland Oregon!!!!!!

ADA: Do!aqua Iwagumi 10 gallon size!
7 Clown Killies
7 Ghost shrimp
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post #6 of 30 Old 01-09-2011, 09:25 PM
crazy how old is your tank to have incandescents.

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post #7 of 30 Old 01-09-2011, 09:36 PM
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If it is incandescent, you wouldn't need a "24" bulb". Incandescent bulbs are the old style ones that screw into the light socket, with a filament on the inside.

Fluorescent are the tube lights, Or CFL bulbs are the spiral flourescent that were mentioned. You can buy them at Wal-Mart for a couple bucks. It is able to screw into an incandescent light socket and put out fluorescent light.

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post #8 of 30 Old 01-10-2011, 09:25 AM
java fern basically grows basically everywhere and under a huge range of conditions and not many fish will eat it. Its one of those super plants that just works for everyone. The only issue ive ever seen with it is that if theres too much light the leaves can turn clear and melt.
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post #9 of 30 Old 01-10-2011, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
Okay I have a tube light but it is not a plant light.. My tank is about 3 years old... The ligh tis about to die so what should I get and 24 inch is the size as I already knew

38 gallon :
Pelvicachromis Taeniatus Nigerian Red not yet breeding pair
4 Pangio Kuhli
12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
1 Ancistrus Sp.
6 Poecilia Reticulata




The Wet Spot Portland Oregon!!!!!!

ADA: Do!aqua Iwagumi 10 gallon size!
7 Clown Killies
7 Ghost shrimp
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post #10 of 30 Old 01-10-2011, 09:58 PM
6700k is the max spectrum freshwater plants can utilize so i would try and get as close to that as possible but spectrums are only for fluorescent lights, i dont think incandescent bulbs come in tubes though, nor are they rated for spectrum, at least to the best of my knowledge they arent.
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