What kind of plants can I grow? - Page 2 - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 28 Old 03-18-2010, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
xxabc's Avatar
 
I unscrewed it, it doesn't say anything with K, or type of bulb, nothing. I'll have to go back to the store and look at the box it came from.

I may do some experimenting at first and see how I prefer it. And I'll go to the store and buy about a 1lb a gravel, I don't think what I have is enough, sadly.

Hopefully it won't explode on me then. I may get myself a snail or so, just because I want a few, ha. Are mystery and golden-inca snails the same? If I put them together, they won't breed, or will they? The apple-snails are ever so confusing.
xxabc is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #12 of 28 Old 03-18-2010, 03:00 PM
Member
 
Byron's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by xxabc View Post
I unscrewed it, it doesn't say anything with K, or type of bulb, nothing. I'll have to go back to the store and look at the box it came from.

I may do some experimenting at first and see how I prefer it. And I'll go to the store and buy about a 1lb a gravel, I don't think what I have is enough, sadly.

Hopefully it won't explode on me then. I may get myself a snail or so, just because I want a few, ha. Are mystery and golden-inca snails the same? If I put them together, they won't breed, or will they? The apple-snails are ever so confusing.
If you are adding gravel, consider what you already have as it is best to change now if you decide to. A dark gravel is best, both for the betta and the plants. Black, dark brown, dark gray mixes. On the snails, I only have experience with the common small ones and I like em in any tank. Malaysian livebearer (trumpet) snails burrow through the substrate, or the pond or bladder snails. All eat algae minimally, but will find and eat any leftover food and decaying matter. Ones I named do not eat plants, but some of the larger might; others here who know them can comment.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
Byron is offline  
post #13 of 28 Old 03-18-2010, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
xxabc's Avatar
 
How would I change the entire substrate out? I'm also terrified of losing, or even hurting, the cycle. Removing the gravel will definitely take some kind of toll on it. Can't really afford another master kit, either. And I'll go post that in the invert. section, no rush.
xxabc is offline  
post #14 of 28 Old 03-18-2010, 04:12 PM
Member
 
Byron's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by xxabc View Post
How would I change the entire substrate out? I'm also terrified of losing, or even hurting, the cycle. Removing the gravel will definitely take some kind of toll on it. Can't really afford another master kit, either. And I'll go post that in the invert. section, no rush.
I just wanted to give you a "heads up", no issues. If you decide for whatever reason to change the gravel, as there is only the betta (or two) in the tank, and provided you have live plants ready to go in at the same time, changing the substrate would not be a problem. Live plants use ammonia from the fish, and only two betta will not be more than the plants can use. Plus there will be bacteria in the filter and on the tank walls. B.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
Byron is offline  
post #15 of 28 Old 03-18-2010, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
xxabc's Avatar
 
I'll probably have to stick with what I have. It'll probably end up being too much trouble with the parent's lack of approval and what not, haha. Black gravel is what I want to use for my next tank, if I ever get it.

So, I just called Petco / Petsmart to see the plants they had. They don't have pennywort! That's the one plant I actually really wanted, too. They didn't have rosaefolia, however Petsmart has some red-ludwigia. They also have anubias, although they didn't say which kind. They did say some "sword plants", but isn't that a bit vague? And... I believe "anacharis" (sp?) as well. I'll look up that last one. They also mentioned others, but as for now, I haven't really considered those. Ah, they also had hornwort and moneywort (but no pennywort...).

Where else can I get some plants, and is it true Pennywort can grow out of water? If I went to anyplace with live plant, would this work at all?
xxabc is offline  
post #16 of 28 Old 03-18-2010, 04:46 PM
Member
 
Byron's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by xxabc View Post
I'll probably have to stick with what I have. It'll probably end up being too much trouble with the parent's lack of approval and what not, haha. Black gravel is what I want to use for my next tank, if I ever get it.

So, I just called Petco / Petsmart to see the plants they had. They don't have pennywort! That's the one plant I actually really wanted, too. They didn't have rosaefolia, however Petsmart has some red-ludwigia. They also have anubias, although they didn't say which kind. They did say some "sword plants", but isn't that a bit vague? And... I believe "anacharis" (sp?) as well. I'll look up that last one. They also mentioned others, but as for now, I haven't really considered those. Ah, they also had hornwort and moneywort (but no pennywort...).

Where else can I get some plants, and is it true Pennywort can grow out of water? If I went to anyplace with live plant, would this work at all?
Where do you live (city/town)? There may be other members near you with plants to spare. If you were near me you could have a bucket of pennywort and chain swords. Before travelling and spending money, check this out.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
Byron is offline  
post #17 of 28 Old 03-18-2010, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
xxabc's Avatar
 
Austin TX. So there's no store I can physically go to? I'll probably be able to drive in about a year so hopefully everything gets easier then.

"Hey. I have some bad news, and some good news."
"What's the bad news??"
"There's no good news."
xxabc is offline  
post #18 of 28 Old 03-18-2010, 05:46 PM
Member
 
Byron's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by xxabc View Post
Austin TX. So there's no store I can physically go to? I'll probably be able to drive in about a year so hopefully everything gets easier then.
Well, we have other members in Texas, though I can't remember exactly where. Perhaps one or more of them will see this and offer you some Pennywort or pygmy chain swords. That is what I was thinking; since you said the store didn't have these.

I missed your question on Pennywort earlier; it will grow out of the water and along filter tubes, tank frames, etc., I have had that happen frequently. It will also grow as a bog plant, which means in wet soil but leaves in the air, as in a marsh. I've never grown it this way, but it would make a nice groundcover in a wet terrarium setup for amphibians.

Byron.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
Byron is offline  
post #19 of 28 Old 03-18-2010, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
xxabc's Avatar
 
Alright, I was wondering that to see if some other kind of plant store could possibly carry it. According to google, no luck. I'm still trying though! Is there any other plant similar to the pennywort, though?

"Hey. I have some bad news, and some good news."
"What's the bad news??"
"There's no good news."
xxabc is offline  
post #20 of 28 Old 03-18-2010, 07:29 PM
Member
 
Byron's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by xxabc View Post
Alright, I was wondering that to see if some other kind of plant store could possibly carry it. According to google, no luck. I'm still trying though! Is there any other plant similar to the pennywort, though?
There are one or two sort-of similar in appearance, but much more fussy over light and such. Best to get the real thing. Have patience, another Texan may turn up with Pennywort to spare. There was someone in Dallas/Fort Worth, but darn if I can remember his logo.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
Byron is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How I grow my plants (From a newbie) pkennedy0219 Beginner Planted Aquarium 11 04-15-2009 11:49 AM
how many plants should i get? What kind? Purple7 Beginner Planted Aquarium 2 06-21-2008 11:54 AM
Got a new aquarium and want to grow plants beaufred Beginner Planted Aquarium 9 04-03-2008 07:16 PM
How to grow live plants? hookedonfishtanks Beginner Planted Aquarium 2 02-27-2008 08:15 PM
There is no algae in my fish tank and I want to grow plants AlphaHydrox Beginner Planted Aquarium 5 08-21-2007 03:27 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome