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athlete3344 06-06-2008 10:45 AM

Looking to plant a couple easy plants...
But I dont know too much about it. Ive been reading for the last 2 days and Im still pretty confused about it.

I have a 55g tank which is still cycling and the lighting my tank has is a 35W florescent light, which Im guessing I would have to get a higher wattage one. The substrate Im using is gravel.

What type of easy plants would I be able to maintain (mainly shorter bushier types)?

What other equipment will I need along with type of fertilizer?

If anyone could post a link to something other then Rex's on planting aquatic plants then it would be awesome, his guide is great, just too much for me right now.

I plan on getting zebra loaches so they're the main reason why I want to do 3 or 4 plants.

Just found out how easy a Java Fern is to keep, what would I need to keep these healthy?

okiemavis 06-06-2008 04:30 PM

It's pretty hard NOT to keep java fern healthy, although I would recommend upgrading your lights. Liquid ferts should also be added, Flourish brand is very good, I've tried a lot and that's the one I stuck with.

Another very cool short, bushy plant is pygmy chain sword. They're small, common, cheap and reproduce quickly. I love the one I bought and have used runners it had produced to add plants to other tanks as well.

athlete3344 06-06-2008 05:17 PM

Ah, I just went out and bought a new housing because my older one developed rust around one of the connectors and fell off. Can I buy a stronger light or will I have to get an entire new housing?

okiemavis 06-06-2008 05:54 PM

You can retrofit the current set, but you'll need new wiring. I'm not actually sure it would be that much cheaper. AH supply is pretty much the company people around here turn to. Check these out, the 36 watt is the correct size:

athlete3344 06-06-2008 06:11 PM

Is the rewiring tough? It might be something for a future project but Im somewhat tight on cash right now.

During the day the tank gets light for maybe 3-4 hours but not directly.

If I buy the 1 x 36 watt Bright Kit item# 30361, will it fit into my 48" housing or will I have to rig it?

I may have worded my question wrong. Am I able to buy a higher wattage bulb or will the new housing have to be rewired?

okiemavis 06-06-2008 08:05 PM

Sorry, I was being a dummy, for some reason I had it in my head that you had a 10 gallon.

Nah, you'll have to get one that's the proper length. Supposedly the wiring is pretty dummy proof and they provide very detailed instructions. I'm not sure how good they actually are tho.

athlete3344 06-06-2008 10:17 PM

Ill give it a try later. I figure if I can wire a car, I can wire a light housing haha.

Would the Java Fern be able to survive in my current conditions though(after I add in fish and fertilizer that is)?

okiemavis 06-07-2008 11:48 AM

Do you have any sunlight that hits the tank? Either direct or indirect?

I actually wouldn't add fertilizer with your current lighting scheme. Too little light + too many nutrients = algae

athlete3344 06-07-2008 02:47 PM

Yea just a few hours of the day though.

So which kit do I need for the 48" housing on a 55g tank?

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