Ok, so if lighting isn't too expensive like I always thought it was (I guess I based that assumption off the expensiveness of saltwater light bulbs...) I'm thinking of considering trying live plants. :]
I've been reading around the forum and ya'll made me want live plants. =[ They are so much more beautiful than fake plants. I got a few questions though.
My aquarium hood has a basic fluorescent bulb in it... And of course the hood can only handle a certain amount of watts. Would it probably be able to handle a bulb that is strong enough for plants? Or am I gonna have to buy a new hood? I have a standard 29 g tank...
What kind of bulbs do I need? About how much do you guys think they are? Hoping I won't need a new hood.
How do you clean your gravel? I was just reading about moving the plants and how it will kill them if you move it too much. I typically vacuum my gravel on my water changes... Will I no longer need to gravel the vacuum? Will the plants keep the gravel clean? I'll just suck it off the top?
Will I be able to add plants continuously or do you think it's better to add them all at once?
Do you need to acclimate plants after you buy them or is it ok to just throw them in the water?
I tried plants before, but I think my lighting was too bad (I didn't think about it before...) and they all died and ended up rotting away. Do older roots and leafs normally rot...? lol
Do I need a special filter?
Will I NEED fertilizer or anything special to keep the plants healthy?
How do you avoid algae outbreaks with the heavy lighting and how do you keep algae off the plants?
Sorry about the common questions... I'll probably be able to find them around here... but if I do decide to start getting some live plants, I'd really really reallyyyyy love anyone who could give me some personalized help!
Thanks guys! Hope the lighting isn't too expensive, I'd really love live plants. Need to find a way to get money!
Edit: Feel free to skip the common questions which is probably all of them... I'm going to read around this section!!
Hmm... my water is hard... Says plants like soft water.