08-04-2011, 12:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Cgold
Hey everyone, i am interested in putting live plants in my 55 gallon tank and i have no clue on caring for plants or what plants would be good for me. I have gravel in my tank, will this be a problem? Im looking for hardy plants that helps water conditions. Can anyone give me any tips or aware me of the cons of live plants?
Hi Cody, if you have not found it yet under the plant section there is a four part series on doing natural planted tank. They are stickied at the top of the page. Gravel will be fine for plants, my 50 gallon which is planted has gravel in it and is doing fine. For plants there is a large selection to choose from, under the tropical fish profiles there is also a section on plants which will give you info on some of the more common plants. Some suggestions on plants that are good would be amazon swords, there are quite a few different sword plants that are available, crypts ( these sometimes will melt when first added to the tank, but as long as you leave the roots alone it will start to develop new leaves), both of these are rooted substrate plants. Wisteria is another plant which I have found to be easy to grow, it is a stem plant. Also there are floating plants such as water sprite and duckweed. Duckweed reproduces quickly in the tank which makes it good for when you are going through the cycling process since it will use the ammonia that is being produced. A few other things to think about is lighting, depending on the type of lighting that you have on your tank will determine the type of bulbs that you will want to use with your fixture. Also using a good fertilizer like Flourish Comphrensive will help to promote good growth with your plants, and for any substrate plants like swords which like iron root tabs will help to provide the nutrients that are needed for these plants. I personally don't see any cons in having live plants in the aquarium, they help to provide a more natural look and if you have enough plants in the tank they will help with the filtration of your water.