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Question: fat in the aquarium

Good morning
I created a small garden of succulents in an aquarium that does not receive much sunlight. I placed two small lamps on a shelf just above the aquarium that go down directly onto the aquarium. I wanted to know if they can replace sunlight or if there are special solar bulbs and if so, how long they should keep them on. Thanks

Fat in the aquarium: Answer: fat in the aquarium

Dear Sandra,
being able to grow plants that are not suitable for the apartment is not a simple operation, and in general it is a job for experienced growers. Introducing succulents in an aquarium could be an interesting method, as is done with some exotic animals in terrariums, because in a small container it is easier to adjust the elements that vary the climate, such as light, humidity and temperature. Surely two small lamps that come down on the aquarium are not the best method to light up your plants; there are commercially available lamps for growing plants, which first of all give the correct lighting, and secondly they do not heat up (not much or not at all), because a lamp that is lit for many hours leads to a strong desiccation of the air if the bulb becomes warms up a lot. So the common bulbs are not enough. In addition to this, you might also need a timer, because most of the plants regulate their development following the seasons, and in addition to temperature or humidity, this passing of the seasons is clearly signaled by the different hours of light and darkness present in a day. So if your plants are in a very dark area of ​​the house, necessarily the lamps that provide light should be lit for all the hours of sunshine every single day. If they receive little light the plants tend to etiolate, that is they increase the space between two internodes: in the fat plants we notice areas of development of the stems decidedly thinned, and much longer than the previous growth besides this the plant epidermis tends to lighten conspicuously. In the long run the poor light leads to the death of the plant. In addition to light, however, I advise you to find out about the amount of environmental humidity and the temperatures your plants prefer.