Originally Posted by wallywestisthebest333
I'll try to pick up a cheap desk lamp at walmart if I decide to get another tank! =] It's gonna be a challenge finding low watt fluorescent bulbs that;ll fit though! XD At least I've got a good idea of filters I can use and stuff. =]
Plants require a certain color temperature to thrive. You should look into getting bulbs with a color temperature of 5000K to 6500K (they tend to do better in the 6500K).
You may also want to try mixing bulbs. Plants need red and blue light for photosynthesis, so you will want a bulb with quite a bit of red and blue light for your plants to grow. But, if you have just the red and blue wavelengths, it won't be quite as aesthetically pleasing.
Green light will make your tank look brighter, but serves as no use to the plants.
So take a look at the spectrum chart on the box of the bulb.
Originally Posted by Drift
I don't really think driftwood is any specific type of wood.
It's special in that it won't rot like any old piece of wood you may find in your yard.
One of the Petcos near me always has dying fish, so be very careful to make sure the driftwood doesn't come out of water that has sick fish, and remember, usually many tanks at the pet store are linked together, so if the fish in the tank with the driftwood look fine, but the ones next to it aren't its a no-go.