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Max77 07-24-2008 03:59 PM

Easy Plant?
Hey guys. My 10 gallon tank is cycling right now. I have normal gravel. Is that ok?I have never had a live plant in my tank before. Is there a plant that does not require very much special equipment. I also want it to not require much care because i am 14 and Football and Wrestling take over my Life. :D :D . If there isn't a plant like i am looking for i am totally fine with plastic but i would love a live plant. Is there a big difference between plastic and live when it comes to looks. thanks

Little-Fizz 07-24-2008 04:11 PM

I think live plants look better, plus they actually play a roll in your aquarium.

This would all depend on the type of lighting you have. How many watts is your light?

Max77 07-24-2008 04:34 PM

after a lot of research, i think my light is 15 watts.

Little-Fizz 07-24-2008 04:41 PM

Just read the bulb! It will have the wattage right on it.

15 watts for a ten gallon should be ok for a low light plant. Its supposed to be 3 watters per gallon of water but I have like 15 or 18 (can't remember) watt on a 28 gallon and my plants do fine.

You should go "shopping" for plants and see what ones you like then come back and we can help you pick the best one for your type of lighting. Avoid any plants with red leaves because they require a co2 injection.

Max77 07-24-2008 04:43 PM

I will take a stop at my lfs.

okiemavis 07-24-2008 05:42 PM

Java fern or java moss are the standard low-light plants that do well without ferts. Most anubias are pretty unkillable as well, although they're a little bit pricier since they grow *so* slowly.

Most cryptocoryne do well in low light, crypt wenditii is a good one. However, the crypts may require a bit of fertilization.

The two main ferts are liquid and root tabs. You can probably get away with just liquid fert, but the anubias or crypt (or another *rooted* plant) would benefit from a root tab as well.

Max77 07-24-2008 06:06 PM

I like the Java Fern and the anubias. Is their trimming involved? How much are good fertilizers?[/u]

okiemavis 07-24-2008 06:34 PM

With your lighting, I doubt the plants will grow fast enough to need much trimming. The anubias may need pruning once or twice a year (seriously, it grow slooow). The java fern, probably more than that, but I don't think it will grow very fast in these conditions.

One important note: you'll need to change the bulb out every 6 months, as different spectrums in florescent tubes burn out faster than others, and unfortunately, the colors that plants use go out first. When you're looking for a bulb, look for one rated from 5,000k-10,000k- 6,700k is ideal. Here's an example:

Ferts aren't very expensive, probably around $6 for 8 oz. I use flourish and it's great. I like it because it's much more concentrated than others, so it lasts a lot longer. It also doesn't stain the water the way some other brands I tried did:

Max77 07-24-2008 08:51 PM

I think i am just going to stick with fake plants. I dont think I have enough money to keep plants. :? Thanks anyway

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