I have a couple questions maybe someone can answer.
I have some java moss (or some such similar moss) that is doing well in all of them. I have a few bits of some sort of plant that I didn't kill growing it in the 5 gallon with no light. (I took low light to the extreme unintentionally- but it did get a little indirect natural light. I moved the bits since then into the other aquariums. I have not tried the moss either with this new light yet.)
I went to Petsmart and found the Marineland LED Aquarium Light
. I bought it because my 5 gallon tank had no light and this model even has moonlight which I am sure my Betta probably doesn't need but looks nice IMO.
I also went on a shopping spree and got a piece of Zoo Med mopani wood and two java ferns labeled as "4" tropical fern plants" Microsorium pteropus in the little Top Fin tubes.
I used the search function in the forums and can't find the info to answer my questions.
What is the best way to prepare Mopani wood for the aquarium?
Has anyone tried breaking up a large piece? If so how? (If you have actually done it.)
Will Java fern do O.K. in a cycled 5 gallon running a sponge filter under that LED light I listed above even though Marineland does not recommend using this
LED strip for live plants? (considering its low light requirements?)
Here are the specs of the light: (PDF file on Marineland's web site)
Main link to light off of Marineland web site:
My master plan was going to be to bust up the Mopani wood and attach either the full plant I got with cotton string, (unraveled cotton butcher string) or cut it into a couple different plants and attach them to the wood and put a piece in my aquariums. (If I won't kill the fern doing so)
My Aqueon 2.5 gallon bow tank has a 10 watt 50/50 Daylight/Bluelight bulb. (I just got this bulb and am trying it out. It makes a strange smell when I ran the tank light for an hour. The tank says it can take up to 15 watts max and the bulb is 10 watts. Does anyone know if the smell will go away? Does this happen with new fluorescent bulbs?
I am thinking I should call Aqueon tomorrow just to be sure no matter what lol, I don't want to start a fire or kill my birds with weird fumes.)
The rest are just running regular 10-15 watt incandescent bulbs.