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post #1 of 22 Old 05-01-2011, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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Where to buy plants?

I have just started my 40g planted tank, which is my first! I've had it going for about two weeks, everything is going very well. I have Eco-Complete, proper lighting, fertilizer, etc. Now to the point of the post...

I have bought a couple plants from the LFS, but they only have a small selection and it seems overpriced. I see tanks on this site that have super diverse plants, all very healthy looking. Simply asking, where do you buy plants such as these? I know they grow and all, haha, but you have to start somewhere! Is buying online the best option? What sites?

Additionally, what are some basic plants I should check out. I have a good 3" EcoComplete substrate as I mentioned and I'm up for anything, first planted tank and all.

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post #2 of 22 Old 05-02-2011, 01:44 AM
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There many online sites that are good. Many ppl buy from Sweetaquics, aquabid(I have heard of some ppl buying from there), and the last place I bought from was Thatpetplace. You can check some plant profiles and pics of plants in the tropical fish profiles. It is on the blue tap at the top of the screen second tab from the left. Then just like freshwater plants.
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post #3 of 22 Old 05-02-2011, 12:29 PM
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As with fish, not all plants do well with all other plants. I won't go into all the science on allelopathy, but in addition to this there is the light requirement which varies. So the first thing to know is what your light is. And the fish species. You don't want to spend money on a group of plants only to have half of them fail and pollute the water when they fall apart.

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post #4 of 22 Old 05-02-2011, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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I have one 6500K florescent tube over my 40g as you recommended. As of now, the water is still cycling, so I have 6 bloodfin tetra, who are doing very well. For now, this is going to just be a small, peaceful tank. I'm open to whatever you suggest.
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i buy my plants from PetSmart. go there on the day they get their plants in, which is Friday for me, and you'll get first pick of all the good plants. the one by my house has a pretty good selection.


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post #6 of 22 Old 05-02-2011, 03:36 PM
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I have one 6500K florescent tube over my 40g as you recommended. As of now, the water is still cycling, so I have 6 bloodfin tetra, who are doing very well. For now, this is going to just be a small, peaceful tank. I'm open to whatever you suggest.
Good, this helps. With moderate light and an enriched substrate, I would look to the swords. Several are in our profiles, Echinodorus bleherae as a specimen plant would be lovely, with pygmy chain sword or the similar-looking Sagittaria subulata, Dwarf Sword, and maybe crypts (Cryptocoryne species) though these can be fussy and "melt" if things are not just so. Corkscrew Vallisneria is different from the others, and does quite well esp in medium hard water.

Floating plants are beneficial to fish and water conditions. Ceratopteris cornuta if you can find it, or if not, the stem plant Brazilian Pennywort is ideal left floating.

I find the above (except for the crypts) very hardy, easy plants. All are in our profiles. Online plant suppliers usually have these, some have packages of mixed plants, but the problem with these is getting plants with different requirements (stem plants for instance frequently require more light).

Hope this is of some help.

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post #7 of 22 Old 05-02-2011, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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Awesome, I'll look for these. Thanks!
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post #8 of 22 Old 05-03-2011, 09:41 AM
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If you want to try a crypt, be sire to go with Crypt Wendtii. They're definately the hardiest.

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post #9 of 22 Old 05-03-2011, 10:01 AM
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I purchase plant's from aquariumplants.com.
With exception of an anubia plant attached to wood, my tank now consist's of all Crypt plant's.
I have Crypt retrospiralis,Crypt balansae,Crypt pontederiifolia,Bronze crypt,Crypt wendtii (red),Crypt parva,and some floating pennywort.
Plant's are thriving under three 32 watt T8 bulbs and once a week trace minerals(flourish comprehensive) and dry fertz NPK.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #10 of 22 Old 05-03-2011, 11:36 AM
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I have several Crypt Wendtii and they look nice with a mixture of green plants.I wanted a more than just green plants. So these came recommended on here. And they have been doing great for me.

The swords I thought wouldn't do very well with nothing but light and Flourish complete, but they have been growing well.

I just got some micro swords. I know they grow slow, but that is fine with me.
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