Is regular fluorescent enough to grow healthy plants?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by melovefish, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. melovefishValued MemberMember

    i want to grow plants in my new aquarium. i was wordering fluorescent light was going to be enough or will a t5 ho bulb fit in the same light fixture, that fluorescent bulbs fit in. Thanks!!!:;banaman
  2. jetajockeyFishlore VIPMember

    To run a t5/t5ho you'll need a t5 fixture. What kind of fixture do you have now and on what size tank?
  3. melovefishValued MemberMember

    30 gallons 30 in long x 12 in deep x 19 high my light fixture is for regular fluorescent bulbs not sure if that helps
  4. jetajockeyFishlore VIPMember

    Just a single bulb, or two bulbs? Does it have any writing on the bulb? It's likely a t8. You can also tell what type fixture it is based on the diameter of the bulbs, t8's are 1" wide, t5s are 5/8, and t12 are 1.5"
  5. MotherMajesty:)Valued MemberMember

    If you want to keep your existing fixture, go to Lowe's or HomeDepot and get a plant bulb for it. (They'll be marked as such.) At least in my area, the LFS - even the chain stores - don't carry the 'old fashioned' bulbs (the thick ones) anymore, but the hardware stores do, and cheaper, too. It's only good enough for low-light plants, but if you can live with that, you can keep what you have.
  6. kinezumi89Fishlore VIPMember

    I have plants growing in a tank with plane jane T8s and they're doing just fine. :) It depends on the plant, as they have different requirements.

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