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Old 10-05-2010, 06:09 PM   #11
 
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Wow, those are great looking. He'll definitely enjoy them if they get like yours. I planted these on Sunday so they're still wimpey looking. He's been pouting and hiding behind the filter since I planted them and had to take out the plastic plants to make room for the live and one plastic plant in particular he used to rest on during the day so hopefully these plants will "bush" out enough for him to do so.
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Old 10-05-2010, 06:33 PM   #12
 
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Well, to be fair, I had a few bunches and planted them, in the bunch. It was amazing how quickly they grew though. They are taking over my 25 gallon tank. The Guppies hide in them all the time and I can't find them. lol
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Old 10-06-2010, 04:47 AM   #13
 
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well they like to play peek a boo in there lol
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Old 10-06-2010, 11:46 AM   #14
 
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I was just thinking... How big is that tank? It looks like a 10 gallon...

If those swords are Echinodorus Blehiri, they get huge... (Up to 15 inches wide all around, and 36 inches tall)... At minimum, I'd move them back against the back wall... The wisteria is easier to trim, so it would do better in the front.


I would NOT turn the filter off, but raising the water level so the water doesn't 'splash' down is a good idea. You don't have enough plants yet to absorb all of the ammonia.

As for lighting... I have 20W of CFL light over my ten gallon tank, and no ferts at all... (It's got a well-established substrate though) and I have to really get up close before I see any algae at all.

Wisteria is a stem plant- you only need enough gravel to keep them in place.

Perhaps for thr 45G you might look into a soil substrate? (link is in my signature.)
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Old 10-06-2010, 12:15 PM   #15
 
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You could also let the Wisteria float your betta will really like that they love floating plants. Or if you can find it
pennywort is a wonderful stem plant that grows well floating also and its really easy to take care of and grows fast.
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Old 10-06-2010, 12:47 PM   #16
 
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In response to redchigh: it is a 10 gallon tank, and the swords are E. Amazonicus, at least that's what it says on the package they came in. Not all of these swords will be in this tank for long. Three maybe four of them are going into another 10 gallon once I have enough gravel, so once there is more room I'll rearrange the ones in this tank. All of my tanks already have gravel, and I really don't feel like messing around with soil, especially in my 45 gallon. It's a tall tank, and even standing on a stool it's hard for me to reach the bottom, which is why I just want to pile on more gravel when it's time to plant the swords.



In response to Calmwaters: I do plan on getting Pennywort. I've seen lots of pictures of planted tanks and the ones who have pennywort, for some reason, to me it always catches my eye right away. Unfortunately none of the LPS's I've been to have any in stock. I'm going to try one south of my town, but there's been a lot of road construction going on down that way so it might have to wait awhile. I do want to float some of the plants, but it's going to have to wait for the moment because I'm afraid it will get caught on the filter intake. Once the plants are big enough to absorb all of the ammonia on their own and I ditch the filter than I'll try floating.


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Old 10-06-2010, 12:55 PM   #17
 
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Good I hope you can find some. If not you could always try some where like sweetaquatics.com. You can get lots of plants from them and even with paying the shipping it is cheaper than what you pay at the LFS. I have ordered from them and have always been very pleased.
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Old 10-06-2010, 01:03 PM   #18
 
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Thank you, I will definitely check them out. I've been to a couple of websites that sell aquatic plants, and I've been very hesitant to seriously consider ordering. The only thing I'm really comfortable with ordering online are books, with everything else I like to be able to see it with my own eyes to make sure it's of good quality. But if you've ordered from them before and are never disappointed then I'll seriously consider it.
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Old 10-06-2010, 01:09 PM   #19
 
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Salix, two very reputable online plant sources are www.sweetaquatics.com like amanda said, and also www.aquariumplants.com
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Old 10-06-2010, 01:11 PM   #20
 
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Lots of the users on here have used them and been pleased thats why I started ordering from them. I was afraid to order plants on line at first to because I am like you I like to see what I am buying before I buy it.
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