30 Gallon Tank Which light/wattage for low light plants?

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I am starting my first aquarium...a 30 gallon long. I have done lots of research, but seem to get contradicting information especially when it comes to lighting and filtration. I will post my filter question in the appropriate area, but my lighting question is this:I just want some low light plants because I do not want fake plants in my aquarium. I was thinking about some java fern, maybe java moss, cryptocorynes, anubias, and hopefully a sword or two for height. Eventually I want to have a school of 9 tetras, a trio of apistos, and maybe a couple other small friendly fish. Less than 35 inches of small fish. The guy at our local aquarium store said that I can totally get away with a single strip 36" plant light. Is this accurate? Is so, should I go with the 6700k bulb that the sticky about low light plants suggests? Any tips are greatly appreciated!
 

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I have a 48watt in my 29 gallon, which is 18"high and the above plants are doing well. how many watts is the bulb? i dont know enough to tell you based on "k"s, but im sure others can. I thnk most swords will want higher levels of light, but for hight, i have Hygrophilia Salicifolia, which is doing OK, but i think would appreicate a bit more light. i tried the twisty Val's, but they died.

aim for at least 1.5 watts per gallon, and the java fern, java moss, anubias, and cryts will do great
 

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First let me say Welcome to fishlore Naggler
now a would say the 35 inchs of fish in a 30gal tank well be very over stocked
now for the light 45 watts sounds about right but java moss may need more light then that
 

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I just want some low light plants because I do not want fake plants in my aquarium. I was thinking about some java fern, maybe java moss, cryptocorynes, anubias, and hopefully a sword or two for height. Eventually I want to have a school of 9 tetras, a trio of apistos, and maybe a couple other small friendly fish. Less than 35 inches of small fish. The guy at our local aquarium store said that I can totally get away with a single strip 36" plant light. Is this accurate? Is so, should I go with the 6700k bulb that the sticky about low light plants suggests? Any tips are greatly appreciated!
A single bulb would work for those plants.This one would be fine,


Or, I have used this fixture on a 30 gallon with all the plants you mentioned,and it works fine too.

now a would say the 35 inchs of fish in a 30gal tank well be very over stocked
The one inch of fish,for one gallon of water is bunk. The only problem I can see with your suggested stock is if the apistos breed,they may not want any other fish in the tank. If you keep a pair,they are less likely to breed,and your community will have a better chance of succeeding.
 

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Mistyped!!! I would not ever try to get that much fish in there especially if it's planted! I meant 25 inches, but really, all I plan on having right now is a school of tetras and the apistos. I hope to get them to breed eventually! Thanks for the tips so far...and fast responses! I love this forum...
 
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