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maura
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Username: quinndehart

Post Number: 4
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 09:09 pm:       

I am considering trying a few live plants in my tanks; after reading posts here listing the benefits and about how some fish thrive with them. (Am wondering if this is why I could never keep otos alive) Am a total newbie in this regard and need some advice.

I have a 55, 2 20s and a 5. The 55 is a wonderful established community tank with:

3 swordfish
5 platys
4 mollies
4 neon tetras
2 julli corydoras catfish
various swordfish and platy fry.
Would like to get more neons and a couple more corys.

I have approx. 20 fancy guppies in one 20, a boatload of gupppy fry in the other; and 8 adolescent fancy guppies in the 5.

What dead easy, hard to kill plants would you recommend for a complete newbie?
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Erin
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Username: shay

Post Number: 1030
Registered: 04-2004


Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 09:18 pm:       

Hi Maura. Welcome to Badman's. Echinodorus bleheri is a dead easy difficult to kill sword/weed. Two in a 55 gallon would take over. You will have to trim back leaves to keep it on the smaller side. Take a look at the photo section and look at JP's tank.

Anubias are tough to kill but grow slowly and often acquire some green spot algae. Java fern and java moss are also good choices. Anacharis and bolbitis will work.

Planted tanks are wonderful although sometimes challenging. Your fish will thank you for it though in the long run.
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larry
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Username: gomezaddams

Post Number: 817
Registered: 05-2005


Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 11:11 pm:       

You could try java moss and hornwort,theyre so hardy they even grow for me
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Michael R. Monroe
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Username: mrmonroe

Post Number: 1190
Registered: 09-2004
Posted on Friday, March 24, 2006 - 01:20 am:       

Dwarf Sag, money Wort, green Crypts (In a low tech tank it is best to avoid red/pink leaved plants) One of these days I'll I'd all my plants. Annubias. Bannana plants.

Others here have different approaches I take a shot gun approach. I get a bunch of different plants and plant them. THe ones that grow and send out runners I keep the ones that don't I try to avoid in the future.

If you want to try this approach try shopping for plants at places like aqua bid. Much cheaper than places like petco. Also check the classifieds here at Badmans, members will often offer plants for free or just ask that you pay the shipping.

This is just my experience but I try to avoid getting plants from people who use Co2 or super high light wattage as those plants seem to have problems in my tanks.

HTH
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compensate
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Username: compensate

Post Number: 126
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Friday, March 24, 2006 - 08:50 am:       

I've got moneywort in a low-light, not well-fertilized 10g and it has grown very well. Nice-looking "bunched" plant, too, in my opinion. It will be moving to my larger tank in a few weeks.

Be a little careful with the standard Amazon sword (Echinodorus bleheri). It is pretty hardy and a nice-looking plant, but mine has been struggling with the lack of root nutrients in my 10g. You will want to strongly consider buying root tabs for any swords. I plant to do this when I transfer it to my 40g.

I am not a fan of anacharis. Although it has some good benefits, such as being a fast grower, good at providing oxygen, and good at competing with algae, you might get to "enjoy" lots of dying leaves floating all over your tank if it does not receive adequate fertilization and at least moderate light (2 watts per gallon approx). I experienced this mess myself years ago when I had some of it.

Try researching beginner plants at aquariumplant.com. Pay attention to each plant's requirements as you look through them, especially lighting and water requirements. Here is the link to the beginner plants section:

http://aquariumplant.com/cgi-bin/cart/scan/fi=products/st=db/co=yes/sf=prod_grou p/se=AQUARIUM%20PLANTS/op=eq/sf=category/se=Beginner%20Plants/op=eq/ml=75/tf=des cription.html?id=m86cddcv

As you can see, everyone has a different opinion . . .
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maura
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Username: quinndehart

Post Number: 5
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Friday, March 24, 2006 - 07:32 pm:       

Is there anything special I need to do to add the plants to my tanks? Just the root tabs and I'm good to go, assuming an established and healthy tank?
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Brad
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Username: brad

Post Number: 1777
Registered: 03-2005


Posted on Saturday, March 25, 2006 - 11:51 am:       

Depends on the plants you get. Why not look for the ones you like, then run them by someone here to get the 411 on their care?
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maura
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Username: quinndehart

Post Number: 6
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Saturday, March 25, 2006 - 04:33 pm:       

My favorite lfs offered me a couple of Java ferns for free today so I'm going to try them for a while and see how they do before looking for some other varieties. I may be back for more advice later.
Thanks to all who replied.
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compensate
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Username: compensate

Post Number: 128
Registered: 03-2006
Posted on Monday, March 27, 2006 - 07:56 am:       

Free Java ferns! Nice deal!
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