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post #1 of 5 Old 09-23-2009, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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Question Plant Selection Help

Ok so i have been looking at some plants today and i got a list of some that i would like to keep.

My lighting is a 18' 15W powerglo tube T8 18000K x1 and then i have a lifeglow 2 15w on the other side

its a 55gal with a ph around 8 sand bottom

so heres the list first by common name and then by scientific name

Java Fern ((Microsorum pteropus))
Anacharis (Egeria densa)
Cryptocoryne (Cryptocoryne wendtii)
Myrio (Myriophyllum pinnatum)
Micro Sword (Lilaeopsis novae-zelandiae)

right now i have a amazon sword that is doing great with the root tabs i have, here in a week or two ill be getting the liquid fert. Thanks for the help guys. Money
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-24-2009, 04:02 AM
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I haven't tried the micro swords I think but the rest are very easy to grow. Your anacharis, crypts, amazon swords and myrios will benefit from the root tabs. The Java ferns and anacharis (if floating) will benefit more wih liquid ferts as they suck nutrients through the water column although the Egeria densa will also grow dangling roots to reach the substrate and attempt to suck the nutrients there as well.

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post #3 of 5 Old 09-24-2009, 12:28 PM
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Just a comment on crypts; they are very sensitive to water parameters and quality, and any sudden or significant changes can cause them to "melt" which means the leaves will within a day or two dissolve into a mass of mulm. When this occurs, the roots almost always survive and new leaves will emerge, sometimes within a few days but sometimes within a few months and even years [Karen Randall once wrote of one that "recovered" two years later]. My crypts [some of which I've had for 12 years] have melted several times due to sudden changes in pH, light period changes, and being moved to another tank. They like stability.

Some of the crypts will do OK in harder basic (alkaline) water, some will not. You might want to research your intended species to see where it falls. Crypts are lovely plants, but they are the only ones that have ever given me any problems.


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post #4 of 5 Old 09-24-2009, 12:50 PM
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Just to add another question to this thread: Won't Money's cichlids thrash his plants??
(I've also experienced the same with crypts. I've had two periods of "melt offs" but they do come back)

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post #5 of 5 Old 09-24-2009, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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well the guy at the store said this is usually a problem with the bigger cichlids, the sword i have in there now, they dont touch at all i mean they chill around it but thats as far as it goes. thanks for all the info everyone!!!
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