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I'm in a bit of a mess with some plants I bought today~
Old 08-27-2010, 07:01 PM   #1
 
Question I'm in a bit of a mess with some plants I bought today~

I was told by the person in the petshop that they were best suited to coldwater but turns out they're tropical, I'm not sure if the light in the tank is good enough to sustain them (though the room they're in has a lot of sunlight, I'm not sure if that helps?) && I'm trying to figure out how to fertilize them cheaply - on one site someone suggested freezing lumps of soil and putting them under the substrate?
It's a 30 litre tank with 4kg of gravel.

However kitten_penang & redchigh have now kindly identified the plant species for me. ^__^
("the plant in the front are a sword plant which need root tabs, the far right one is a green cabomba and the one beside it is a eurasion water milfoil and the one after it is a twisted vallisneria")

So basically I am wondering:
a) What can I do to help the plants since already I'm getting fond of them. :3
b) Am I better to take the plants back tomorrow & say they're not what they were sold as
c) Are there any plants which would work well with low light (&& are these tropical or coldwater? (I'm not sure yet whether I'm going to be getting a heater..))

Thank you. =)

Here's a photograph: (sorry it's not very good!)
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Old 08-27-2010, 07:47 PM   #2
 
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Before I got real plants in my tanks, I was thinking that they would be a big challenge, that they'd all die and create a huge mess. It didn't happen. I planted them, they grew. Whatever my plants' light requirements are, the lights that came with my tanks have been adequate for them to grow and to look nice. I've added some fertilizer and that also seems sufficient for them to grow and to look nice. My point? I think it's possible to worry too much. I'd give your plants a chance and see how they do. You might be pleasantly surprised. If you have issues, they can be dealt with specifically.

I'd also seriously consider getting a heater. Your options for fish will be much greater.

The sunlight might cause a lot of algae if your tank is getting too much light. Have you got curtains you can close if an issue arises? Again, wait and see because it might not happen. If you've got a location out of the sunlight, it would probably be better to move it there now as it will be easier before you get your fish.

Welcome and good luck
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Old 08-27-2010, 08:06 PM   #3
 
^-^ Thank you. I feel much better about it now~
So I'm back to attempting to be patient then I guess!
I don't have any fertilizer yet though && I'm not sure what I'm looking for?
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Old 08-27-2010, 08:40 PM   #4
 
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A lot of people on here use Flourish Comprehensive.
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Old 08-27-2010, 08:43 PM   #5
 
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I agree that you should get a heater. As far as fertilizer you should try Seachem's Flourish Comprehensive fertilizer. Be careful to get the comprehensive not another type. Seachem's has several to use for a high tech set up. No need to make it harder then it is. If you get that and add it 1 to 2 times a week that should be enough. Swords are root feeders and might like some root tabs as well, but you can wait and see about that. You are planning on taking them out of the pots and planting them, right?
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Old 08-28-2010, 10:18 AM   #6
 
^-^ I've given in and bought my heater. I didn't want goldfish so I guess it was kind of inevitable~

I'll buy some of the Seachem's off the internet & some root tabs while I'm there. I actually went to a shop which knew what they were talking about today, and they said to really keep the plants healthy I also need CO2?

&& yeah I'm going to be planting them hopefully - do I just dig them into the substrate or do I find the a rock or something to sit on? Apparently they're probably better to stay in their pots until I've got some fertilizer too?

Also temperatures.. is 25*C right?
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Old 08-28-2010, 11:17 AM   #7
 
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^-^ I've given in and bought my heater. I didn't want goldfish so I guess it was kind of inevitable~

I'll buy some of the Seachem's off the internet & some root tabs while I'm there. I actually went to a shop which knew what they were talking about today, and they said to really keep the plants healthy I also need CO2?

&& yeah I'm going to be planting them hopefully - do I just dig them into the substrate or do I find the a rock or something to sit on? Apparently they're probably better to stay in their pots until I've got some fertilizer too?

Also temperatures.. is 25*C right?
Unless you want the tank to be high-tech like Amano's or the Dutch style, you do not need and should not have CO2. Most of us here are low-tech natural planted tank enthusiasts. There is a 4-part series of articles at the head of this section entitled "A Basic Approach to the Natural Planted Aquarium." Have a read, it will fill you in on the basics. Then ask any questions, always welcome questions.

Remove the plants from the pots they came in and plant the roots in the substrate; on the swords and Vallisneria, don't bury the crown. I find it easiest to make a depression, push the root ball into the gravel and work it down, fill the gravel back around, and then gently and slowly lift the plant upward to bring the crown just above the surface. The stem plants you just stick the cut ends in; remove any ties (elastic, lead, whatever).

The root tab fert will do wonders for the sword and Vall; one tab next to each, about 1.5 inches from the crown. Start using Flourish Comprehensive as soon as you get it. Plants need nutrients from the first. Temp at 25C (77F) is perfect for tropical community tanks unless you have fish that need warmer (gourami, discus, etc) or cooler (white clouds).

Byron.

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Old 08-28-2010, 06:28 PM   #8
 
Thank you Byron. I'll have a read && plant the plants tomorrow.
&&sorry about the two similar topics. I won't do it again~
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Old 08-28-2010, 06:36 PM   #9
 
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sorry about the two similar topics. I won't do it again
Shame on you!

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Old 08-29-2010, 09:05 AM   #10
 
I'm really hoping I've planted them correctly? If you can't tell, I'll have a go at taking a better photograph or two of them. ^__^;
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