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post #1 of 4 Old 09-08-2009, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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Question Amazonian Plants

Let me begin this post with a warning: I am a complete idiot when it comes to raising freshwater aquarium plants.

And fish, for that matter. But I digress.

I am currently attempting to plant an Amazonian/South American tank. I already have a few amazon swords (which refuse to grow and also refuse to die) and a piece of driftwood. It's a twelve gallon tank with gravel substrate, a florescent light bulb of unknown wattage, and a three stage biowheel filter. I know nothing of fertilizers, CO2 levels, or anything else I probably should know. I feed the swords Flourish brand plant supplement once a week. What plants/ lightbulb/accessories/whatever should I get to grow the beautiful plants I'm looking for?
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-09-2009, 12:21 PM
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I am not intending this to be derogatory, so don't misunderstand.

This question has been asked several times within the past week or two by other members considering their first planted aquarium, and I have responded at length. Browsing through other threads may help you narrow down your questions. Here's a link to another thread from yesterday in which I detailed what you are asking:
http://www.fishforum.com/aquarium-pl...trition-28665/

Have a read, and post any questions here that you may have. I'll certainly do my best, as will others, to offer advice.

And if you want to see a couple of ideas for Amazonian tanks, check out the photos under my Aquariums for my 115g Amazonian riverscape and my 90g Amazonian flooded forest tanks.

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post #3 of 4 Old 09-09-2009, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the tip Byron. And your aquariums are absolutely beautiful. That's what I'm looking for, but on a smaller scale obviously.
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Thanks for the tip Byron. And your aquariums are absolutely beautiful. That's what I'm looking for, but on a smaller scale obviously.
Thank you. Those setups are not at all difficult; as I frequently write, it is far easier maintaining my plants than some of my fish, and much less work. My other post will cover most of the basics, and questions are gladly accepted.

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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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