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post #1 of 3 Old 01-26-2012, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
going to a planted tank..

Ready to step up and go with live plants. I have a 55 g that is already cycled, buy with a high ph 8.2-8.4. Current stock is 4 platies, 5 zebra danios and 6 cherry barbs. What are some good beginner plants and how many would I need to cover the tank adequately. Also are there any websites that sell quality aquarium plants that anyone would recommend? Thanks.
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post #2 of 3 Old 01-26-2012, 08:37 PM
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With that kind of ph you should look at vallaseria. You could also try some Java fern, maybe even some cryptocoryne wendtii.
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post #3 of 3 Old 01-30-2012, 12:53 PM
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Agree. Vallisneria does very well in hard water, and the giant species would work along with the smaller corkscrew. Both are in our profiles--second tab from the left in the blue bar above. This plant will rapidly spread in good conditions.

I don't buy from online sites as I have good stores nearby, so can't help you with that, but some of our other members will I'm sure.


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