Beginner planted aquarium

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by Dylfish2000, Aug 11, 2015.

  1. Dylfish2000Valued MemberMember

    So out of curiosity and their beauty, I was wondering if I could have any live plants in my tank, however I don't have any special substrate lighting or co2 devices. Would any plants be able to survive in this setting, or would I need special lighting? I just have normal aquarium sand as the substrate



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  2. BluestreakflWell Known MemberMember

    What kind of light do you have? Particularly the color temperature if its on the bulb, also what wattage, and what tank size? There are alot of easy low light plants.
     




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  4. Dylfish2000Valued MemberMember

    The tank is 15 gallons and it's only a 8 watt bulb, is that too little light?


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  5. BluestreakflWell Known MemberMember

    It's at the very low end of low light in my opinion, not sure how well things would grow. You might be able to get away with the ones junebug mentioned. If you were able to get something a bit higher wattage with stronger output, it would open up your options some.


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  6. Dylfish2000Valued MemberMember

    Thanks I was just curious since I live the look of live plants


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  7. Dylfish2000Valued MemberMember

    How much wattage would I need for a 15 gallon tank?


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  8. BluestreakflWell Known MemberMember

    Is it the tall tank in your profile picture?
     
  9. Dylfish2000Valued MemberMember

    Yes


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  10. BluestreakflWell Known MemberMember

    Id go with the highest watt bulb you can safely put in your fixture. Youll need the extra output to get the light to penetrate to the deeper than normal dimensions of the tank. Youll want to aim for something in the 6500k color temperature range.
     
  11. Dylfish2000Valued MemberMember

    Sounds good thank you


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  12. junebugFishlore LegendMember

    If that's a 15 gallon aqueon tower, I can tell you from experience, you're going to need it to get at least a few hours of actual daylight every day if you want live plants other than the ones I listed. I have the same tank. I plan to use it for reptiles now, it does not work well for fish.
     
  13. Dylfish2000Valued MemberMember

    The room tat it is in is very small with three windows, so I there is a lot of natural sunlight that enters the room. Right now my Beta is living in there, but I do agree with you, the weird dimensions don't make it such a great tank for schooling fish, which would normally fit in a tank of that size.


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  14. Dylfish2000Valued MemberMember

    Quick question my bulb has 120 volts is that enough for low light plants? I assume it's not


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  16. BluestreakflWell Known MemberMember

    120v just means it runs on a standard plug, youll want to look at wattage and color temperature.
     
  17. junebugFishlore LegendMember

    You actually want to look at PAR rating and spectrum. The Kelvin rating (heat temp, not color temp) is also important. You want that in the 6500k area.

    WPG is an extremely inaccurate way to measure the light reaching plants in a tank.

    For the record, if you have a betta in there, you'll want to get a tall piece of driftwood and plant some stuff at the top of it, close to the surface, so he can rest there if need be. Bettas are not a good match for tall tanks.
     
  18. BluestreakflWell Known MemberMember

    Won't the PAR value vary though depending on the depth of the tank? That's why I suggested a higher wattage, for brighter output to reach the deep dimensions of the tank, which would this give a better PAR value.


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  19. junebugFishlore LegendMember

    As far as I know, wattage doesn't have a direct translation to PAR value. I asked a user here if he knew the conversion formula, but I haven't seen a response yet.

    It really doesn't matter, anyway. Any bulb that fits in the fixture for this tank (again I have the same tank) is not going to provide enough light for plants at the substrate level. But plants attached higher up might do okay.
     
  20. tyguy7760Fishlore VIPMember

    You could also try anacharis. Before I upgraded to the finnex planted plus my anacharis was growing well. It grows like crazy now
     
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