Looking for plant ideas to plant a 55 gallon tank that has no co2 injection. I have an aquasky light but can move into a plant 3.0 if necessary. I especially would like a plant that can carpet the tank and some red colors. I am thinking of switching out my carib sea complete substrate with soil.
I just planted tiger lotus, which can grow without high light levels and has some nice red coloration. You can let them grow high and extend to the surface of the tank, or try to prune them so they grow wider. Also I think it doesn’t need any CO2 injection to thrive. Did you fill the tank already? You will probably want to drain it if you’re switching substrate.
For a carpeting plant, I’d recommend S. Repens or Monte Carlo.
For a red plant, Ludwigia Sp. Red is pretty much the reddest plant you can get for a non-CO2 injected tank.
If you do upgrade your lighting beyond the aquasky, I recommend going with a light with lots of red and blue, because that’s the most important aspect to getting more red out of plants and better color contrast in your tank in general. 99 percent of LEDs don’t have enough red light. A good option on the affordable end would be the Finnex Planted+ 24/7. Other options in a similar price range as the Fluval 3.0 include lights by Chihiros, Twinstar, and ONF. Just make sure to find the lights color spectrum if it isn’t one of these that I’ve mentioned and check for lots of red.
Here is my chihiros light’s color spectrum:
Here is the Fluval 3.0 color spectrum which I actually upgraded from:
You can see that the Fluval 3.0 has a ton of blue but not much red or green.