Low light plants for top fin lighting

Virtualmaze

Any plans that could survive top fin 55 led lighting?
I would much rather keep the closed top as it is now... Is that possible? Would love a green tank.... Not picky about what plants.
Changed to sand substrate after the picture.
 

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TClare

In addition there are also some stem plants that will grow and help to fill out the tank more quickly. I have had success with Limnophila sessiliflora, Hygrophila and Heteranthera zosterifolia in low light tanks.
 

CindiL

Anubias also would do well. The biggest problem with low light tanks is that diatoms often will out compete your plants. A medium light fixture helps prevent them.
 

ChrissFishes01

Cryptocorynes would be a fantastic choice.

They come in a huge variety of leaf shapes and colors - Crypt Wendtii Green and Red both have fairly broad leaves, although the leaves are usually a bronzeish color in low-light with the Red variety. Something like Crypt Parva or Lucens is a bit taller with narrow, light green leaves. Crypt Spiralis gets much taller than the other common varieties and has spiraling, green leaves.

All are low-light root feeders - root tabs under them will help healthy growth, but I've grown them before without them.
 

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TClare

The biggest problem with low light tanks is that diatoms often will out compete your plants.
This is true if you only have a few, slow growing plants, but with a greater plant mass from the beginning diatoms will be less of a problem, even in low light set ups. That is why in a new tank stem plants are good to include along with the much slower growing Anubias, Cryptocorynes etc. With this strategy I have found that diatoms, even if they appear early on, quickly disappear as the plants become established.
 

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