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post #1 of 3 Old 09-19-2011, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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Need advise on new plants

I need to add taller plants to my aquarium. I have gravel and so far the few plant that are rooted are doing well. I just added a small handful of duck week four days ago. Duckweed looks beautiful but I have a quiet flow filter and it keeps getting sucked in the intake. Any advise would help. I have a 36 gallon bowfront at 80 degrees and a ph of 6.8. I would like to keep an amazon theme. Thanks!

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Lucy, Laverne, Lilly (spotted corys)
The Rios (5 von rio tetras)
The Red Eye (3 red eye tetras)
Raphael (raphael catfish)
Sky (Neon dwarf Gourami)
Norman (powder blue dwarf Gourami)
Red (Fire- Red dwarf Gourami)
Alive (ghost shrimp)
Rambo (bamboo shrimp)
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-19-2011, 12:47 PM
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For an amazon theme, sword plants in the genus Echinodorus are prime, there are several in varying sizes, some are in our profiles [under the second tab from the left in the blue bar]. The pygmy chain sword is ideal as a substrate cover, and will do well in most conditions. Duckweed is trouble with filters, so an alternative floating plant would be Brazilian Pennywort, actually a stem plant but it grows very well floating or you can plant it in the substrate and let it grow up and across the surface; also in the profiles, you can click the shaded name to see it. Water Sprite is another superb floating plant, native to most tropical regions including S America. Frogbit is another, though can be a bit fussy to maintain. Corkscrew Vallisneria, Dwarf Sagittaria are two more substrate rooted plants.

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Thank you for your wise advise!!! You are much appreciated!!

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36 Gallon Bowfront
Lucy, Laverne, Lilly (spotted corys)
The Rios (5 von rio tetras)
The Red Eye (3 red eye tetras)
Raphael (raphael catfish)
Sky (Neon dwarf Gourami)
Norman (powder blue dwarf Gourami)
Red (Fire- Red dwarf Gourami)
Alive (ghost shrimp)
Rambo (bamboo shrimp)
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