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Hi im not new to fishkeeping but I am a novice at planted tanks.I've
got a co2 reactor I built myself which runs into my powerhead for
My plants are:
1)Wysteria 4)Amazon Swords 7)Ammania A easy to grow red plant
2)Java moss 5)Bacopa mint 8)Baby tears
3Dwarf hair grass 6)Lud Repens

My plants arent lively, probably due to the substrate which is sand.
I plan to place my plants in clay pots with aquatic soil rather than
tear the whole tank down. That and the fact that I'm not sure what
direction to go with a substrate suitable for plants.
Have you got any advice for me on whic direction to go? I really want
the plants to flourish, but they aren't.Any and all advice you have
would be quite welcome.

Thank you very much, Jay
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Its 55 gallons with 2/ 18 inch power glow high intensity aquarium lamps It says promotes coral, invertebrate and plant growth, 15 watt each 18,000k
Masive lighting upgrade

EDIT: having a lighting problem. Planted tanks are way to expensive. I mean the lighting.
Thank you.

I thought I was doomed at first, but it looks like I'm going to go to home depot. I'm going to go with the shop light idea.(4/32 watt bulbs). I've got some plants coming in soon that I'd like to see prosper. I've done a lot of research on aquatic plants and I had no idea my tank was so ill prepared for plants. For now I will correct my horrid lighting problems and move on to other problems, but I feel the lighting is a "must do" for now. I look forward to your very valuable advice.
Shop light

MissMinerva said:
daddyo72, I see you are in Chicago so you have Menards there. I got an awesome shoplight from there. They are about $30 but, they are worth it. ALL the light is directed down into the tank.
Is that light 2 bulb or 4? Thanks for the visual btw. Now I know what to look for. :D
Enough WPG??

Will this be enough WPG for a 55 gallon?

Are there easy to install?
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