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    I've had two aquariums up and running for the last two months, a twenty tall and a standard 10 gallon. It looks like I'm going to be experimenting with these things for months before I ever buy frogs!

    I placed my plants based on care sheets but some of them that we're suppose to like low levels of light are bending towards the brightest area of the tanks.

    How do you guys do it? How do plant a wide variety of plants and keep them all happy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Frog View Post
    I've had two aquariums up and running for the last two months, a twenty tall and a standard 10 gallon. It looks like I'm going to be experimenting with these things for months before I ever buy frogs!

    I placed my plants based on care sheets but some of them that we're suppose to like low levels of light are bending towards the brightest area of the tanks.

    How do you guys do it? How do plant a wide variety of plants and keep them all happy?

    Hi Happy Frog,
    Very shortly I will be putting up a simple "how-to" article on plant prep.

    You really need plant lights....... 10- 12 hours/daily on timers.

    Check out Philips brand "plant" florescent and/or Philips "plant" standard base bulbs.
    They are inexpensive- home depot
    Here is a pic of the standard base bulb/box I snapped while in HD, for my article.........
    I think they cost under 3.00$ and work really great as you can move the light around.
    The fixture I use is there as well for about 8$.
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    Default Re: Placement of plants vs light requirements

    Exactly, quality lighting.

    I use T5 lighting and the plants love it. On tanks that have 6500K color temp compact florescent bulbs, the plants do OK, but when the T5 with plant lights were added the plants went crazy. I am constantly cutting back things now.

    On my vertical tanks I use T5 strip lighting with a good reflector.

    Now if I can find a way to make a good but inexpensive reflector i would be all set since home Depot carries a 48 inch strip which holds 2 bulbs and costs only 40 dollars (without bulbs).
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    Default Re: Placement of plants vs light requirements

    I am there with Don, I use T8 Fixtures, I have a plant CFL in one and a 6500K daylight CFL in the other. The Plant CFL seems to have aboutt 20-30% more effectivness with the plants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helm96 View Post
    I am there with Don, I use T8 Fixtures, I have a plant CFL in one and a 6500K daylight CFL in the other. The Plant CFL seems to have aboutt 20-30% more effectivness with the plants.

    The T8s ARE great!!!.
    However, it's the electrician's cost that causes the problem for many !! $$$$ $$$$
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    Dendrobates tinctorius “New River”
    Dendrobates tinctorius "Green Sipaliwini"
    Dendrobates tinctorius “Powder Blue"
    Dendrobates tinctorius "French Guiana Dwarf Cobalt"

    Phyllobates terribilis “Mint”
    Phyllobates terribilis "Orange"
    Phyllobates bicolor "Uraba"

    Oophaga pumilio "Black Jeans"
    Oophaga pumilio "Isla Popa"
    Oophaga pumilio "Bastimentos"
    Oophaga pumilio “Mimbitimbi”
    Oophaga pumilio "Rio Colubre"
    Oophaga pumilio "Red Frog Beach”
    Oophaga pumilio "Rio Branco"
    Oophaga pumilio “Valle del Rey”
    Oophaga pumilio "BriBri"
    Oophaga pumilio "El Dorado"
    Oophaga pumilio "Cristobal"
    Oophaga pumilio "Rambala"

    Oophaga “Vicentei” (blue)

    Oophaga sylvatica "Paru"
    Oophaga sylvatica "Pata Blanca"
    Oophaga histrionica “Redhead”
    Oophaga histrionica "Blue"
    Oophaga lehmanni "Red"
    Oophaga histrionica "Tado"

    Ranitomeya variabilis "Southern"
    Ranitomeya imitator "Varadero"
    Ranitomeya sirensis "Lower Ucayali"
    Ranitomeya vanzolinii

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    Default Re: Placement of plants vs light requirements

    Quote Originally Posted by flybyferns View Post
    The T8s ARE great!!!.
    However, it's the electrician's cost that causes the problem for many !! $$$$ $$$$
    Actually Lowes sells a really cheap 18" T8 fixture, I bought 2 of them for $16. I am taking them out of the cheap plastic case and building a wood hood that I will mount them in.

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    First...Thanks to all of you that have offered advice. I've taken all of it under advisement! Unfortunately all of it is starting to remind of those four straight evenings I spent on that UK reptile UV lighting website and I think the brain fry is starting to return. I am so confused.

    On my two tanks I have Marineland/Perfecto strip light fixtures and are using the fluorescent bulbs that came with them. The bulbs just say "Daylight" without any mention of color temperature. All of my plants are growing like crazy. Here's the list;

    Neoregalia Fireball
    Pellionia repens
    Fittonia
    Crypthanthus sp.
    Golden Pothos
    Birds Nest Fern
    Ficus repens
    Sheet Moss

    Even the sheet moss is growing. I've never had luck with any of that dried moss that's suppose to come back to life if you add water.


    T8, T5, CFL's and Lynn mentioned regular incandescent bulbs. How do you guys control the heat that these lights generate considering your enclosure are sealed to create the necessary humidity.

    Maybe if you could point me to some pictures of some of your fixtures I could get a better understanding.

    Thanks to all of you.

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    By the way...Do any of you remember that plant grow light that Hagen use to make? It was made for a planted aquarium tank. Is that still being produced? If it's still around how would that work in a PDF tank? It would put out a greenish tint in the tank.

    In the beginning when I was just starting to build these tanks and I had about six of the plants that I now have planted I stuck them in a empty aquarium and used a figure that had a Hagen 50/50 Power Glo in it. The
    plants took off and grew crazy even in their tiny little pots that they came in. 50/50 --- Half 10,000 k and half actinic. What about that?

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