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RE: [APD] Low-light plants & goldfish

The only problem with lights that don't shine from the top is that fish seem
to derive some sense of direction from light and have a tendancy to lean in
the direction of the source.  The source of the light can also affect the
area of the tank that they stay in as well.

As for the goldfish, I've heard that there isn't much that they don't nibble
on plant-wise.  It's just in their nature.

It sounds like your friend might be in quite a plant pickle. :-/

-----Original Message-----
From: Laura Wichers [mailto:cellostix at wtw_waveform.net] 
Sent: Friday, October 17, 2003 3:03 PM
To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com
Subject: [APD] Low-light plants & goldfish

A friend of mine recently converted an ancient TV into a fish tank (took 
out the old tube, put in a 40gal All-Glass).  This despite my attempts to 
get her to throw the whole TV idea out and spend her money on a smaller, 
decent plant tank set-up.  So now she has the fish channel.

Unfortunately there is not enough room between the top of the old TV 
housing and the aquarium for any kind of standard light fixture.  She also 
has gone with fancy goldfish.  I am still intent on "classing up" her fish 
tank so I'm up for suggestions.  Looking for very low-light (the thing is 
near a window...), goldfish-tolerant plants (I thought maybe some 
anubias?), and possibly suggestions for lights that shine through the 
*back* of the aquarium or angle down from the back corners/side.  Also 
maybe some more interesting fish that might work with goldfish.  We are 
both college students so this has to be a very budgeted operation.

Currently it's just the 40gal + a AquaClear filter (size-appropriate but 
can't remember model #).



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