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post #11 of 17 Old 01-17-2012, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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Something I totally spaced out on in chat phil is since your in Florida it would probably be pretty easy to find some stem plants in your local FW ponds and marshes. A few common aquarium plants are either natives their or invasive.
I might have to see about this. especially if it's invasive and i remove it I'm doing the eco system a favor right?
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Thanks Byron, Water sprite sounds like a good idea if it's easy to grow and grows as fast as you say cause then it could be a nice little treat every once in a while for my silver dollars and Severum.

So pygmy chain sword in the foreground, maybe something slow growing like java fern in the middle and corkscrew vallisneria in the back with water sprite as a floating plant sound like a good idea?
Java Fern is a shade plant, so it does well where other plants might not, as in rear corners. It attaches to rock or wood, so it can be used to cover filter stems, heaters, etc. Vallisneria needs light, so watch the floating plants. This is why I like Pennywort floating in small tanks, it can be broken up more (spaces more numerous).

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Java Fern is a shade plant, so it does well where other plants might not, as in rear corners. It attaches to rock or wood, so it can be used to cover filter stems, heaters, etc. Vallisneria needs light, so watch the floating plants. This is why I like Pennywort floating in small tanks, it can be broken up more (spaces more numerous).
So then i should try to go for pennywort then. Maybe i'll add some water sprite to my 29. cause i like the idea of it being an occasional treat for my 75. So is there anything else that you would suggest for a middle range plant?
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So then i should try to go for pennywort then. Maybe i'll add some water sprite to my 29. cause i like the idea of it being an occasional treat for my 75. So is there anything else that you would suggest for a middle range plant?
Crypts work, though they are fussy plants. There are several in the profiles. Also, dwarf sword is a nice single specimen plant for a 10g. This one also needs a bit more light, so plant it in the open and control the floaters.

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Real quick idea to throw out there... Is there any type of light weight tubing that would be safe for an aquarium and would float easily? Not sure if airline tubing would work but if there is maybe making a circle and placing it in the middle of the tank would be a good idea to help control the floating plants and i could put the sword dead center and in the back if i got one.
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Real quick idea to throw out there... Is there any type of light weight tubing that would be safe for an aquarium and would float easily? Not sure if airline tubing would work but if there is maybe making a circle and placing it in the middle of the tank would be a good idea to help control the floating plants and i could put the sword dead center and in the back if i got one.
This won't work, from experience. Floating plants grow fast (they are close to the light, and they assimilate CO2 from the air rather than the water which is faster), and when a plant grows fast it tends to really push its leaves/stems. The leaves easily grow under or over any obstacle. Regular pruning during the weekly water change works well.

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Looks like this might take longer then i thought as the old light fixture i was going to use doesn't seem to be working.I replaced both the starter and the light bulb so I imagine it is a Fixture problem.
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