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How do I care for/are these good plants?
Old 03-02-2014, 07:21 PM   #1
 
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How do I care for/are these good plants?

I have not myself had much expierence with plants, but I know how certain ones can overtake the tank quickly. I also know some fish enjoy eating plants.
I have a 10g tank with a heater, a light (one that is good enough to make algae grow), and a filter for up to 20 gallons. This is also a tank filled with greenwater. I was going to get new fish for that tank as soon as the water cleared. My plan:
5 White Cloud Minnows
5 Neon Tetras
2 Albino Corys
1 Mystery Snail (maybe)
1 Anubias plant

I read somewhere that WCMMs sometimes nip at plants, will this be a problem for the Anubias? I also read that Anubias are not plentiful in leaves.

My second choice in plant would be the Anacharis plant, but that grows really tall.

How would I care for the Anubias? I heard not to bury the rhizomes, how can I anchor it? Will this grow over a long period of time or does it require weekly trimming? How much lighting is good for this plant? If I plant this in my greenwater, will it help the water clear?
(AqAdvisor said the fish were fine in my tank.)
Thanks in advance, guys!
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Old 03-02-2014, 08:11 PM   #2
 
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anubias is sometimes referred to as "the plastic plant that grows" they have extremely tough ,leathery leaves. i keep them in with my goldfish,which are aquatic lawnmowers.these plants go untouched by them.i see zero problems keeping them with wcmms. they grow very slowly. some grow faster than others.the barteri var. barteri are one of the faster growers,giving off a leaf or two every month in a low-tech,low-light set up.when you get into the stardust or afzelli,they put leaves out much slower.i would not trim them unless there is a problem with the leaf rotting.their individual leaves can last for a couple of years.if they get covered in algae,they can be taken out and given a gentle scrub with an aquarium dedicated toothbrush or a plain magic eraser.if that fails a 1 part bleach to 19 parts water soak will kill the algae.hydrogen peroxide can be used in a similar manner.you can attach them to most any kind of hardscape with rubberbands,fishing line,plain cotton thread or by using regular cyanoacrylate super glue. i prefer the less messy gel type.since they are such slow growers,they will not have any effect on your green water problem. fast growing stem plants or floating plants are more of what you are looking for,in order to have an impact on the green water. black outs,uv sterilizers,barley balls and lots of water changes are methods used to control green water.hard to believe,but some fishkeepers want greenwater and strive hard to get it and keep it.especially goldfish breeders.

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anubias is sometimes referred to as "the plastic plant that grows" they have extremely tough ,leathery leaves. i keep them in with my goldfish,which are aquatic lawnmowers.these plants go untouched by them.i see zero problems keeping them with wcmms. they grow very slowly. some grow faster than others.the barteri var. barteri are one of the faster growers,giving off a leaf or two every month in a low-tech,low-light set up.when you get into the stardust or afzelli,they put leaves out much slower.i would not trim them unless there is a problem with the leaf rotting.their individual leaves can last for a couple of years.if they get covered in algae,they can be taken out and given a gentle scrub with an aquarium dedicated toothbrush or a plain magic eraser.if that fails a 1 part bleach to 19 parts water soak will kill the algae.hydrogen peroxide can be used in a similar manner.you can attach them to most any kind of hardscape with rubberbands,fishing line,plain cotton thread or by using regular cyanoacrylate super glue. i prefer the less messy gel type.since they are such slow growers,they will not have any effect on your green water problem. fast growing stem plants or floating plants are more of what you are looking for,in order to have an impact on the green water. black outs,uv sterilizers,barley balls and lots of water changes are methods used to control green water.hard to believe,but some fishkeepers want greenwater and strive hard to get it and keep it.especially goldfish breeders.
Do you know of any other tough-leaved plants?
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Old 03-02-2014, 11:25 PM   #4
 
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java fern,small sword varieties,since it is a 10 gallon.cryptocorynes,dwarf lilies.you will have to keep the lilies trimmed or they can outgrow the tank.banana plant.just do a little research and make sure their requirements can be matched with your setup.temp,ph,kh and gh and also check on light requirements.
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java fern,small sword varieties,since it is a 10 gallon.cryptocorynes,dwarf lilies.you will have to keep the lilies trimmed or they can outgrow the tank.banana plant.just do a little research and make sure their requirements can be matched with your setup.temp,ph,kh and gh and also check on light requirements.
Can you please add the name of a good floating plant for me? Thanks again for your info.
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Can you please add the name of a good floating plant for me? Thanks again for your info.
Is Hornwort ok for me?
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:23 PM   #7
 
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hornwort is a popular choice. i do not keep wcmms so i can not say if they will eat it or not.my goldfish do.all of the suggestions i gave to you are goldfish proof.you may have to try this for yourself and see,unless someone else who has experience can chime in. i think it would be fine though.i know it can prove to be messy if you do not have the correct parameters to keep it alive and thriving. some good floaters include...salvinia,dwarf water lettuce,red root floaters,frogbit,azolla,asian water grass. some people use water sprite as a floater.
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