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Flourish is what I use for my tanks. I have a lot of floating plants that do not feed rooting in substrate. for those that do I use plant tabs every 6 mo.

You will find that any basic plant (what they call beginner plants ) that is low light does not need things like carbon, iron, and CO2 so flourish and advanced are what I use in my tanks along with 8 hours of light they do well.Now with my other aquariums where I have different plants that require Medium to high lighting then it becomes a different story. Each plant has different likes and dislikes in nutrition, PH and temp. So if you are going to try these plants Do your home work and research each plant you want to add to a tank.
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I have been using the Niloc fertilizer (liquid and substrate) and have been very pleased. I use their shrimp-specific liquid. They also have one for low-tech tanks. From my understanding, Niloc contains the trace elements that other ferts sell separately...but double check me. That being said, I used SeaChem for years before switching and would also recommend.

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While red plants benefit from Iron, Ken, who owns Bamaplants, recommends Iron tabs for Swords. I had no idea until I mentioned to him my Swords weren't doing as well as I would have liked.

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Hi, I would recommend changing the hood to a canopy and going with a Finnex light. The Stingrays can be mounted inside a canopy but I would not recommend that. The Top Fin tanks use the Marineland canopy (double check the dimensions as I have never been able to keep this straight when I'm not home).

You want to go with a fair amount of light, the ludwigia inclinata, limnophila aromatica and ludwigia ovalis pink will appreciate it. While many plants say they will survive in low light, typically if you see red on a plant, they need med to high to really show.

I would say to get a Stingray, they should support the plants. I've never liked mine, personal preference but I keep it around for the betta, he's cool with it.
The next step up would be the Fugeray Planted +, low to med light. Never owned one.
Then if you want to get fancy, there's the Planted+ 24/7. I've always wanted to try the HLC but don't see the need to buy one since the remote control on my current one has a layer of dust on it right now. Good thing about this one is that the intensity is adjustable.

All these lights have the 660nm red LEDs on them.

My experience (and I don't have a green thumb so I'll use the RRF - red root floaters in my tank as a base).

The Stingray on the 5g can barely keep the RRF alive. It may be the 5g, plants never thrived in that tank.
The Stingray on the 10G with DIY CO2 is run in tandem with a Ecoxotic E-series. I get enough RRFs to cover the top of the 10g and the 5g since I throw them away by the handful every two weeks. I also noticed them flowering a while ago. This tank also explodes with algae when I'm not paying attention.
The Planted+ 24/7 on the 10g grows a good mass of RRF (partially being choked out by duckweed) and I've seen them flowering.

TLDR: Get a glass canopy and Finnex Stingray, your plants will thank you.
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When I was looking for lighting to replace fluorescent and cheap LED, I contacted AquaVibrant (Finnex). Gave them a list of the plants I had (low-medium light) and tank size.

The CS person recommended the Stingray for any tank with fewer than 12" from light to substrate. I used one on my 2.5 and 5.5s but two on my 10 and 20 long. The latter two tanks were more heavily planted and wider.
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Good information and very helpful. I am so glad I found this site.
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I think most of us here recommend Finnex lighting. I have used it in all my tanks for years. I started out using the Planted plus in my community tanks because of the different types of plants and their light needs, it has worked well. I just switched lighting in all of my 5.5 gal. because I have changed to basic plants and need low lighting So I used the glass canopy and placed the kit hood lighting on top. these plants are doing well in the light they give off. I still have Finnex lighting for all other tanks.

With the plants you have a sting ray would do well.
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thanks. I'm going to research glass canopies tomorrow and see if I can find one for a ten gallon. That would solve the hood issue and I can purchase a finnex light.
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If you have a tetra or any other type of tank except aqueon you will want to use a MarineLand perfecto glass canopy. When I ordered my last canopy from amazon instead of sending me the perfecto canopy I ordered they sent an Aqueon Versa Top and it's 1/8 inch wider than the perfecto canopy. It does not sit down inside the lip of a tetra tank.

https://www.thatpetplace.com/marinel...nopy-20in-10in
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That may be a problem. I have a top fin tank from Petsmart. Would like to find one from the same company but not listed online. Have to do more research. Thanks.
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That may be a problem. I have a top fin tank from Petsmart. Would like to find one from the same company but not listed online. Have to do more research. Thanks.
Top Fin doesn't make a canopy, the Marineland Perfecto fits Top Fin tanks.
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