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Tools needed to maintain the planted aquarium
Old 08-03-2010, 08:09 PM   #11
 
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I was kinda wondering the same thing about maintenance - I HATE having to stick my whole arm in the tank when it's full of water - which is one of the things that has always turned me off to the idea of live plants

I am NOT good at keeping plants alive and healthy (and I went to school for horticulture!!) and I know NOTHING at all about aquatic plants... the more I think about all the maintenance and mess the more turned off I get to the idea... the fish are enough work for cryin' out loud!! hehehe

but plastic plants are just so hideously ugly - and I do like the idea of everything being as natural as possible

if I could fix it so the whole thing worked like a tiny self sufficient ecosystem I totally would!!

not because I don't want to bother with it, I don't mind SOME work hehehe - I just think it would be cool to have it be THAT natural =)
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Old 08-03-2010, 10:27 PM   #12
 
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I bought some long-handled barbeque tongs to use when I have to fish around at the bottom of my tanks. I can pick stuff up with them, and use them to pull leaves off, and push plants back down.
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:04 AM   #13
 
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for scargly plants you can try to cut the tops off.i read they will grow fuller.
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Old 08-04-2010, 05:55 AM   #14
 
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true. most stem plants you can cut and replant the cut part to give it a "bushy" look. I do this with my pennywort everyweek.
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Old 08-04-2010, 08:43 AM   #15
 
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but plastic plants are just so hideously ugly - and I do like the idea of everything being as natural as possible
alot of silk plants appear more realistic but come with a higher price tag. maybe check some out online.
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Old 08-04-2010, 03:39 PM   #16
 
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I use soil based tanks, and they are nearly a self contained ecosystem.

no ferts, no co2, no filter, and a water change every six months or so (if that).

JonnyD, was that supposed to be a pun?
got to the ROOT of the problem with your amazon swords? It was a lack of ferts at the roots, right? :P

Rotala changes colors to a deep green, and then a dep reddish purple in high light, but it just doesn't like any of my low tech tanks. (haven't tried it in soil yet, might do that...)

Do you dose with flourish?
If not, that's your problem. If you dose already, I have no idea.

(Rotala is a fast grower, so has slightly higher nutrient demands than java fern. The rotala isn't getting what it wants, but the java fern is getting plenty- ya know?
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Old 08-04-2010, 03:58 PM   #17
 
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I bought that plant trimmer/ tweezer contraption that petco and petsmart have but I found it cheaper at another LFS. The trimming attachment is garbage (dull)..it chews on the plant..but the pinching/tweezer like attachment is AWESOME. I use it to rearrange things and especially when i want to drop a rock or shell down with squash for my snails I don't have to get wet. I also bought multiple metal tweezers from Ace for 99cents and they haven't been of use...I have found using my finger is better. If your plants are so fine to where you are using tweezers they are most likely going to be an SOB to hold on to with tweezers..I guess it depends on the tweezers though.
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Old 08-04-2010, 04:00 PM   #18
 
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Oh and I forgot to say about the floating plants on the filter intake-

I have the same problem... I just leave them on, they probably don't block any more water flow than a sponge would. Saves my guppy fry. :)

about the trimming, I just use scissors when a plant (like a sword) has a leave that's brown and starts to get holes.

I also cut about 2 green leaves off my sword in my 5G just to keep it from taking over.
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Old 08-04-2010, 04:57 PM   #19
 
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It is funny how quickly things change in a tank. My Amazon Sword is trying to take over. Actually, I have 4 Swords all close together. Don't ask me why I thought a grouping would be best. ha ha. They were quite tiny when I first got them and didn't look like much at all. Now, they are a huge.

My Java Fern has what I would assume are baby plants on it. Odd how they grow mini plants on their own leaves. Do I need to remove them or will they fall off themselves and then stick to something else?? Can they be planted in the substrate or not? My fish pruned the heck out of my Cabomba today and took about 8-9 inches off the top. Sassy fish! I am going to try to replant the pieces in back of the tank. I still have a couple holes in the Aqua scape.

I just feel so uncoordinated trying to plant things in this tank. I have decided if I do get another tank at any point, it is going to be a shallower tank so I can reach in more easily without drenching myself. Heck, even if it wasn't an issue with water in the armpits, I can't even reach the back of the tank on the bottom.

I did accidentally slip when I was trying to see if my Java Fern was connected enough to take the string off of the plant. Well, it was until I slipped. Now, I think I will leave the string there a bit longer. :(
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Old 08-05-2010, 02:48 AM   #20
 
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I am not sure which variety it is. It just seems to be getting worse and worse. It is scraggly looking and the leaves and parts of the stems are getting more yellow. Considering the bright Green of the other plants it seems a real contrast. These pictures don't show off the yellow real well. It looks even worse when looking directly at it.



My tank is 25 inches deep and it has 2 18 inch 15 W 6700K bulbs over it. I have Java Fern right next to the Rotala and it doesn't look any worse then when I put that in there. The Green of the leaves is very bright Green but there is patches of Brown as though the leaves got burned or something. Those have been like that since day one and have not gotten any worse. In fact, it seems to have grown quite a bit.


inga i just remembered these plants are the same as the small plants i have at the front of my tank. the really green ones.they love light.they higher the light i give them the greener and taller they get.
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