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post #1 of 6 Old 11-07-2010, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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plants that last the longest

does anyone have any good advice on plants that last a while in your tank and also take well to growing?

most plants i get seem to get eatten or just dont take
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-07-2010, 06:10 PM
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It would help a little to know what you are dealing with, what kind of fish? What kind of plants have you tried and what was the result? Also what your lighting is and what if anything you are dosing the tank with.
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post #3 of 6 Old 11-07-2010, 09:52 PM
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Generally, java fern and Anubias are easy to care for plants, that most fish will not mess with. But, as zof mentioned, we need more information about the setup to suggest to you the best possable plant(s).
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post #4 of 6 Old 11-08-2010, 01:48 AM
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Would look to plants that do well with low to moderate lighting such as those mentioned .
Would look to see that proper lighting for growth is being used. Lighting such as full spectrum bulbs with 5,000 to 6500 K Rating and around 1.5 to 2 watts per gallon should provide the plants with the proper lighting.
Would also check to see that the plants were/are true aquatic plants.
Would provide the plants with no more or no less than 10 hours of lighting per day.
Would research the plants to see what lighting is recommended for optimal growth. Some plant's with reddish hue or colors ,require a bit higher light and CO2 to do well hence my suggestion of beginning with plants that will thrive under low to moderate lighting.

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post #5 of 6 Old 11-08-2010, 01:00 PM
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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

I concur with previous members' advice. I find it is no different with plants that with fish; once you know your water parameters, selecting the plants is easy. Keeping them alive is very simple if their basic needs are understood and met. Light and nutrients need to be in balance. Several of us will likely have suggestions when we know these things.

I have an Echinodorus cordifolia in my 115g that is now more than 12 years old and still thriving, and producing an inflorescence with daughter plants now and then. The pygmy chain sword plants in that same tank are several generations from the original I acquired back in 1997 I think it was. And my Ceratopteris cornuta are also descended from one plant from back then.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #6 of 6 Old 11-08-2010, 04:41 PM
algae.... jk

Java moss will last pretty much forever once its established. It will survive in most water parameters and temperatures.
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