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post #1 of 16 Old 08-12-2007, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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Beginners Guide to plants?

Quick question is there a good beginners guide to starting the use of freshwater plants? i would like to try using them as they are much prettier then plastics.
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post #2 of 16 Old 08-12-2007, 03:50 PM
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Well, there are alot of books out there that claim they are for beginners but I have yet ot hear of one or read one that really gives you what you need to know.

The best thing to do is to click HERE and figure out which plants oyu really want to do and we can help you with the setup. If you are really serious about plants and really want to grow the best ones the substrate is going to be your first start and the only one I can recommend is Eco Complete. The best of the best for the most part and will not let you down.

Make sure to give us a list of plants and also what type of fish you plan to keep with them so we can give you the best information we can.
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post #3 of 16 Old 08-12-2007, 05:07 PM
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i would like to try using them as they are much prettier then plastics.
Another true believer!

Please post as many questions as you may have as I do not want your first experience with a planted tank to "not work".

I, F4A and many other members of the forum have "a bunch" of experience and we may can save you "$'s and grief".

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post #4 of 16 Old 08-12-2007, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, im thinking of starting small in my 10 gallon hex.

It has a florescent light thats on 12-14 hours as usual, and the substrate right now is medium and small gravel mixed to geahter. there are a few large rocks and 1 "no fishing sign". A peguin mini biowheel filter running and it gives the tank a bit of a current at the top.

Im not sure yet what kind of fish I would like to put in this tank though, that is my biggest stumbling block, its used as a quarantine tank if i need it but right now it has a small cichlid audolencent that is in for protection until it gets bigger.

The plants i think i would like to try is any kind of Anubais, maybe a bit of java moss and fern, Congensis, Water Sprite, and dwarf sag.

Pretty much anything of that i could find at my local fish store.

Anything you can tell me about those particular species would be aprectied and also what fish would work nicely with them in a 10 gallon hex.
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post #5 of 16 Old 08-12-2007, 05:37 PM
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You did not state the wattage of your lighting but as "long as it is decently bright" then I can recommend



which is Anubias barteri but most types of Anubias will work.

I would also recommend that while you are at your LFS that you get a small "lava (or similar type) rock" or a very small driftwood and tie the annubias to it (unless of course you lfs has "tied anubias" for sale).

I also recommend that you get a bottle of Seachem Flourish or preferably Flourish Excel.

Put the "tied plant" in the tank and dose the tank with Flourish at the recommended rate.

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post #6 of 16 Old 08-12-2007, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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Ah, Ive had the tank so long with one light I forgot the wattage, but i did some searching and its labeled as 20 watts,

Im thinking my most likely choice in fish for the tank would (excuse my spelling) be a pair dwarf or sparkling gouramis, 5 or 6 neon tetras, and some kind of algea eater that wont hurt the plants to much.

also good news is i might have found myself a bunch of Free plants plus a 35 Gallon tank! the plants are turning brown so i may need your help in reviving them.

and i really like the look at of that jones!, thanks for being so helpful.

P.S are floating plants nice or just more of a pain?
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also good news is i might have found myself a bunch of Free plants plus a 35 Gallon tank! the plants are turning brown so i may need your help in reviving them.
What plants are they? Be careful with the plants you get. Some turn out to be terrestrial plants which will not survive if submerged.
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Depends on the species you are keeping. Avoid duckweeds (Lemna minor). They are a bane in almost every planted tank as they consume nutrients quickly and cover the lights thus preventing the plants on the ground from getting sufficient light.

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post #8 of 16 Old 08-12-2007, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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well the plants in the 35 look like Anubias, and theyve been in the tank as long as i have know the guy so i think they're aquatic,

Question do plants need to be aclimated as fish?
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post #9 of 16 Old 08-12-2007, 09:10 PM
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Question do plants need to be aclimated as fish?
Not plants such as Anubias.
Just do not put them in cold or chlorinated water.

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post #10 of 16 Old 08-13-2007, 02:22 AM Thread Starter
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ok so the first thing to consider im guessing is substrate? will medium and small gravel work or will i need a finer gravel or sand?
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