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albinowife 03-16-2008 11:26 AM

Should I have live plants in my aquarium?
I currently have only plastic plants in my aquarium. Should I introduce some live aquatic plants?

marinebiologist21 03-16-2008 11:30 AM

What type of fish do you have?

albinowife 03-16-2008 11:32 AM

I have two angelfish, a pleco, and a dwarf frog. I recently had some troubles and three guppies died. I've heard plants can help fish with their health. I plan to get more guppies soon.

marinebiologist21 03-16-2008 11:36 AM

I have heard some types of plecos can damage plants?
Hmm, not sure though.
Yes, live plants are good for the water.
I am no expert in this field, but since you have no fish that would uproot any plants (e.g Convict Cichlids) you'll do fine.
You need to read up on the requirements there are to having live plants like EcoComplete or Fluoride in your tank.
Hopefully another member more experienced can take you further than I can.
Good luck!

albinowife 03-16-2008 11:38 AM

Ok, thanks for the help. Do you have plants in your aquarium? One big question I have is how do you maintain the aquarium like vacuuming the bottom if there are plants in it?

marinebiologist21 03-16-2008 11:42 AM

Not currently do I have any live plants, but I have had.
Well, your gravel should slant to the front to the front of your tank, making you only vacuum the part where the slant ends (the front of the tank) so feces and food can roll down there for you to vacuum. (However, this is not mandatory)
Gravel Vacuums aren't strong enough to uproot plants, I would imagine.
I just went a little less deeper around my plants and a little more gentle.

albinowife 03-16-2008 11:47 AM

Ok. I currently have rocks at the bottom of my aquarium holding down plastic plants. Should I get a different substrate if I plan to get live plants? What did you have in yours?

marinebiologist21 03-16-2008 11:55 AM

I'm sure rocks will be okay in your tank.
Now, substrate- never use sand- it compacts around the roots of plants.
I used no substrate- I just used Eco Complete.
I'm not sure if you can mix substrate with Eco Complete.

You can have eco complete on the bottom of your tank and cover it with 2 inches of gravel?
Not sure.

albinowife 03-16-2008 11:59 AM

Thank you!! Do you recommend any certain kinds of plants for a little aquarium?

marinebiologist21 03-16-2008 12:01 PM

Java ferns are nice. The above link provides better info.

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