11-12-2007, 05:42 PM
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How to create a heavily planted aquarium for 10 gallon tank?
I have been seeing on this site a lot of cool pictures of peoples planted aquariums and have been noticing how nice they really are. I have just purchased my first real plants about a week ago - one red ludwigia and one java fern. I was hesitant for years about getting real plants for my tanks because I was convinced that they promoted algae and would clog up my filters. However, I was enlightened that they can actually prevent algae when in the correct environment. So now that I have these two plants, I can't believe that I used to have only fake plants in my tanks! The live plants really create a realistic and nicer look for the aquarium.
A lot of tanks that I have seen on this site are so nicely landscaped and I am inspired to make my tank look like one of them. The problem is, I have a pretty small tank of 10 gallons (37.85 L). I want to have a lot of plants in the tank, but I don't want it to be too overcrowded. I have a basic petstore gravel for the ground and have a carbon filter. I have two 25 wat lightbulbs up in the hood which I could keep on for either 12-14 hours a day, or 6-8 hours a day. (Which one is better?) So basically, what I am asking, is what types of plants should I get , and where should I put them, to make my tank with my conditions heavily planted and look as awesome as some of your aquariums? Thanks!