Originally Posted by DormDrax
I too would like some colorful plants... yeah yeah high light, extra care... your talking to the OCD cleaner guy extra care isn't an issue...
START NAMING THE COLORFUL PLANTS! WOOO!
Ok Mr. OCD or anyone else who is interested in some colorful plants. Here is a list of some colorful plants:
1. Telanthera, Rosaefolia [Alternanthera reineckii] Bright light, hardy
2.) Red Bacopa [Bacopa sp. 'Red'] Bright light, easy
3.) Orchid Lily [Barclaya longifolia 'Red'] medium light, challenging
4.) Red Cabomba, Forked Fanwort, Cabomba Piauhyensis [Cabomba furcata] Bright light, challenging
5.) Red Foxtail [Myriophyllum simulans] Bright light, hardy
6.) Tiger Lotus [Nymphaea lotus zenkeri 'Red'] Medium light, easy
7.) Red Rotala [Rotala macrandra] Bright light, challenging
8.) Indica [Rotala indica] Medium light, hardy
9.) Colorata Rotala [Rotal sp. 'Colorata'] Medium light, easy
Couldn't find a picture :P
10.) Variegated Rotala [Rotala macrandra 'Variegated'] Bright light, challenging
Now I think the simplest way to think about lighting a tank is the 'watt per gallon' rule. I think this is a good rule to go by for tanks that aren't over 3 feet deep.
Light Level Watts/Gallon
Very Bright 3+
So for a 10 gallon tank, you would need 10-20 watts for a low light level, 20-25 watts for a medium light level, 25-30 watts for a bright light level, and 30+ watts for very bright.
The color spectrum of light is the Kelvin rating. Think of a rainbow (ROY G BIV) red is low kelvin rating while violet is a higher kelvin rating. Ideally, you want a bulb in the 5,000K-10,000K. Red colored plants will reflect red light therefore you want a bulb around 6,500K (light will have a blue tint allowing the red plant to absorb this light and photosynthesize).
I hope this helps anyone looking into plants, I know I'm trying to do just that. Next time, I'll try and explain CO2 and plant ferts. :)
Oh, and if anyone feels the need to correct anything or share some input feel free. I am not a plant expert! ;P