Lighting for plants, Help!!

Matthew052248

Hi everyone, so I am planning on finally buying a 60 gallon tank. I’m getting it used from a person on Facebook market place. Running perfectly fine and for a good price. The one problem is that the lighting is a little bit too low becuase I really wanted to have some live plants in there for my first time ever. I’ll attach a picture of the tank. Anyways I was looking at different types of plants that may grow in low enough light and thats where I came across subwassertang, Java fern, and java moss on some videos. I am also going to buy many marimo moss balls. I will have to buy the subwassertang, moss balls, and maybe the Java moss online as it is rare where I live. Also planning on using aquarium co op all in one fertilizer on Amazon) Just wondering what you think when you see the light it comes with and whether or not it’s enough. And also if you have any other suggestions or advice. Thanks in advance!
edit: forgot to mention, everything that’s in the tank comes included(even a python water change system). Im gonna position the tanks into more of a one centrepiece kind of thing and probably not use the fake plants unless its looking a little empty ( the ones that look like they aren’t sharp)
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kansas

I've been keeping planted tanks for 2 years. One thing I learned is that plants that grow very well for most people - java moss, christmas moss - won't grow in my water. Other plants - crypts, vals, frogbit - do just fine.

So if some plants don't do well for you, it may not be that your light is wrong, it may be that it's your water chemistry and there's not much you can do about it without going to a lot of trouble. Maybe somebody local - a lfs or a aquarium club - can help you with that.

I found what works for me by trail and error, I like the live plants so it was worth any trouble. They help keep the water clean by processing fish waste and I like how the look. Good luck.
 

Thunder_o_b

It all depends on the plants you want to grow. The ones you listed really need little attention from the keeper. If you plan at some time getting into more advanced plants then you should get a good adjustable LED now. I have several of these (along with other brands) They have preformed very well on a variety of plants from Madagascar lace to several red plants.

I can show you shots of planted aquariums using them if you like.

Search results for: 'finnex 24/7plant plus' - AquaCave.com

EDIT: keep in mind that you will need to feed your plants.. And there are many that have specific needs.
 

Tigerburp

I find hyger lights to be good for the on-budget fish keeper
 

Matthew052248

I've been keeping planted tanks for 2 years. One thing I learned is that plants that grow very well for most people - java moss, christmas moss - won't grow in my water. Other plants - crypts, vals, frogbit - do just fine.

So if some plants don't do well for you, it may not be that your light is wrong, it may be that it's your water chemistry and there's not much you can do about it without going to a lot of trouble. Maybe somebody local - a lfs or a aquarium club - can help you with that.

I found what works for me by trail and error, I like the live plants so it was worth any trouble. They help keep the water clean by processing fish waste and I like how the look. Good luck.
thanks for the reply! I really would like to have plants aswell as the look of them just makes everything look better, plus it literally makes the water cleaner. So I definitely would like plants. were the plants that I listed ok for this type of light on there? and would you recommend any other plants with that type of lighting that are beginner friendly?
It all depends on the plants you want to grow. The ones you listed really need little attention from the keeper. If you plan at some time getting into more advanced plants then you should get a good adjustable LED now. I have several of these (along with other brands) They have preformed very well on a variety of plants from Madagascar lace to several red plants.

I can show you shots of planted aquariums using them if you like.

Search results for: 'finnex 24/7plant plus' - AquaCave.com

EDIT: keep in mind that you will need to feed your plants.. And there are many that have specific needs.
thanks for the reply! the reason why I listed these plants was because cory said on a YouTube video these can grow under any light. were there any other beginner friendly plants that may grow with the light I showed? and also yes I know that plants will need to be fed which is why I said I will be buying their fertilizer! thanks!
I find hyger lights to be good for the on-budget fish keeper
interesting, ill look into it. thanks
 

Fishnturtleguy933

I've got 2 tanks going with loads of plants.
One has a finnex planted plus hlc and the other has a cheaper nicrew. Both grow plants just fine but I've run into the same issues as stated above. Some plants work, some don't. It definitely has more to do with water chemistry than light but, thats not to say some plants don't require higher amounts of light. All of the plants you listed should do fine with low-medium lighting. Cheaper also doesn't limit your brightness either. You can make some bright diy leds that work just as well as the market lights.
 

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