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whats the best way to grow hc cuba (hemianthus callitrichoides)???
Old 04-04-2011, 04:33 PM   #11
 
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As for CO2, HC is a fairly demanding plant, but if you keep surface disturbance to a minimum, maybe it could work?

For background plants, if you dont want it to protrude too much, you can try dwarf hairgrass, does grow much taller than HC and microsowrd, but its easy to trim.
Ok well I'll give it a shot without co2 and hope it works lol
As for the Brazilian sword, didn't even know that, thanks for the info :) I'll definately put them in before I fill the tank.
Any other ideas for background plants? I just find hair grass a lil messy (planted it with my hc b4 I decided to grow without water and strands of it came loose and got tangled in the hc) and Probs looking for something with a bit more height.
Also, I have a small snail that came in my plants when I bought them, r snails any good to keep? Do they do anything good/bad to the aquarium?
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Old 04-04-2011, 05:28 PM   #12
 
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Also, I have a small snail that came in my plants when I bought them, r snails any good to keep? Do they do anything good/bad to the aquarium?

Some aquarists seem to have a phobia about snails. I on the other hand, and many share this view, consider them a blessing. Provided they are plant-friendly.

Of the commonly-seen snails, the best is undoubtedly the Malaysian Livebearer, or sometimes called Malaysian Trumpet or Malaysian Cornucopia Snail because of the shape of the shell (long, spiral, cylindrical like a cornucopia or horn of plenty). These fellows burrow throughout the substrate, and perform a service that absolutely nothing else can equal in a planted tank. A nice feature is that they can exist in soft acidic water as well as basic hard water. Many other snails do not fare well in soft water due to lack of calcium for their shells.

The other two "good" snails are the pond snail and acute bladder snail. To me they look identical, but they are indeed different. They, like the MLS, do not eat plants unless the leaf is already dying. Both reproduce by laying eggs.

Any of the above will eat "stuff" that nothing else touches, nor can usually get to, before it becomes problematical. They also eat algae, though not to such an extent as to be very effective except under normal conditions. I view them as a sign of a healthy aquarium.

The ramshorn snail is often grouped with the pond and bladder snails as useful. Some have reported that these will eat plants, others say not. I haven't had these for many years, and don't intend risking it.

There are other larger snails that aquarists specifically buy; some are included in our profiles [second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page, then under "Other Aquatic Creatures"]. It is unlikely that one of these will be introduced with plants; that usually falls to one of the smaller species.

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Old 04-06-2011, 05:13 PM   #13
 
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The problem with ramshorns is there are dozens (maybe hundreds?) of species that are nearly identical... I would suspect that some eat plants and some don't.

I've never seen my ramshorns eat a single healthy plant, but there are countless reports of them doing so. Must be different species...

For a background plant, I would use 'Echinodorus var Vesivius'.
It would be a nice contrast to the grasslike plants I think.
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Old 04-06-2011, 07:19 PM   #14
 
would one need Co2 for a ten gallon with HC. I don't dose excel but I do dose or will dose flourish comprehensive. I could manage a DIY co2 and just get a bubble counter.
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Old 04-06-2011, 08:15 PM   #15
 
HC is often reputed to be a demanding plant that needs CO2 and high lighting. You can try it, some people can get beautiful lawns.

But Co2 can be dangerous, although much safer than excel. I know people who need to turn their co2 off at night or their water ends up with too much co2 and tehir fish start to suffocate. I dont know if you can turn DIY systems on and off. Co2 also affects your PH so you need to get a drop checker or test often.
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Old 04-06-2011, 09:38 PM   #16
 
I have a test kit and the change would be in my favor providing it doesn't change below 5.
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:07 AM   #17
 
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I have a test kit and the change would be in my favor providing it doesn't change below 5.
CO2 in a very small tank (like 10g) is quite a risk. Plus you need to increase the light intensity and the other nutrients to balance.
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Old 04-07-2011, 06:00 PM   #18
 
so what would you guys do? also is it possible to over dose dechlorinator?
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so what would you guys do? also is it possible to over dose dechlorinator?
On the plant issue, I would try it with the present setup. If it grows, fine; if not, move on to another plant.

On the dechlorinator, while most of them say you "can't overdose," it makes sense to me not to, at least not to extremes. No need to dump chemical stuff in the water unnecessarily. But having said that, I just "squirt" it in when I do water changes, so I'm sure I am overdosing, but probably not by much.
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Old 04-08-2011, 08:47 PM   #20
 
same here but I was wondering if it was possible to. I will try it with out C02 and an I add plants on the first day
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