- Aug 11, 2016
I am putting some pothos cuttings in my 5.5 gallon OW t tanks. The tanks are on a shelf and don't get much light. Is there any special kind of LED needed to give these some light?
A 6500k LED fixture will grow things fine without looking monochromatic. There are plenty of LED fixtures these days in that Kelvin range, geared specifically towards the vivarium and aquarium hobbies for plant growth and natural viewing.Plants are much less forgiving if you provide them with the wrong LED lighting.
LED lights, unlike other forms of lighting like fluorescents, emit fairly narrow ranges of wavelengths. If the LED lighting used does not peak in the right wavelengths or excludes the wavelengths of light that chlorophyll can absorb and use, your plants will die. At the same time, LED lighting that is optimized for growing plants are actually very poor sources of lighting for viewing since they're designed to only emit the wavelengths of light that are used by plants in photosynthesis. You'll want to purchase LED lighting fixtures that produce both wavelengths that sustain plant life as well as wavelengths that make it possible to view things without everything looking monochromatic.
Even the short varieties like Sansevieria trifasciata 'Hahnii' (Bird's Nest Sansevieria) will grow rosettes up to 6 inches tall, which could still be an issue if the OP only has 3 to 5 inches of space to use.There are varieties of Sansevieria that remain pretty short and they are hardy in that they require little moisture and can tolerate varying intensity of lighting. They're also sturdy and can handle being climbed on by even the heaviest of tarantulas without the risk of it toppling over and injuring the tarantula.