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Appropriate Lighting for Live Plants

Discussion in 'Tropical Plants' started by Alkier, Jan 27, 2014.

  1. Alkier

    Alkier Member

    Hi guys, im trying to get some plants to root in a new live plant viv im setting up but im not 100% sure about the lights.

    Three of the main plants ive got in are Croton, Ficus and a fern (not so worried about the fern, theyre pretty hardy) and I wanted to know if you guys thought i could get away with just the 10% UVB light ive got at the moment or if i needed to add in any extra lighting that wouldnt disrupt my little cresty at all.

    Ive got one free slot in my canopy at the moment so any suggestions would be really welcome, thanks a lot.
  2. jarich

    jarich Elite Member

    Youll want to get a different bulb as the UV lights dont really provide enough of the spectrum that plants use to thrive. Youre looking for red and blue visible light, so you can either buy a plant specific fluorescent or just any halogen/incandescent plant bulb depending on your socket type.
  3. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    And while the ficus and the fern may be ok, the crotons require a high light level.

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