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Christople 01-07-2011 11:37 PM

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.

Mikaila31 01-08-2011 06:48 AM

switch your incandescent to a spiral compact(energy saver bulb).

Christople 01-08-2011 10:29 AM

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

redchigh 01-08-2011 10:39 AM

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...

Christople 01-09-2011 09:01 PM

no I ment incandesent light bulbs

Mikaila31 01-09-2011 09:25 PM

crazy how old is your tank to have incandescents.

DanMarion 01-09-2011 09:36 PM

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.

SinCrisis 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.

Christople 01-10-2011 07:18 PM

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

SinCrisis 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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