What kind of light do you have?

I am the designated Plant Person™ at the shop,  and customers will come up and ask about aquatic plants… So I first ask them, ‘What kind of light do you have?’ to get a general idea of what may live in their tank.

I get the vaguest answers anywhere from “it’s a bar light” , “it’s an LED”, to “it’s a light bulb”.

 I just tell people that I can’t really help them without knowing their light source but here is some low light plants that may or may not work. They almost always still go for rotala indica and red ludwigia anyway despite my warning, while at the same time saying “our light is brighter than this”. 

We have two 48″ Fluval plant LEDs running across the monster +-200g tank. orz

Now I’m not well-versed in light stuff but there is only so much light in the visible spectrum that the human eye is able to see. Blue and Red are near the furthest ends of the spectrum we can see…

Blue light-450-490 nm wavelength light- penetrates water deeper than other colors of the spectrum. Blue is necessary for photosynthesis as well as red ~650-700 nm wavelength light. Red light-and anything in between blue and red-is easily lost as it penetrates deeper in the water. 

Blue light makes things look very bright!! The brightness of your light does not determine its useful output!


They’re finally here! Seven sticker pages of beautiful aquatic creatures fresh from the home aquarium and onto the page! I don’t have these printed yet and I still have to look into what materials I want to print on and where to get them this time. I’ve printed and sold stickers before though and they turned out beautifully! I’m not quite ready to take orders yet, so in the mean time why don’t we have ourselves a little 300 follower give-away! 

I’ll probably be giving away 3-5 sheets of stickers, so here’s what you have to do!

1) Reblog this post, you can use more than one blog BUT you can only win ONCE.

2) Be following thebettaboys! you can be a new follower, but I WILL be checking!

3) Be 18 years old or older, OR have parent consent!

Winners will get a choice of one of the following pages, they will be on white backgrounds when printed. The give away ends when they’re ready to ship, I’ll notify y'all when that comes around. 

1) Sharks, Gourami, and Tetras/Barbs/Danios/Rasbora (threw all the lil schooling fish together)

2) Assorted Cichlids, Axolotls, and Guppies

3) Oscars, Rainbowfish, and Loaches

4) Arowana, Fancy Goldfish, and Shrimp/Crayfish

5) Bichirs, Plecos, and Bettas

6) Discus, Snails, and Corydoras

7) Puffer fish, Angelfish, and Mollies/Platys

If perhaps you know for sure that you want to order a couple pages or all of them, and want to be sure yours are the first ones shipped out, you can place a pre-order by sending me an email at and sending payment via PayPal to

Prices when they come out should be as follows, but may change depending on the cost of materials, ill try to keep it around this though (plus $5 shipping).

1) $5 for one species/group, separated by color (ex: oscars, snails, plecos)

2) $12 for an entire page (ex: page 1, 2 or 3. includes every species on it)

3) $60 for all 7 pages

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