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post #1 of 5 Old 04-27-2012, 07:40 AM Thread Starter
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Plant choices please im no expert

2 x 4ft aquariums to aquascape, want 2 completely different arrays of plants. ph 7.2 kh 10 gh16, fish for 1 aquarium are congo tetras, rosy tetras, cherry barbs, golen plec, rummynose tetras, neon tetras, bettas, yoyo and crs. No co2 system. TYIA
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-27-2012, 08:18 AM Thread Starter
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also best plants for congo tetras

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post #3 of 5 Old 04-27-2012, 11:43 AM
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Where you thinking of creating a natural space ideal to their origin location?

You might want to look around for Amazon type plants. Swords are always good they grow big, but slowly. There are fast stem plants like Brazilian pennywort.
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-27-2012, 12:02 PM
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I was thinking some bunches of Amazon swords too. For the bottom, crypts would be nice and are fairlylow maintenance.

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post #5 of 5 Old 04-27-2012, 01:25 PM
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Yes, for the tetra-based tank, some of the larger swords like the common Echinodorus bleherae and Echinodorus cordifolius [click shaded names for the profile with photos], pygmy chain sword for the bottom level.

Floating plants are essential for all these fish to make them more colourful. The Brazilian Pennywort someone mentinoed works well floating. Amazon Frogbit is nice but fussy [you mentioned easy plants]. Water Sprite is ideal. Or the red or green Tiger Lotus with floating leaves.

The Lotus and larger swords do better with substrate fertilizer tabs every couple of months, and all these benefit from weekly liquid comprehensive fertilizer.


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