Originally Posted by lucky7_dallas
what can i do to make the plants grow?
That's a broad question with a million answers. Time and patience I have found is key to learning the planted tank and getting your plants to grow.
First you need to figure out what type of lighting is in your price range and what type of plants are you planning on growing. I'm taking it your light that's the length of your tank is 40 watts? In that case you will most likely want to add an additional 40watt lamp. With two 40 watt fluorescent tubes I would say you would have good luck with low light plants and some moderate light plants though they will grow slower. If you are wanting higher light plants you may want to consider T5s or compact fluorescent lighting.