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post #1 of 19 Old 09-26-2012, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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Need recommendations for hardy/low maintenance plants.

As the Title states, I'd love to hear your suggestions about some nice looking Hardy/low maintenance plants.

I wanted plants that could do without too much Fertiliser.
(Although I am buying some Liquid Fertiliser and Root Tabs, I don't want plants that will be heavily reliant upon them).

I'm currently using a combination of 2 bulbs together, at once.
They are as follows:
A Life-Glo 20W T8 24inch Bulb
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A Power-Glo 20W T8 24inch bulb.

I would prefer plants that can be planted directly into the Substrate. (As I have plenty of Moss attached to my Driftwood)
I only have Sand substrate and I don't intend to uproot it all to add fertilised-plant Substrate.

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post #2 of 19 Old 09-26-2012, 11:01 PM
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Amazon swords these need substrate fertilizer and do best with one that adds phosphate, anacharis, hornwort, these take fertilizer from them water. Check this website aquariumplants.com the sell a lot of plants but the fertilizer is the best deal. Same price as the root tabs and same concentration per square inch just 50 more of them. For the liquid fertilizer I use flourish comprehensive and flourish excel is a good co2 source until you set up a fermentation or injection system.

55gallon T5 lighting 2 54w bulbs one daylight 10k, one actnic.
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post #3 of 19 Old 09-27-2012, 11:26 PM
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If your water's a bit on the harder side, just plant some vals in there. They need no special care at all.

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The light combination is good. Without knowing the tank size i can't say if this equates to low, moderate or higher light. And this has a bearing on nutrient supplementation, and plant species.

In general terms, the less light, the less nutrient supplementation. So low-light plants (Anubias, Java Fern, mosses, crypts) generally require less fertilization. But this depends upon the fish load and tap water, as nutrients occur in both of these.

Depending upon the above factors, avoiding most stem plants (fast-growing mean more light/nutrients), red leaf plants (same), and "carpet" plants (same again) will leave you with several suitable species.

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post #5 of 19 Old 09-30-2012, 06:43 AM Thread Starter
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My tank size is as follows:

Length: 80cm (Front)
Width: 35cm (Side)
Height: 45cm
(The light penetration seems to be excellent for the depth of the water, It reaches the substrate and gives off quite abit of reflective light aswell)

I have quite 'hard' water and the fish I currently have in my tank are 5 Mollies, 5 Platys and 5 Guppies, and one Pleco.

- I've seen some decent Fertilisers
It says Easy Life Profito is best used with Easylife Carbo, and as they are quite cheap I wouldnt mind buying them both if it meant best results (I currently still have half a bottle of Seachem Flourish left over too, so will use that first)

Easy Life EasyCarbo 250ml | The Green Machine

Easy Life ProFito 250ml | The Green Machine

I've also seen several plants that I quite like the look of, and I'm not sure how well they will fair (I've read that they are quite 'easy' plants to look after) - So if you know anything about these, please do tell!

Nymphoides sp. ''Taiwan''
Pogostemon erectus
Marsilea hirsuta
Heteranthera zosterifolia
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post #6 of 19 Old 09-30-2012, 07:23 AM Thread Starter
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P.S. If my lights are good enough and I get those liquid fertilisers, do you think it is possible to have any 'more difficult' plants?
And if so, any recommendations would be awesome.
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Alright, bare with me, my metric, not so good. I think that equals about a 25 gallon tank?

If so, I think a few of the smaller sword plants would be nice as well as possibly some java fern, crypts and a floating plant. Maybe Pennywort, duckweed or some people like hornwort. I found the latter to be a bit messy so I avoid it but it is a very pretty plant.

The Tiger lotus or dwarf lily is nice too.

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post #8 of 19 Old 09-30-2012, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry about it being in Centimetres, (I'm British, we still use Metric over here).

But it works out to be a 33 US Gallons, or 125 Litres
(Or alteratively it is 27 UK Gallons).

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Those plants you mentioned aren't hard to grow, but in less-than-perfect conditions they grow extremely slowly...Quite honestly, a few can be outright ug y in average conditions.

That fertiliser looks ok, but a lot of us here don't reccomend carbon supplements unless there's a lot more light. (And even then, I'd reccomend direct co2 supplementation, not a liquid)

As far as plants, I'd reccomend many of the ones mentioned, plus ludwigea repens, proserpinaca palustrus, dwarf sag, and bacopa. I disagree on the comment that red plants will not work- crypt wendtii 'red', ludwigea repens, and proserpinaca all have a nice red tint and are fairly easy. Of course I've always had 'medium light' tanks. Any stem plants will probably be kinda ugly 4-5 inches up from the substrate, but just plan ahead and place a rock, driftwood, small swordplant, or some crypt wendtiis in front.

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post #10 of 19 Old 09-30-2012, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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Those plants you mentioned aren't hard to grow, but in less-than-perfect conditions they grow extremely slowly...Quite honestly, a few can be outright ug y in average conditions.
So do you think I would have success with trying to grow the plants that I stated with my current lighting and tank Req's?
I'm really quite fond of those plants, but would rather not spend my money if they were to just wilt.


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That fertiliser looks ok, but a lot of us here don't reccomend carbon supplements unless there's a lot more light.
Why is that exactly? I'm not educated enough in plants and corresponding Fertilisers.
Is there a specific reason, pros and cons of using Liquid Carbon?
What does the liquid Carbon do for the plant? Is just just another food source?
(I was only intending to get the Liquid Carbon as it recommended to do so and was quite cheap, so I thought I'd have nothing to lose).

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Any stem plants will probably be kinda ugly 4-5 inches up from the substrate
How do you think -
Nymphoides sp. ''Taiwan''
Pogostemon erectus
Marsilea hirsuta
Heteranthera zosterifolia
- Will look if planted correctly? Will they look too ugly/'stemmy'?
I -really- like the look of the Star Grass (Heteranthera zosterifolia) in particular, and was hoping to fill my tanks background out with it quite abit if it grew well enough. I also quite like the Marsilea hirsuta as a carpet plant, I wasnt exactly sure on the other two, as I'm really not entirely sure how tall they grow in comparison to the Stargrass.

I was also thinking about replacing my choice of Marsilea hirsuta with some Hemianthus callitrichoides 'Cuba' - Which do you think would be the best choice for me to try?

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