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post #21 of 29 Old 02-08-2010, 11:17 PM
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I like the green with a touch of red too! I ordered two which comes in stem batches. They either did not have the pot one in stock at the time or I decided on the stem ones because they were cheaper. I am pretty sure it was because the pot ones were out of stock. I ended up putting some of the stems in my daughter's tank. I needed more live plants in there. My 56 gallon is so tall that everything live except for the Anubia Congensis look shrimpy in there. I am not real patient....for waiting for growth. Even the ones that are supposed to grow fast. LOL
I may be mistaken here but many of the red plants need high light to maintain a red color. I'm thinking of indian red sword, some of the red stem plants (can't think of the names off the top), and believe me I've been researching because my red sword isn't going to like my new low lighting set up.

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post #22 of 29 Old 02-08-2010, 11:21 PM
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While I don't have personal experience with this plant, I will. One is on the way for my tank.
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Note the lack of high light needed.

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I may be mistaken here but many of the red plants need high light to maintain a red color. I'm thinking of indian red sword, some of the red stem plants (can't think of the names off the top), and believe me I've been researching because my red sword isn't going to like my new low lighting set up.
Yes, you are right. I have noticed a lot of the really pretty red highlight ones do need high light...it say it needs it anyway. However, there are a few that do not require it and the one I got can be grown in lower light. Although, it does say that the red will become more prominent in higher light. I get so bummed when I see a really pretty red type plant and then is says...needs high light. The Red Melon Sword does well in low light. The red is not the bright deep red though, but more of a plum type red. I like the Red Melon Sword. I have them now.

P.S. the Lotus that Natalie has does better in low light too. It has the pinky red.

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post #24 of 29 Old 02-08-2010, 11:27 PM
oops this is the one I meant Sweet Aquatics

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While I don't have personal experience with this plant, I will. One is on the way for my tank.
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Note the lack of high light needed.
Yes, that is the other one that I saw that does not require high light. It has the same tone as the Red Melon Sword.
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oops this is the one I meant Sweet Aquatics
That one can probably do ok in medium light but it would take the high light to bring out the vivid red.
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This just reminded me that I forgot to respond to you again on your plant thread. Sorry. I meant to respond and say that the tree stump looks great. I am having a problem with the thought of attaching them and wish it was not the best thing for them. I like the way it looks in pictures I have seen but it has to be the right shaped driftwood and as a whole has to look good with the plant design in the tank. I don't think mine will look good on the one big DW that I have....not at this point anyway. I have read that they can be put into gravel as long as the top part (can't remember what it is call) of the root is not burried. I need to lift mine up a bit. I think they may grow slower in the gravel but it did say that they will take hold real well. I may just get some small flat pieces. Right now mine are in the gravel. They are goodlooking plants and have nice firm leaves that look "crisp". Not sure if that is the right adjective.
Thanks! I think the Angels will enjoy the giant stump too. In my 5g, I have my Java Fern in the back just held down by 2 rocks (so it's not buried). Maybe you can do this with your anubias if you like the look of the plant but don't want to put it on your driftwood. I might do that since I aleady have rocks in my 55g. Use them to hold a few anubias down.
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I may be mistaken here but many of the red plants need high light to maintain a red color. I'm thinking of indian red sword, some of the red stem plants (can't think of the names off the top), and believe me I've been researching because my red sword isn't going to like my new low lighting set up.
There may or may not be articles out there suggestion that (I really donno) what I can tell you from my own tanks with red leaf plants: No they don't Not in the past tanks nor in the new set ups; my latest 45g is about as dim as its ever gonna get in a tank unless you turn the lights off and even the touchy Tiger Lotus is growing well there.
Same in the 55g with various red plants; used to have 60w over it till last night and they all been looking real nice.
Only think I can tell ya: If you have these special "Glo" bulbs by Hagen; some make your fish color look better then others and some of those reflect the light in a way that red plants look more brown rather then red but that's just a matter of spectrum really.

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All of this plant talk is getting me very, very anxious!
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