07-09-2007, 07:45 AM
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Re: 55 Gallon Tank - Rookie to plants
Most plants will be okay without the use of CO2. We use CO2 to increase the rate of plant growth along with lighting and ferts.
Originally Posted by zeus50
Are there plants that will be ok with out it?
Is these gravel you're talking about? 5-7 cm deep of substrate will help allow the plants' roots to anchor firmly.
I just bought 50lbs of rocks from walmart. Will this be ok for the plants to grow in?
| Pruning is necessary to control the plant growth. Not doing so will cut off the access of lighting to other plants thereby affecting the growth of most plants that have been put under shaded portions.
Also, if any plants will fit my above system. I would like plants that do not need pruning.
Some plants can be grown by runners. Cryptocorynes and vallisnerias are the most prominent examples of this category. Plants that can be cut and replant are hygrophila, elodea, ambulia, cabomba, rotala, ludwigia and many others. They are among the fast growing plants.
I'd recommend the Nymphaea lotus but be sure to prune out the leaves that reach the surface as they can seriously cut off the lighting needed by other plants. This plant can grow leaves at a size of more than 6 inches in diameter. I find crypts, vallisnerias, elodeas and hygros easy to grow and aren't as demanding as some other plants do.
Javan moss, Javan ferns and anubias can be grown under low lighting conditions. All three are often found attached to decors and do not need substrate to anchor themselves.
If you want floating plants, Pistia stratiotes, duckweeds, salvinia and riccia are a few I can mention. If you cannot possibly regulate the duckweeds, avoid them. They have been considered a pest and can be difficult to remove. Most fish can eat them but it is best to avoid them.