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plants for my new tank
Old 07-24-2012, 10:27 PM   #1
 
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plants for my new tank

Hello
just wondering if anyone can give me some ideas on what kind of plants to put in my new tank when i get it up and running, prefer easy to grow,cheap hardy, low maintenance plants, id like to have it fairly planted, its a 59G tank.
Oh and also what would be an ideal plant for fry to hide in? for my 20G fry tank.
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Old 07-24-2012, 11:28 PM   #2
 
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Java fern and anubias are very low-maintenance. I had a java fern survive in a tank without any light for about 2 months. If you have a larger tank amazon sword is another easy plant. If you're looking for a floating plant, water sprite is great. Hornwort is easy if your water is on the hard side; it doesn't do well in soft water.

Foxtail and hornwort are great for fry to hide in. Fry can fit in the tiny needles of these plants which are also fast-growing and will help keep the water pristine.

I don't know exactly what you consider easy, but if you want a heavily planted tank, fertilizing should be on your list of things to do. It's really not hard at all. Just like the once a week water changes, you have a once a week fertilization.
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Old 07-24-2012, 11:37 PM   #3
 
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plants for my new tank

hello,
i need some ideas of what to plant in my new 60g tank,
ive never had real plants in a tank before so the plants would have to be easy to maintain kinda beginners plants lol any ideas???
oh and what can i also put in my fry tank so my fry can hide??
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Old 07-24-2012, 11:43 PM   #4
 
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would i need a light for them plants? at the moment i dont have a light for new tank i have one lined up to buy but is only small so im trying to not use a light as much as possible, where it will be will be kind of light during the day, i have very soft water, ok well ill check some of those plants out and see if they are available where i am thanks for your help :)
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Old 07-24-2012, 11:55 PM   #5
 
Lighting is big with live plants, what kind of lighting do you have?
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:04 AM   #6
 
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the tank when set up will be in a semi light area during the day i dont have a light as of yet with this tank do all of the plants require light?
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:26 AM   #7
 
Yes I would say with most plants, they need a certain amount of light a day! I have my lights on a timer for 10 hrs a day, so they get the same amount of light every day! But having no lights? That's a tricky one, I'am pretty new to plants, only had them for 5 months.....but they are doing awesome! As for easy to grow plants I'd say Java Ferns, Java moss, most Swords, Anubias. As for your Fri tank I would use water sprites, they make great hiding places! You should check out the plants profile on the link at the upper left where says fish profiles
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Old 07-25-2012, 06:35 AM   #8
 
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Yes I would say with most plants, they need a certain amount of light a day! I have my lights on a timer for 10 hrs a day, so they get the same amount of light every day! But having no lights? That's a tricky one, I'am pretty new to plants, only had them for 5 months.....but they are doing awesome! As for easy to grow plants I'd say Java Ferns, Java moss, most Swords, Anubias. As for your Fri tank I would use water sprites, they make great hiding places! You should check out the plants profile on the link at the upper left where says fish profiles
I agree with everything Chris7 said. Plus, Cabomba and probably some others. I am a newbie of about 100 days and I remember starting my tank very well. A good piece of advice was to plant heavily.
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Old 07-25-2012, 09:44 AM   #9
 
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The water sprite and hornwort would certainly need lights. Java fern and anubias can survive on ambient light, but they are going to grow very slowly. Only growing plants assimilate ammonia and therefor keep the tank water clean.

There are some members here that are from Australia. You should check the classified section of here and the betta subforum to see if anyone is selling/trying to get rid of plants.
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Old 07-25-2012, 09:49 AM   #10
 
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I would hold off getting plants until you have a tank light. If the tank is directly in front of a bright window, some plants will manage, depending upon other factors as well. But most will not have sufficient light intensity to photosynthesize, and photosynthesis is how they remain alive and grow.

Byron.

Edit: I came across an identical thread in the Freshwater Aquarium section and have merged it in to this thread. It is better to keep one thread per topic so all members see all posts and we don't go off on different tangents. Byron.

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