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Put me in the "planted" category!
Old 01-30-2010, 06:10 PM   #11
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Well, I agree and I would probably be dosing just a portion of what the bottle says. And to truly benefit from the planted tank, you definitely want a couple more plants in there. Don't worry about the root tab unless you end up with other plants that need it (swords would make a nice addition if you like the broader leaf look). Yes, take out the airstone. The lighting is probably enough for now.
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Old 01-30-2010, 06:20 PM   #12
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i just came across this article: Easy Plants - September 2006 TFH Planted Tank

has some good suggestions like Java Fern (I was thinking that for you since you have low lighting), rotala indica (which looks like one of your fake plants), and some other ones.
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Old 01-30-2010, 07:46 PM   #13
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Thank you, thank you, thank you!! :)

I will immediately take out the stone by the plant.

Since that plant is all the way at one end, and my other hidden airstone is at the other, I wonder if that would do till I can get some more plants tomorrow? Its under the cave at the rt end and doesnt make near as many bubbles. How many real plants do I need to make up for the O2?

Thanks for all the plant suggestions too Stephanie & Phil. :)

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Old 01-30-2010, 07:59 PM   #14
If you have the cash just make it lush (dont forget the plants will grow, i made that mistake the first time and had to take a bunch out cuz the fish had no room to swim! haha) if it is lush not only will it be beautiful it will easily provide all the O2 your tank needs!

Phil :)
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Old 01-31-2010, 10:48 AM   #15
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I would also buy a few plants to make the ferts worth it.

btw I was just researching about non-aquatic plants being sold as aquatic and i have one in my 10 gallon tank, too (not the same kind as you but I bought that one initially and then researched when i got home which is how I knew it was non-aquatic...what I just read about mine is that if you take it out every couple weeks and let air get to the leaves and roots, and trim back the dead stuff, it will live longer and usually have a growth spurt after the airing out...but who wants to do all that?)

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Old 01-31-2010, 12:18 PM   #16
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Trukgirl, there are lots of plants that will do well in your aquarium. A couple of things popped out at me when I read through this thread, so I'll comment accordingly.

The article linked by Stephanie is a good one, Rhonda Wilson (the author) writes regularly for TFH and that website and is very knowledgeable. The plants she recommends are good for your setup.

You mentioned the light earlier on, that it was kind of purplish; I would replace those tubes. The purplish hue indicates tubes that are high in the blue and red light but little or no green, thus the hue. Plants need mainly blue and red, but the green balances the colour and the plants and fish will appear natural so I would get full spectrum tubes (around 6500K). It will also be better because that light is a tad brighter.

I agree, the pineapple plant is not aquatic and will deteriorate into a pile of mush. Sword plants would be fine, similar appearance and would thrive in your aquarium. My 115g and 90g are full of various species of swords (Echinodorus) if you want to check out the photos to see what they turn into.

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Old 01-31-2010, 12:30 PM   #17
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Thanks everyone. I took out the stone last night and am fixing to run to Petsmart & Petco as soon as I feed my kids. The nearest one is 13 miles so we always make a "trip" of it and try to go several places in the shopping area, heh. I will definitely buy a few, and a little later on I think I will order some online since there is so much more variety.

Thanks for the advice on the lights Byron. I will be getting some new ones sometime this week then.

Stephanie, heh thanks for that... not so sure I'll be doing that on a regular basis... but I'll try LOL
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Old 01-31-2010, 04:11 PM   #18
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Ok... this is the exact light I got. Hagen Power Glo. ALL I can find in 18" at Petsmart/co are 15W. But... this one is for coral, invertebrates, and plants so hopefully it should help. It says on the box that it is 18,000K. Is this better??????? It doesn't have a purple look to it. It looks more blueish than the old bulb.
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Petsmart didn't have a very big selection. I went there first... I got 2 4" plant tubes there, Umbrella (Spathiphyllum wallisii) & Gold Ribbon (Dracaena varegatus) If the Gold Ribbon dies oh well. Same family as the pineapple plant.

Petco had them on sale buy 2 get 1 free, so I got 2 4" tubes - Argentine Sword (Echinodorus argentinensis), & Kyoto grass (Ophiopogon japonica), & 1 large potted plant from the aquarium, Bleheri (Echinodorus paniculatus)

I happened to see several plants like my pineapple plant in the tank there at Petco. And yes they are of the Dracaena family. Heh!!

So anyways... I am going to order a few more online probably Tuesday. I found hardly ANY selection. All the Amazon swords I found did NOT look healthy. At both places. When I order online I'll definitely get more of the varieties that you all have suggested to me.

I will take some pics of the new plants shortly!
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Old 01-31-2010, 07:39 PM   #19
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The Power-Glo should work, I had one years ago. If you're going to spend that kind of money (that series is not inexpensive), I would go with the Life-Glo, it is better balanced for your plants and fish colours. The kelvin of the Life-Glo is 6700K which is closer to mid-day sun (5700K) with a bit extra blue. You might like the appearance better; the store should exchange them if you decide to. In Part 4 of the series on a natural planted aquarium (the stickies at the head of this section) I discuss light more. B.
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Old 01-31-2010, 08:09 PM   #20
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fyi the kyoto grass is the one i was referring to earlier that I bought that isn't an aquatic plant...but it looks nice. It grows VERY slowly, if at all, but hasn't died yet so...

the echinodoruses (echinodori?) will be very pretty with the others. it reminds me of hawaii where there's lots of palms and the like.
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