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post #1 of 11 Old 01-24-2011, 12:26 AM Thread Starter
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Question new to plants

So i've never really had a planted tank and i got some questions, my tank is low lighting and has no Co2 and i probably wont use fertilizers. So my questions are,

1. Is this even possilble?
2. If so will these plants work; Java fern, hairgrass (i can buy this online as a 4' by 7' carpet), Anacharis and some java moss

Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 11 Old 01-24-2011, 01:27 AM
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java moss and java fern would work, not sure about the hairgrass, i think that needs better lighting
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post #3 of 11 Old 01-24-2011, 02:59 PM
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Good low-light plants are Anubias, Java Fern, Java Moss, many of the Cryptocoryne species. Depending upon how "low" it is, swords and Vallisneria can work.

Substrate plants like hairgrass, being farthest from the light, generally need more intensity, and with that comes CO2 and additional nutrients. Though some have success in basically low-tech setups. But there are better choices that are more likely to work.

The type of light is all-important. I can be more specific if you indicate what fixture you have (fluorescent or incandescent) and the tank size.

As for nutrients, without some fertilizer you will have very limited success. Even Anubias and Java Fern need food to grow, and many of the essential nutrients are not likely to be present in the average aquarium without being specifically added. A good complete liquid fertilizer once a week usually suffices. I can recommend Flourish Comprehensive Supplement for the Planted Aquarium made by Seachem as one of the best. It may seem initially expensive, but you use so little once a week it lasts a long time. Another that would work in your situation is Nutrafin's Plant-Gro liquid, though it takes more and thus this becomes more expensive long-term.

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post #4 of 11 Old 01-25-2011, 01:19 AM Thread Starter
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thanks! but its only a 5.5G so its not that deep, does that change anything?

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post #5 of 11 Old 01-25-2011, 12:47 PM
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If you want a froeground plant, Dwarf sag should be your first choice.
What kind of light do you have?

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thanks! but its only a 5.5G so its not that deep, does that change anything?
What is your light? It may be fine or not, but until I know what it is I can't say.

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post #7 of 11 Old 01-25-2011, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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its just the regular florecent light

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post #8 of 11 Old 01-25-2011, 08:58 PM
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its just the regular florecent light
By fluorescent are you meaning tube fluorescent, or a screw-in bulb that is a compact fluorescent?

What is the wattage? What is the type--does it have a name like "daylight" or "warm white" or "cool white" or...? Is there a kelvin rating (number followed by a K)? Some of this will be printed on one end of the tube, depending upon size and manufacturer, or maybe somewhere inside the fixture.

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post #9 of 11 Old 01-25-2011, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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no theres nothing there i just got it with the tank that o bough for like 50 bucks

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no theres nothing there i just got it with the tank that o bough for like 50 bucks
OK, so it is the light in the hood on the tank, that helps. Is it a tube that has prongs at the end, or a (normal type) screw-in bulb.

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