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Lighting For The Plants


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I now have several plants in my 10G tank, including 5 Anacaris shoots, some Argentine swords, another sword kinda plant, and a fern kinda plant. I want to make sure I provide adequate lighting for the plants. I can use either clear incandescent bulbs or these Aqua-Glo bulbs that give off a dim reddish-purpleish light. What would be best, or do I need to get a better light source? Also, the tank usually gets ambient light from a window on the other side of the room during the day. Also, how long would I need to leave the tank light on? Thanks for any help.

- Mindy

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Fluorescent light is the best for plants. I have been using the screw in compact fluorescent bulbs in my hoods that take incandescent bulbs with great success. There are ones now available especially for aquariums, or you can try the ones used in household fixtures.

They run much cooler and use less electricity.

I leave my tank lights on for about 10 hours a day. This seems to keep algae at bay.

Good luck and please feel free to ask questions :)

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