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Old 01-17-2011, 08:20 PM   #1
 
Question Beginner Plants

I am new to the aquarium thing, well I have had aquariums before but never put much thought into it. My question is I have a 37gal aquarium with live plants that I just bought from Petco today, but I was wondering I have pea size gravel should I mix some sort of sand with it for better plant life? Also what are some suggested plants for a beginner?
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:34 PM   #2
 
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I think youre fine with the gravel, as long as its not big rocks or super fine sand itll work, I havent really noticed a difference in plant growth between sand and gravel. To be honest I think most plants youll come by are pretty easy. The only plant Ive ever had trouble with was dwarf hair grass or something like that, instead of grow all it did was slowly die.

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Old 01-17-2011, 08:50 PM   #3
 
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There are lots of easy plants Amazon Swords(for big tanks), Java Fern, Java Moss, Anubias, Water Sprite, Water Wisteria, Anacharis elodia and one of my personal favorites because it comes in 3 different colors Cryptocoryne wendtii are just a few easy low light plants. The main thing to remember is stay away from the ones sold in little tubes at places like petco unless you yourself are 100% sure that it is a true aquatic plant because sometime you can not trust everything the employees tell you in the big chain stores not that they do it on purpose they just sometimes do not have the training they need. And of course always feel free to ask here if you see a plant you like but are unsure if its an easy one. ; )
Edit: Just wanted to add I also agree plants do very well in just small gravel and sand can sometime compact making it hard for the roots of plants to grow so I would not recommend mixing the two.

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Old 01-18-2011, 03:04 PM   #4
 
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I also would leave the gravel. The majority of plants will grow fine in pea gravel. Sand has issues with compacting and as you are starting with this I would stick with gravel.

The light is the single most important issue, and then the fertilizer. I can perhaps offer more if you can indicate your light (be specific) and what if any fertilizer you are using.

And, welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum. Glad you found us.

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Old 01-19-2011, 10:09 AM   #5
 
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I also would leave the gravel. The majority of plants will grow fine in pea gravel. Sand has issues with compacting and as you are starting with this I would stick with gravel.

The light is the single most important issue, and then the fertilizer. I can perhaps offer more if you can indicate your light (be specific) and what if any fertilizer you are using.

And, welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum. Glad you found us.

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I have a 30" fluorescent light, my fertilizer is Tetra Plant FloraPride.
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Old 01-19-2011, 10:16 AM   #6
 
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There are lots of easy plants Amazon Swords(for big tanks), Java Fern, Java Moss, Anubias, Water Sprite, Water Wisteria, Anacharis elodia and one of my personal favorites because it comes in 3 different colors Cryptocoryne wendtii are just a few easy low light plants. The main thing to remember is stay away from the ones sold in little tubes at places like petco unless you yourself are 100% sure that it is a true aquatic plant because sometime you can not trust everything the employees tell you in the big chain stores not that they do it on purpose they just sometimes do not have the training they need. And of course always feel free to ask here if you see a plant you like but are unsure if its an easy one. ; )
Edit: Just wanted to add I also agree plants do very well in just small gravel and sand can sometime compact making it hard for the roots of plants to grow so I would not recommend mixing the two.
Here is some pics of plants I bought at Petco, that were in the tube. Please take a look and tell me what you think. I got three and the tube said they were wisteria, argentine sword, and borneo sword.
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Old 01-20-2011, 12:57 PM   #7
 
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I have never heard of the swords you mention but none of those are Wisteria if you click on the highlighted name it will take you to our profile and it will have pictures of what the plant is suspose to look like.
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