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Thinking about adding some plants....suggestions?
Old 03-09-2008, 07:41 PM   #1
 
Thinking about adding some plants....suggestions?

I've never really been interested in live plants. I always thought that silk ones were just easier. Now that I'm getting more serious about aquariums (I just upgraded from a 29gal to a 75) I'm learning more about the benefits of planted tanks.

I'm not sure that I want to totally switch over, but I would like to add a couple of live plants and see where it goes.:)
What are some easy to care for beginner plants? I need them to be fairly common because I live in a small town and the only place to buy live plants would be Walmart or the Petco an hour away. I don't think they stock much exotics.;)

My substrate is black gravel. It's the bigger gravel, not the more common little stuff but bigger smoother "pebbles". My lighting is a flourescent strip light that came with the tank. It's 40 watts. It would be great if I didn't have to change anything, but I'll understand.

What about floating plants? Do they just float on the surface? That might be kind of neat.

Ok, this probably sounds silly to all of you "plant people" but one of the main reasons I'm thinking about plants is because I'm getting a severum and I think it would be cute to watch him nibble on the plants. Like a natural snack.:) Is that dumb?

*edited to add* Ok, I did some reading and it's looking hopeless for my puny 40 watts and my gravel.
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Old 03-09-2008, 08:22 PM   #2
 
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awww...well, anachris and probably water sprite and a few others would still work. Even better anachris can float and get its nutrients from the water itself.

Also, I'd give this company a look http://www.aquariumplants.com, it might be worth buying from them rather than risking buying them from Wal-Mart or Petco since their plants might be carrying god knows what disease from being in the tanks with the fish.
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Old 03-09-2008, 08:42 PM   #3
 
Thanks, I didn't even think about what the plants could be carrying.
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Old 03-11-2008, 12:41 AM   #4
 
Java ferns and Java moss are good low light plants. I have them in my 20 gallon and they do quite well. you can attach them to driftwood or rocks or let the moss float around.
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Old 04-03-2008, 02:12 PM   #5
 
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40w for a 75 is not much at all..

Sorry, but you are going to have to get a better light fixture, if you want to have live plants in there..

Java Fern and Java Moss might do ok..

One way to find out.. :)

You would have to attach them to rocks or driftwood..
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