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post #1 of 8 Old 11-02-2009, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, New to forum and need plant info please.

Hi all,

I am new to this forum but not completely new to fish keeping. I have been keeping fish for roughly 5 years now but want to start using real plantlife in my tank more now instead of plastic ones.

I currently run a 215 litre Aqua One tropical tank that has been set up roughly 6 months. I need a bit of help with plants please. I would like to buy some Vallisneria Spiralis to start off with but I read somewhere that it cannot be planted into coral sand substrate - is this true? I also read that it doesnt matter what you put this plant into so now I am a bit confused.

Your help is appreciated,

Michelle.
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-02-2009, 03:11 PM
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Hi all,

I am new to this forum but not completely new to fish keeping. I have been keeping fish for roughly 5 years now but want to start using real plantlife in my tank more now instead of plastic ones.

I currently run a 215 litre Aqua One tropical tank that has been set up roughly 6 months. I need a bit of help with plants please. I would like to buy some Vallisneria Spiralis to start off with but I read somewhere that it cannot be planted into coral sand substrate - is this true? I also read that it doesnt matter what you put this plant into so now I am a bit confused.

Your help is appreciated,

Michelle.
Coral sand should be fine, I'm guessing your PH is high though, Won't really make a difference, Please could you post lighting, CO2 and fertilization regimes?
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post #3 of 8 Old 11-02-2009, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Jack,

Thanks for the reply, Im glad the coral sand wont harm as I really want to use this plant.

Ok you asked for further info, I will do my best.

Lighting: 2 x 36" 30W and 1 x 30" 25W bulb (pink)
CO2 - No idea what this is.
Fertilization - After taking advice and when I get plants I will be using a liquid fertilizer once a week.
In the last few days I have just had a water test done by a local fish shop and that is all fine, or as the shop keep said "spot on".
Very sorry this info is a bit vague - not too good on this sort of thing yet.

Thanks,
Michelle.
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post #4 of 8 Old 11-02-2009, 03:27 PM
They should be fine then, A little all in one fertilizer as per manufacturers instructions every few days should keep things ticking nicely.
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post #5 of 8 Old 11-02-2009, 07:04 PM
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Michelle, do you know the pH and hardness of your water? Both the tank and the tap water? Using coral for a substrate is not recommended for planted tanks. Vallisneria will be fine as it does very well in harder water, but if you intend to go with other plants as well you could have problems. Coral is calcareous and by slowly dissolving calcium into the water it adds hardness and raises the pH. Its the hardness more than the pH that is the issue, but the two are usually connected. In a planted aquarium this is not generally encouraged, and could be detrimental. Also, what fish do you have/want in this tank (thinking here of the higher hardness)?

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post #6 of 8 Old 11-02-2009, 07:10 PM
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I just wanted to say hello and welcome to the forum! Follow Byron's advice, and you can not go wrong!
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post #7 of 8 Old 11-02-2009, 09:14 PM
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Welcome to the forum, Michelle, glad to have you on board! I agree on the coral issue. Is this the type of substrate already in your tank?

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post #8 of 8 Old 11-05-2009, 09:19 AM
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Would it not depend on what fish you want to keep? Were it me,(and it ain't) I would want water that would be both comfortable for the fish and the plants as well.

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