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Bought Marineland LED kit, am I out of luck for live plants?
I just got this 10 Gallon Marineland LED 100 kit, long story short, I found out later this light is pretty bad when it comes to growing live plants. The tank is cycling right now with a java fern in it, the store assistant sold it to me along with the tank.
I do want more live plants, but am i really out of luck? can someone suggest me some plants that might be suitable for my tank set up?If there is any! My sources for plants are limited, there is only a petsmart, petco and 2 local pet store around me and they don't carry that many plants. What about small pound plants from nurseries?
I found a banana plant in one of the local pet shop, the guy told me it's ok with low light, I don't trust him much because they didn't take care of their fishes. I checked some websites, ones says it's ok with low light the other says needs high light, will this work in my tank?
Any advice would be appreciated.
the problem with LEDs is that they lack penetration power and are often more narrow spectrumed than the common t8s or t5s. Plants like banana plants will shoot up leaves higher to catch more lights in low light conditions. The java fern is the same, it will feature longer leaves to try and reach more light. Both should be ok. However, note that banana plants do better in cooler tempratures and java ferns do better in "tropical" tempratures.
Lots of low-light plants should do ok, try looking in anubias plants and even some swords. Floating plants will also do ok with LED lighting.
Your plant sources in the neighborhood may be limited (as are mine) but don't forget the magic of online stores and shopping! I order all my plants online. Without the internet all I'd have in my tank would be some crappy looking java moss, straggly swords and algae covered anacharis!
Anubias? I went to Petsmart today, saw them settled down their roots the rocks and they have it for abou $12, it says medium -intensive light? I would LOVE to have one of those, are we talking about the same thing? I am all excited now.
anubias prefer lower lights, brighter lights will actually cause the leaves to develop holes and die. If your lights are really low, the leave stems will grow really long. I grow mine in very diffused light under the shade of my amazon swords. Do not bury the roots, they need the rhizome above water to be healthy, under the gravel, they will rot and die.
A few people on the forums use sweet aquatics and they all seem to have had a good experience with them. I personally use thatfishplace, which is actually located in PA. Your profile says you are from PA so if you are near Lancaster, you can visit their store directly.
Thanks for your information! I am about 1.5 hour drive to thatfishplace, but nothing is too far to get good quality pet fish plant.
Low-light plants should do OK- did someone mention java moss? It should work too...
Along with some of the hardier crypts... (wendtii comes to mind).
I personally like sweetaquatics. They get really busy at times, but when you get 50-80% off of chain store prices, it's worth it IMO.
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