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post #1 of 11 Old 09-29-2013, 06:43 AM Thread Starter
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Where to get plants

I just have a 5 gallon freshwater aquarium. I have a lot of artificial plants, and some natural.

I live in a small town and there are not a lot of plants around.

The ones I got were from a pet store, the type that sit on shelves in little cylinders. Some are ok.
I also got some sort of "algae eater ball" thing that is supposed to help with algae.

I think my bulb is only 15w. I put in a 10w daylight bulb, much brighter, but got an algae bloom and remove that bulb.

Are those "packaged plants" ok? They are not cheap.

Can you get plants online?

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post #2 of 11 Old 09-29-2013, 06:55 AM
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Hey fredpb and welcome to Tropical fish Keeping.

Yes you can order plants online some places are better then others if you buy from a business such as Thatpetplace.com shipping is going to be high. They do have good plantsbut just be prepared for the extra cost. Aquariumplants.com is another place too once again shipping can kinda be high. If you can local hobbyist that sell some or a club you can usually find great deals or even looking at classifieds online. There is a classified section here as well where some ppl sell plants.

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post #3 of 11 Old 09-29-2013, 08:35 AM
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if you have a petsmart near you they should have them to tell you the full truth that is wear i get my plants
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post #4 of 11 Old 09-29-2013, 08:36 AM
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the packaged plants are ok i have those and they frow really fast.
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post #5 of 11 Old 09-29-2013, 04:20 PM
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I've bought plants from Live Aquaria and eBay. The guyI bought from on eBay featured free shipping. Live Aquaria was expensive shipping. The plants in both cases were great. I also bought the tubed plants from Petsmart and had no problems with them.

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post #6 of 11 Old 09-29-2013, 10:38 PM
Liveaquaria and petco both have live plants for sale online
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post #7 of 11 Old 09-30-2013, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for replies.

I guess people are having good luck with "packaged" and online plants. Will try them more, thank you.

New thingy I have found is that "moss ball" called Marimo. People keep them as pets, Japanese consider them good luck. Seems to be a beneficial form of algae.

You have to maintain it by moving it around, and periodically cleaning it like a sponge, LOL.

Some interesting articles and pictures online.

I need to find a "perfect" light bulb for my little aquarium. Followed one suggestion and the bulb caused a massive algae bloom. That went into the trash. Balance, it's all about balance.
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post #8 of 11 Old 10-01-2013, 03:14 AM
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What kind of bulbs are you using? Are they CFL bulbs or fluorescent tubes? Wattage doesn't really matter, it's all about the kelvin rating. You're going to want to look for something in the 6,500k range, those are the most beneficial for your plants.

The packaged plants can do pretty well (though I do agree, they can be rather pricey) but be sure to read the package very well. Don't get anything that says "semi-aquatic", such as the Ribbon plant, or Mondo Grass, as they will eventually decay within the tank. They're not meant to be fully submerged (though work great in ripariums!).

We also have a classifieds section here on the forum, and often members will sell bulk plants for very good prices, especially if they're in the same state as you. Have you checked craigslist where you live?

Do you use fertilizer of any kind?
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post #9 of 11 Old 10-01-2013, 06:28 AM Thread Starter
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What kind of bulbs are you using? Are they CFL bulbs or fluorescent tubes? Wattage doesn't really matter, it's all about the kelvin rating. You're going to want to look for something in the 6,500k range, those are the most beneficial for your plants.

The packaged plants can do pretty well (though I do agree, they can be rather pricey) but be sure to read the package very well. Don't get anything that says "semi-aquatic", such as the Ribbon plant, or Mondo Grass, as they will eventually decay within the tank. They're not meant to be fully submerged (though work great in ripariums!).

We also have a classifieds section here on the forum, and often members will sell bulk plants for very good prices, especially if they're in the same state as you. Have you checked craigslist where you live?

Do you use fertilizer of any kind?
Don't use any fertilizer.

I live in a smal town, there is one small petshop or two I have not tired. Don't need many plants in my small aquarium. But I need more. Maybe the algae balls might help me.
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post #10 of 11 Old 10-01-2013, 08:42 AM
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I have a 5.5 gallon tank that has plants in it and mud Yes mud and nothing else. In a small aquarium you can get more plants in there then you think. I also don't fertilize that tank yet! The plants are at a stand still so to speak. Not really growing but not dieing either. In my either tanks the same plants grow like mad.... the difference? Its not the lights cause I have all the same T8 6500k daylight bulbs on all of them... Fish yeah that might be some of it as their waste breaks down as fertilizer (through not all the nutrients needed)..Fertilizer I use in the other tanks...... yep that be it! See plants all aquatic plants need something like 17 different nutrients. If they are not there the plants growth can slow down or stop all together. Some plants take these up faster then others do depending on what type of plant they are. Though this all goes back to having a balance. No balance can equal many things from algae break outs to plants not thriving or even dieing.

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