Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: North Central, OH
You need to go get some Compact flourescent lights, they have the aquarimax brand in the fish section of walmart, 10 watts a piece and 650k. That'd be the easiest way to get them, but if you want a better deal you can look around in walmarts lighting section, or any home improvement store for some CFLs. Try for minimum 2watts/gallon
8-12 hours/day of light
You can have the lowest amount of number you want, really, you could stick two floaters in the tank and they'd be fine, just dont expect them to do much for your water quality that way. Really you could also add as many as you'd like, just make sure you get fertilizer just in case the fertilization source (fish) in the tank isnt enough to keep them healthy.
You dont specifically need anything other than fertilizer, but sometimes you dont even need that, depending on how many fish you have in the tank.
I'd stay away from duckweed, that grows like a weed, I'd get amazon frogbit or water lettuce instead if you want a floater, the water sprite and hornwort could need to be trimmed often, but it depends on all the different factors going on in your tank and water and lighting. trim them like halfway up the plant and re-plant wherever you want. The val's spread runners so you dont need to mess with that, when leaves get too high just cut them like grass, you cant replant those. I have never heard of plants breaking holes into the side of tanks. LOL that'd be interesting, I think you'd need something with stronger roots, most of what you are looking at are stem plants and dont have major root systems.
water sprite is an awesome plant, it can survive through anything. I had it arrive to me dead a few months ago and all I did was put the bits and pieces into my tanks and they started growing new shoots.
hornwort is a floater that can also be planted, it sheds its needles in new water parameters so you'll want to have your gravel vac ready, but its a nice plant!
java moss - I love java moss! it can be grown in practically no light. I keep it in every tank I have just to help a little with water quality. Its a slow grower at first but when it takes off it can take over your tank, all you have to do is break off what you dont want in the original tank when it comes time to trim and transplant or throw out.
jungle val - the only rooted plant in the bunch - nice and easy to care for, doesnt do well with medications so you'll want to move those out if you have to medicate the tank, and it will sometimes melt in new water param's, but all in all a nice plant and I recommend.
and duckweed -- i dont recommend it just because it's hard to remove once it gets in your tanks
10 HM, 3 HMPK, 5 HMPK fry
8 German Blue Ram, 5 Green Dragon BNP, 4 Albino BNP, 4 Calico BNP, 6 Red BNP, 5 Kuhli Loaches, 2 ADF, 7 Peppered Cories, & 6 Tiger Endlers + Fry
12 full time tanks, 4 NPT, 6 QT/Breeders