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slojko 03-16-2013 07:31 PM

plant / decoration ideas
 
http://i.imgur.com/rwKB1AQ.jpg

pretty minimal right now i want to get more live plants but i dont know what would grow well / look good with this. im pretty new to this fish keeping (a year) so i dont know very many species

Goomba 03-16-2013 11:15 PM

I like the way anubias looks. You could attach it to the driftwood and it wood attach it self.

Byron 03-17-2013 02:40 PM

If that plant in the back is Java Fern, I would attach it to one end of the wood. With the rhizome buried in the sand, it may well rot. You can read more about this plant, and the others, in our profiles, second heading from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page. Or click on the shaded names in posts to see that species' profile.

The large plant is a sword, probably Echinodorus bleherae which is the most commonly seen species.

Other good plants would be pygmy chain sword or chain sword. [Click names for pics.] Crypts (we have a few species on the profiles under the substrate-rooted category) are another possibility, though these are more sensitive. The two swords mentioned will establish and spread rapidly.

Floating lants are always nice. Water Sprite, or Brazilian Pennywort allowed to float works well.

Are you adding any plant fertilizer? If yes, which one(s)?

Byron.

slojko 03-21-2013 06:56 PM

thanks for the replies guys :). i was using seachem flourish but i only have 2 plants in here now so im not adding it anymore until i get more plants

Byron 03-21-2013 08:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by slojko (Post 1504610)
thanks for the replies guys :). i was using seachem flourish but i only have 2 plants in here now so im not adding it anymore until i get more plants

This being the case, don't expect the sword to last. Echinodorus are very heavy feeders, and I can see some yellowing on the newer leaf growth which is a sign of insufficient nutrients. Dying off of the older outer leaves is to be expected after moving the plant, but the innedr new leaves should remain green, darkening as they mature.

I would use Flourish Comprehensive once weekly, and also consider Flourish tabs with one placed next to the roots every 3 months. The root tabs make a real difference to swords. But as some nutrients must be taken up via the leaves, you need the liquid too. Liquid alone can suffice, usually.

Byron.


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