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Old 04-19-2013, 12:53 PM   #1 
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Low light plants?

I am looking into putting some plants in a 5.5 gallon tank with standard lighting and am wondering what are some hardy, low light plants? An employee from Petsmart told me when I got the tank/starter kit that I would be able to have plants with the light it came with but I would like a 2nd opinion. In the future I will be setting up a 10 gallon for a possible sorority and would love any advice on lighting and plant choice.
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:03 PM   #2 
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do you know the spec of the light that came with your tank?
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:46 PM   #3 
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Unforunately, I do not :( It is the top fin 5.5 starter that is on sale at petsmart right now. I don't know if that helps at all.
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:49 PM   #4 
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i just looked it up. it says "incandescent bulb"
All you need to do is check to see whether you can switch that out with a 6500k cfl light ^_^
let me know if you are still confused. lol
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If you can find it, I totally recommend this light. http://www.petco.com/product/111943/...cent-Bulb.aspx

It's what I use in all my planted tanks, even my 2.5 gallon!
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:51 AM   #6 
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Thanks for the advice :) I will definitely look into that bulb at petco
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Old 04-20-2013, 03:05 PM   #7 
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By the way, what is your opinion of CaribSeaŽ FloraMax™ Planted Aquarium Substrate?
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:49 PM   #8 
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it's a nice good substrate for plants ^_^ Id say go for it if you like how it looks :D
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Old 04-20-2013, 10:36 PM   #9 
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So do you use it in place of gravel? Does it need a cap? I confused me a bit in the sticky when it advised using potting soil with sand on top o.O is the substrate in place of the soil or can you just use that?

(Sorry for the questions, but thanks so much for answering...if you haven't guessed this will be my first tank with live plants, in the past I always used fake ones >.<)
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XD dw I had those questions once too!
you dont need a cap, you can use it by itself^_^
It'll be hard to cap!

I always wash the substrate first in a bucket. then I add it to the tank and plant everything I want in there.

Afterthat I lay a saran wrap on the substrate to slowly fill the tank without disturbing the substrate. ^_^
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