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post #1 of 3 Old 07-10-2010, 08:54 AM Thread Starter
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Can I plant my aquarium?

I have a 55 gallon community aquarium with a dwarf gourami, quite a few fancy guppies and zebra danios. For the substrate i have regular colored aquarium gravel from petsmart. The gravel is about 1-2 inches deep depending on the spot. Could I put any type of plants in there? What kinds of plants would work?
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post #2 of 3 Old 07-10-2010, 09:17 AM
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what kind of light do you have over the tank? if its the one that came with it, you could switch out the bulb to a 6500K full spectrum and get away with some low light plants. java moss and anachris are 2 easy to maintain lower light plants.
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post #3 of 3 Old 07-10-2010, 10:22 AM
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You would need a bit more substrate (gravel) for plants like swords which have extensive root systems; I am a great fan of this genus because htey are very hardy, grow moderately fast, and stay as planted without regular trimming/pruning. And they are low to moderate light. Stem plants (most but not all need more light), crypts, Vallisneria, Sagittaria would probably work with your present substrate depth where it is 2 inches. We do need to know the light though. How many tubes, is it/are they full length (48-inches), and what type and wattage (this is printed on one end of the tube)?


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