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milindsaraswala 03-11-2008 10:40 AM

Plants for New Aquarium
 
I have just setup new aquarium and I want some plants. I like which will cover all ground surface like grass.

More thing i want to ask is that what i should keep in mind to do all this.

Tips and Tricks for plants for 10 g tank are welcome

fish_4_all 03-11-2008 10:59 AM

Ground cover is one of the hard ones.

Let's start with what kind of substrate you have.
Your lighting type, watts and lumens (lumens if known)
How hard do you want to work to get this going and are you on a limitted budget or is money no issue?

milindsaraswala 03-11-2008 11:02 AM

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Originally Posted by fish_4_all
Ground cover is one of the hard ones.

Let's start with what kind of substrate you have.
Your lighting type, watts and lumens (lumens if known)
How hard do you want to work to get this going and are you on a limitted budget or is money no issue?

I have 10 g tank with 1 honey gauromi, 1 blue gauromi and 4 tiger barb with 1 air filter nothing else.

Yea I am hard worker (gud care taker for my tank). But with limited budget

iam_koi 03-27-2008 01:00 PM

hello milindsaraswala!

i see, we have somewhat the same fauna (fishes). i have four sunset gouramis, 7 black neon tetras, 5 rosy barbs and a betta splenden.

they live in my 35 gal planted aquarium.

my plants are more on the echinodorus sp and i have hygrophila polysperma var sunset, i have neseae sp., rotala rutondifolia, thai stricta, pennyworth, stargrass, and glossostigmata as the foreground. i added riccia fluitans last week, it seems to be doing fine but my rosy barbs love eating it.hehehe

i could suggest, java fern, the anubias species which are hardy plants and vallesnerias... well, vals are big plants... might stick to anubias barteri var nana or the petite.

hope this helps..

dougz 04-03-2008 02:06 PM

E. tennelus is a relatively easy 'carpet' plant to manage..

But again, what do you have for lighting? What is your substrate?

fishguy 04-03-2008 06:32 PM

i`ve seen tanks where the whole gravel bed was covered like a carpet of green.how would you clean a tank like that.i thoght you had to siphon the gravel bed every now and then.

dougz 04-03-2008 06:37 PM

It'd be a challenge for sure.. Wondered about that myself.. :)

fish_4_all 04-04-2008 12:41 AM

When you have a full carpet like that you no longer syphon the gravel of course. All you do is hover over the top oif the lawn with the gravel vac to pick up the larger debris and waste and remove what you can. Once a tank is able to support such a lawn effect the whole break down process becomes very efficient and the waste that gets through is broken down into needed nutrients further enhancing the nutrients to the roots.

This kind of established plant bed is sometimes easy to do but more often it is very difficult. Pressurized CO2, very high light to keep the plants in the form of a carpet/lawn and a lot of fertlizer dosing, tweaking and perfecting to make sure the needs of the lawn and the rest of the plants in tank needs are met so nothing fails to get what it needs.

Simple carpets are easier such as with Clovers and Echinodorus Tennelus. Not as nice looking to some but still forms a nice carpet. CO2 and high light is still needed for best results but is easier than say Glasso or HC, (hemianthus Callitrichoides)

dougz 04-04-2008 07:11 AM

Thanks, fish..


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