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post #1 of 3 Old 08-04-2012, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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What Plants would be good?

Hey everyone,

I've got a very bare aquarium at the moment as the plants I had went really nasty.

I've downloaded the 4 part basic's to planted aquariums that I will read soon but I wanted some advice on what would be some good plants to buy?

Also, I'm not an enormas fan of our local fish shop and I want to be cautious about introducing the plants.... what should I do to make sure there's no unwanted guests onboard them.

Thanks all
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post #2 of 3 Old 08-05-2012, 06:14 AM
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I don't know what level of light you are equipped to deliver so I will mention that crypts and apogeneton bulbs (betta bulbs) have been pretty tolerant for me. I recommend that you sprout the apogenetons in a separate container to make sure the bulbs are viable before placing them in a tank containing fish. The bad ones rot in the most foul-smelling way which I am sure is an indication of harmful gases being produced as they decompose.

I am also successful with hornwort, anubias, java fern and java moss in low light situations. I usually recommend that people who want plants, but who aren't willing to add CO2, iron-rich substrate and higher than normal lighting, find one species they can grow-- and then grow a ton of it!

thousands have lived without love; not one without water.

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post #3 of 3 Old 08-05-2012, 11:21 AM
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Check our plant profiles [second tab fro the left in the blue bar at the top], there are several suitable depending upon the light.

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]
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