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beaufred 03-19-2008 11:04 PM

Got a new aquarium and want to grow plants
I have an aquarium I just picked up. It is a 37 gallon eclipse with one of those all in one tops. It has two 15 watt bulbs I think. I had a 29 gallon before it and was never able to get plants to grow with just the single light. Do I have enough light to grow plants now. If so what type of plants would do well. It is a community tank with lots of livebearers. Any help would be appreciated.

herefishy 03-20-2008 12:52 AM

Any low to medium light plants. Amazon swords, crypts, sags, apondogens would work.

A good substrate is also necessary. I use EcoComplete for Planted Tanks. Other substrate include Flourite or a gravel mix using laterite.

Fertilizers can either be dry or liquid. I like Pfertz, a liquid, for my smaller, low tech setups. It is very user friendly and comes in four pump bottles. They are also a sponsor of the forum.

beaufred 03-20-2008 01:01 PM

Thanks for imput. Any idea what type of plant these are
Here are a couple of pictures of the plants that I picked up locally. Sorry for my ignorance but is substrate gravel? Can you tell from my pictures if what I have is any good? Is EcoComplete something I can pick up at like a petsmart or would I have to order it online?



herefishy 03-20-2008 01:13 PM

Pics? EcoComplete should be available at any reputable lfs. Yes, substrate is gravel.

Check out this link for pics of plants.

Some are high light, some meet your conditions.

beaufred 03-20-2008 01:55 PM

I cant figure out how to post pics can I send them over via email to you

Flashygrrl 03-20-2008 04:25 PM

When your in the message box, under insert it'll have an upload image option. Click that and the rest is very easy.

beaufred 03-20-2008 05:45 PM


dougz 04-03-2008 02:09 PM

With that lighting (1wpg) you're pretty restricted as to what plants you can expect to grow well..

How high is the tank? 18"?

beaufred 04-03-2008 06:08 PM

Looks like it is right about 18 inches tall. I may be able to get a retro kit that has one 65watt light

dougz 04-03-2008 06:16 PM


I may be able to get a retro kit that has one 65watt light
That would definitely be better..

Is it a T-5?

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