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Old 08-05-2011, 08:53 PM   #21
 
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I love Amazon Swords they are easy to grow.
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Old 08-05-2011, 08:58 PM   #22
 
If the swords do well in the tank, in the next week or two im gonna look into more plants. But until i see how the swords do i am not gonna add anything else.
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Old 08-05-2011, 09:32 PM   #23
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around here, PetSmart has a good selection of plants for fairly cheap. they have a nice selection of swords and crypts, and also stem plants and java ferns. don't take their advice on lighting or the plants. get your advice from here.
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Old 08-06-2011, 09:12 AM   #24
 
Yes, i went to my local petco to buy the plants. There selection is pretty good i must say, and the plants all look pretty healthy for the most part. There prices are right to. The only thing is i don't really like buying fish from them, some of the tanks are pretty ratty. (At least they have a 2 week warranty on there fish.)

And for lighting will daylight bulbs from walmart or home depot be good for lighting? And if they are is warmer or cooler better for a freshwater tank?
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Old 08-06-2011, 10:02 AM   #25
 
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Yes, i went to my local petco to buy the plants. There selection is pretty good i must say, and the plants all look pretty healthy for the most part. There prices are right to. The only thing is i don't really like buying fish from them, some of the tanks are pretty ratty. (At least they have a 2 week warranty on there fish.)

And for lighting will daylight bulbs from walmart or home depot be good for lighting? And if they are is warmer or cooler better for a freshwater tank?

With the bulbs you will want to get a full spectrum bulb with a kelvin temp around 6500 K works best for plants. Also a note on the plants from petco, make sure to always research before you buy them, some of the plants that they sell to use in the aquarium are not submersiable and will eventully die when put into the aquarium.
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Old 08-06-2011, 10:27 AM   #26
 
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In the light, as Barb said, a kelvin around 6500K works. I know that Phillips and Sylvania make these, I have Phillips now and had Sylvania previously before Home Depot in Canada changed over to Phillips. The Sylvania exact name I can't remember, but the Phillips is called Alto Daylight Deluxe, 6500K, and is quite good light. They are only a couple dollars at HD.

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Old 08-06-2011, 07:03 PM   #27
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i get mine at Lowe's, and they're made by GE (General Electric?). just bougt a T8 18inch 15 watt 6500k for $6.
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Old 08-06-2011, 08:02 PM   #28
 
Now 6 bucks is something i can do. lol
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Old 08-06-2011, 08:14 PM   #29
 
Here are the pictures of my new amazon swords :)



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Old 08-06-2011, 09:18 PM   #30
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looks very healthy
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