10-08-2012, 07:19 PM
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Originally Posted by SusanB
What I was thinking about putting in the tank (planning on ordering from aquariumplants.com) is as follows:
Dwarf Saggitaria (Saggitaria subulata) - 30
Red Melon Sword (Echinodorus Barthii v. “Red melon”) – 5
Cryptocoryne Wendtii , Red (Cryptocoryne wendtii) - 5
Anacharis, narrow leaf (Egeria najas) – 3
Brazilian Pennywort (Hydrocotyle Leucocephala) – 1 (order is 8-10 stems approx 8” tall)
Wisteria (Hygrophila difformis) – 2
It seems like a lot of Dwarf Saggitaria, but I figured I would get little plug looking things and would need a lot of them for a 55 gallon.
Does anyone have any comments/advice about my choices? My pH is 7.6 out of the tap, sand substrate, driftwood, gH is 80 ppm, kH is 80 ppm. I am planning on tiger barbs for fish (regular, orange and green). I am not sure what lights and filter I will have. It is a second hand tank and I don't know if they are also giving me the filter, etc. If what they give me is junk I will replace.
I would not pay for 30 dwarf sagitarria. This plant is very similar to the pygmy chain sword only it grows taller. It will spread via runners, but much more slowly (at least in my tanks). And the red melon swords, perhaps 3? I don't have particuly good luck with these, due to my light (not intense enough, as it needs to be for red leaf plants).
The Egeria densa (E. najas) prefers cooler water than a tropical tank, so I would find a substitute. In normal tropical temp tanks this plant often falls apart. The Brazilian Pennywort will do well as a stem plant.