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veloman 09-09-2007 10:00 AM

Help with Plant Identification
 
I am new to the hobby and this is my first tank. I decided to go with a planted tank and picked up some plants from my local Petco. Problem is that none of them were labeled. Can some assist with the identification of these plants? Photos are attached.

Also I am using a 15W flurescent bulb that came with the hood kit. I tried going with a Flora-GLo 2800K 15W 18" bulb which said it was for plants. Problem is that the light was very yellowish and made the tank look terrible. Is it ok to stick with the stock bulb with the kit? Can anyone recommend a bulb that is meant for plants but also will showcase the fish and appearance of the tank.

The tank is 26 gallons, 1 week old and I have added plant nutrient tablets.

Thanks

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fish_4_all 09-09-2007 10:18 AM

I am glad you came here and asked about the plants. I wish that LFS would not sell non-aquatic plants to unsuspecting plant owners. It is a shame that more LFS owners don't take a smuch time to care about the plants they sell and their owners instead of selling what looks good knowing it will rot.

Click Here for a good site on plant id's and what they require as far as light.

The one on the far right is definately not aquatic. It is a dracenea species and will slowly rot in your tank, Dracena sanderiana. The one on the far right is also likely not aquatic, looks like Brazilian sword but not possitive.

The other one on the right looks like Wisteria although it will go through a large change as it looks like it is grown emersed.

The grassy one on the bottom right looks like it could me mictosword in which case your lighting will be insifficeint for it to grow well if at all.

The other plant on the left looks like either a Bacopa or a wort of some kinds, also looks like it was grow emersed because of how thick the stem is and the spacing of the leaves.

As far as the light goes, you may or may not get much growth from that light depending on what plants you choose. The spectrum of the bulb is important and any light that is 6500K or higher will work fine. The higher the K the whiter it should be.

veloman 09-09-2007 12:53 PM

Thanks for the advice. I am going to petco now to return the Dracena. This was sold in one of those plastic tubes and was labeled as aquatic...after doing some research your advice is correct. I am going to see how the others fare. The were grown in a separate tank at Petco and were in water when I purchased them. Again thanks for sharing your expertise.

tigger 09-09-2007 04:31 PM

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Originally Posted by fish_4_all
The spectrum of the bulb is important and any light that is 6500K or higher will work fine. The higher the K the whiter it should be.

Not quite - 6500K is around daylight and is good for plants, the higher it gets the bluer the colour of the light because this end of the spectrum is blue (the other end is red, so a bulb with a low k rating will be pink/reddish).

As I understand it, some people swear by 6500K bulbs, but others swear by using a combination of pinkish, bluish and daylight bulbs to ensure that plants get the full spectrum of lighting (and plus to the human eye the tank/fish/plants look better with a range of spectrum lighting imo).

fish_4_all 09-09-2007 10:01 PM

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Not quite - 6500K is around daylight and is good for plants, the higher it gets the bluer the colour of the light because this end of the spectrum is blue (the other end is red, so a bulb with a low k rating will be pink/reddish).
True to an extent, the extent is you have to trust that the bulb company is telling the whole truth. So many companies claim a bulb is 10,000K, 6,500K, and so on and the actual color of the bulb is something you don;t expect. My LFS has some 10,000K bulbs that are as white light as oyu could ever expect. The funny thing is I have a "plant gro" bulb and it is blue in color but the actual K is only 3,500.

The best advice is what tigger said, a full array of different bulbs that covers a lot of different spectrums is best for a planted tank. Actinincs are actually excellent for plants combined with a high enough wattage from other bulbs.

I know this didn't help much but gives oyu an idea of where to start. Check out different bulbs until you find one that matches the color you want. If your LFS won't help you do this then go somewhere like Home Depot or another larger Hardware store and you should be able to get the right color for what you want for your tank and still get a good enough light to grow some plants at your 15 watts.


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