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Old 08-21-2011, 12:39 AM   #11
 
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Honestly it is not a waste of time, part of keeping fish is finding out what their requirements are and figuring out if you will be able to provide for their needs. Along with that I find that as being recently new to the hobby myself it helps me to continue to learn more, and to make sure I am understanding what I have learnt so far. Look forward to hearing what you do decide to do
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:12 AM   #12
 
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Yes indeed. Just a caution, as you mention "sharks," that none will manage in anything under 4-feet, some need much more than that, and several cannot be combined with other "shark" species or certain other substrate fish. Several are in our profiles.
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Old 08-21-2011, 07:00 PM   #13
 
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It seems I may veer toward catfish then, lol.

A question about Water Sprite,

since it is considered a 'floating plant' in the profiles here, I would immediately assume it doesn't need to be planted in the substrate, but other sites I've come across in seeking more information says the particular species depicted here should be planted, even though it gets its nutrients from the water. Is it just that this plant can thrive in or out of the substrate equally well?
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:19 AM   #14
 
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It seems I may veer toward catfish then, lol.

A question about Water Sprite,

since it is considered a 'floating plant' in the profiles here, I would immediately assume it doesn't need to be planted in the substrate, but other sites I've come across in seeking more information says the particular species depicted here should be planted, even though it gets its nutrients from the water. Is it just that this plant can thrive in or out of the substrate equally well?
There is some confusion over actual species, as noted in our profile (which I wrote by the way). I used Ceratopteris cornuta which is much better floating. It will grow planted, but requires more light and in my experience is never really successful; there is absolutely no question that this species is better floating. The other often-confused species, C. pteridioides and C. thalictroides, do well planted.

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Old 08-22-2011, 01:25 PM   #15
 
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There is some confusion over actual species, as noted in our profile (which I wrote by the way). I used Ceratopteris cornuta which is much better floating. It will grow planted, but requires more light and in my experience is never really successful; there is absolutely no question that this species is better floating. The other often-confused species, C. pteridioides and C. thalictroides, do well planted.

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You're awesome Byron. :D

I'll begin purchasing the filter and other life supports soon, I'll be sure to post my aquarium's progress in a new thread after I have everything ready to start the set up.
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Old 08-22-2011, 01:39 PM   #16
 
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I wouldn't plan on the Ceratopteris even being properly labeled... I bought C. thalictroides, and got this-


I tried it planted, and trimmed some stems to float. The floating stems never grew roots, but I still don't know what species I ended up with. I still like it though, and it's doing really well with a single-tube flourescent regardless. (actually beginning to take over a 20-long)
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Old 08-22-2011, 02:28 PM   #17
 
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I wouldn't plan on the Ceratopteris even being properly labeled... I bought C. thalictroides, and got this-


I tried it planted, and trimmed some stems to float. The floating stems never grew roots, but I still don't know what species I ended up with. I still like it though, and it's doing really well with a single-tube flourescent regardless. (actually beginning to take over a 20-long)
This appears to me to be Ceratopteris thalictroides. It does not do well floating, but best when rooted in the substrate. Adventitius plants are much rarer with this species. The pinnate leaves as in the photo develop very early in this species, and much later in the other two. Medium light works. It has a strong root system that spreads through the substrate. [This info from Kasselmann]
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Old 08-22-2011, 03:10 PM   #18
 
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Oh ok, thanks. That picture is of C. Cornuta emersed growth, but my plant grows it submerged.
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Old 08-22-2011, 05:28 PM   #19
 
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Oh ok, thanks. That picture is of C. Cornuta emersed growth, but my plant grows it submerged.
That is the "normal" submerged growth appearance of C. thalictroides, which goes to show how similar these species are at varying stages. If it came labelled as C. t what makes you think it is C. cornuta?

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Old 08-26-2011, 11:14 PM   #20
 
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I keep coming across questions, and to not waste forum space, might as well use this thread, lol.

Non-substrate rooted plants, specifically Anubius and Java Fern, have to be 'rooted to driftwood or rock', and I was wondering how you help the plant into attaching itself to the driftwood or rock. Preferably driftwood.
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