10-01-2013, 05:28 AM
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Originally Posted by jentralala
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.