06-10-2012, 10:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Eddie1KRR
Came through again for me.
Sent me a nice batch of plants I received today in great condition for a great price.
Thanks again Lucas for the plants and all the advice, I appreciate it man!
Your welcome Eddie, glad I could help! Thanks for the business and giving these plants a home :)
Originally Posted by Varkolak
I'm looking at planting a low tech 48Lx18wx14tall with either 1 10000k t5 or 2 6500k t5 bulbs, mind giving me some advice on which bulb to choose and what plants will thrive? I want plants that will take over the tank with minimal intervention and cover the gravel up - also interested in shrimp if you can set me up with the plants i really like the look of the riccia if it can be attached to driftwood and the dwarf lettuce
I would recommend 6500k bulbs. Thats the spectrum I run all my tanks off and have tried all the others but seem to work best when balancing the tank and keeping algae down.
As far as plants thriving depends on your water. My water is moderately hard out of the tap and I can grow most plants. But there are a few plants that do prefer soft water and are hard to transition over to tap but I wouldnt worry so much about those because that list is alot shorter than what you can grow with tap. Substrate is important as well, you can grow plants with most any substrate if your using tap that isnt soft because of all the nutrient in the water column so you dont have to worry about the nutrients in the substrate so much. If you do want to do it right and grow lush plants for a long time I recommend Eco-complete. I have tried ADA and others but dont hold up over time, especially if you like to rearrange because it usually turns to mud. Eco just gets better in time because it will capture nutrients from your water column and fish waste.
Most all plants will take over a take especially without intervention. Keeping riccia submersed tied to DW would prolly require co2 if you want it to grow out. I would recommend a moss instead, I use peacock because it grows tighter and doest get all stringy like java. You could also use fissiden but grows really slow and is kinda of pricey. As far as a foreground plant theres a lot of options like E.Belem, Mosses, Subwassertang, Hygro Pinnatida, Glosso, and many others. Alot of its is what you like and want to see in your tank. But if you like I could throw together a sample pack or something for you. Shoot me a PM and we can work something out.