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Old 06-25-2010, 01:47 PM
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What are some good plants to use in a 20 gal. long with T8 lighting?
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ficus pumila ("creeping fig") - great for backgrounds

some neoregelia broms - go for greener ones, b/c many of the more colorful ones will turn green in lower light settings anyways.. but t8's will keep them alive and healthy.

lemon button fern

many varieties of pilea/peperomia (check the sponsors' links, many of them carry these)

wandering jew & pothos (both of these tend to outgrow everything, I usually just use them in froglet tanks/QT)


Here's a decent list to start with
- (searched google for "low light vivarium plants" ) but there are tons more plants you can use.

Also, found this in the "Plants" section of this forum Just write down the ones you like, go to your garden store's greenhouse and see which ones they have.... and then check the tags on each plant for light requirements. As long as you stay away from "full sun, bright light, etc (some of these will even do okay, just as a general rule they require the brightest light obviously )" and use those links as a guide, you'll be in good shape.
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Thank you! Only one post and it was very helpful!
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most all plants used in vivs will grow under t8s without any problem
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I have a quick question on this. I am currently using an exo terra repti glo 2.0 bulb for my viv as it was suggested by a local pet store. Is this enough for the plants? They seem to be doing ok but the viv has only been planted now for about two weeks.
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To the above poster, what size is your tank and how many of these bulbs do you have?
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I was told it was about 56 gallons, after adding the drainage layer and substrate there is only maybe a foot to a foot and a half from the glass lid to the top of the substrate. I only have one bulb, I believe it is 18 inches so it lays across the top
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