Originally Posted by Salamance
I am more looking for aquarium advice then advice that specifies to my turtle. He doesn't eat plants very much and i am just trying to encourage him eating them. Can you recomend a soft plant that will cling to the rocks? Java moss is the thing that realy kills the filters due to the long strands but i havent realy tried much else. I have another tank with a few plants in it but i dont realy know much about having a fully planted tank.
I think the attached ones are a good option becasue, like most turtles, he tends to landscape when he pleases. The tank also has 10 head and tail light tetras which i chose because they are both fast and they require water needs that overlap with a red eared sliders.
I have herd about adding liquid fertalizer and CO2 things and i would like to know if they will be nessisary with this tank. It is a 45 breeder about 3/4 full of water. floating plants arent a problem because the water intake is so close to the bottom. The current at the mouth of the filter is strong enough to push floating surface plants away from the intake.
I suspect the turtle will not eat Anubias, and all species are much the same--tough, thick dark green leaves, and as far as I have hedard not a food item for fish due to its toughness, and possibly the taste. I know JF tastes bad (not from personal experience mind you, just what others have written
). As the turtle matures, it will become more vegetarian.
CO2 will not be necessary, and frankly wasted. Liquid fertilizers are usually required because all plants need 17 nutrients and all these are unlikely to be present from waste, fishfood, minerals in the tap water, etc. Plants like Anubias and JF are lower in nutrient requirements that faster growing plants, so a basic liquid fertilizer like Nutrafin's Plant-Gro
would be sufficient. I usually recommend Seachem's Flourish Comprehensive Supplement for the Planted Aquarium
as it is complete and extremely good, so if you do get more plants and decide on some faster growing ones for the turtle to nibble, Flourish Comprehensive would be better. And here I would say some stem plants that are left floating would be ideal. Something like Brazilian Pennywort, it is in our plant profiles (click the shaded name).