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post #11 of 20 Old 07-01-2010, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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Do you reckon a desk lamp would help plants grow? Last night I made my Java moss carpet and as I don't have a light i'm afraid it will die, it was doing fine stuck to a ceramic pot but now as it has a mesh cover I'm uncertain whether it will grow or not. If a desk lamp can be used what wattage bulb would be best?
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post #12 of 20 Old 07-02-2010, 11:57 AM
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Do you reckon a desk lamp would help plants grow? Last night I made my Java moss carpet and as I don't have a light i'm afraid it will die, it was doing fine stuck to a ceramic pot but now as it has a mesh cover I'm uncertain whether it will grow or not. If a desk lamp can be used what wattage bulb would be best?
There has to be some light getting to the plants in the aquarium. You don't mention whether there is a window near this tank, but that can work. General room light will not be sufficient, so in the absence of a window I would set up some sort of light, and a desk-type lamp can work over smaller tanks. The best bulbs are the compact fluorescent ones that are widely available now. A natural daylight type in the lowest wattage you can buy will be sufficient over a small tank, by which I mean 20g and under.

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post #13 of 20 Old 07-02-2010, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry yeah the tank is on my windowsill and it gets direct sunlight from around 11am to 6pm, I also then have a marina LED light that I use at night for a few hours when the room is completely dark.

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I just thought a stronger light would have a better effect
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Sorry yeah the tank is on my windowsill and it gets direct sunlight from around 11am to 6pm, I also then have a marina LED light that I use at night for a few hours when the room is completely dark.

http://images.nitrosell.com/product_...-led-light.jpg

I just thought a stronger light would have a better effect
Not with that much daylight, it is sufficient. Watch the direct sun, aside from being strong and likely causing algae, it also heats the water and this can rise very fast. A shade preventing direct sun would be worth while.

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post #15 of 20 Old 07-10-2010, 08:41 AM Thread Starter
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Well eventually my patients wore thin and I took the moss out of the mesh, to my surprise it has grown a substantial amount so its now sitting in the tank very neatly :)

I'm just having personal issues with my 12 gallon and its boring interior now lol I want to heavily plant the tank but im scared, when I first started with live plants I used to be alright at keeping them nice and plantlike but my fish have devoured them and now my tank looks more like a shark once lived there lol
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Well eventually my patients wore thin and I took the moss out of the mesh, to my surprise it has grown a substantial amount so its now sitting in the tank very neatly :)

I'm just having personal issues with my 12 gallon and its boring interior now lol I want to heavily plant the tank but im scared, when I first started with live plants I used to be alright at keeping them nice and plantlike but my fish have devoured them and now my tank looks more like a shark once lived there lol

This is my fear exactly with live plants. I love how they look, I just hope I can handle taking care of them. I am not known for my green thumb abilities.
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This is my fear exactly with live plants. I love how they look, I just hope I can handle taking care of them. I am not known for my green thumb abilities.
The answer is to go simple. I frequently say that aquarium plants are somewhat easier than fish to keep healthy, and I think that's true. There are a few requirements--adequate light (intensity and duration) and nutrients (from the fish, biological actions in the tank, and liquid fertilizer)--but these are fairly easy to set up and once these are provided, the plants tend to manage on their own. The stability once set (the balance between light and nutrients) usually remains unless the aquarist interferes significantly; disease and such is far less likely with plants than fish.

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post #18 of 20 Old 07-10-2010, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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I even manage to kill easy plants, at the minute I have 2 surviving out of around 15-20. So, IMO fish are easier to keep than plants because all my fish still live :) lol
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I think I can, I think I can, I think I can. <<<< That is me talking myself into it. :)
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post #20 of 20 Old 07-10-2010, 12:57 PM Thread Starter
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I think I can, I think I can, I think I can. <<<< That is me talking myself into it. :)
No, no, no

I know I can, I know I can, I know I can <<< thats what you need to say :p :)

Ive had java moss for about 2 weeks now and its showing no sign of dying but everytime I put it in my 12 gallon the 2 remaining rosy barbs eat it

You could try java moss? its easy peasy to look after and grows reallllly slow so no need for maintaining, its also low light, so you wont need all the lights in las vegas to grow it :)

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