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Miss Mila 09-03-2008 05:47 PM

What is an easy plant to keep?
I have a five gallon with a Betta. So far I have Lutea and ludwigia in it. The lutea is doing fantastic and I'm surprised cause I got it from Wal-Mart (I work in the live fish there).

The ludwigia I got from Petsmart and it was planted in my tank and it got all mushy and yuky two days later. What the heck happened?

I have a friend that is sending me some java moss. I hope it is easy to work with cause when it comes to plants I seem to not have a green thumb but rather the black thumb of death.

Any suggestions on other plants types I wont kill?

MARIOPARTY53 09-03-2008 06:13 PM

any plant is easy to keep! just get the fertliser (NEEDED!) and substrate (RECOMENDED) And 8 to 12 hours daily with the light on

iamntbatman 09-03-2008 07:59 PM

The biggest factor, above and beyond your fertilization and substrate, is the lighting you've got on the tank. Not sure about the lutea, but ludwigia is generally considered a high-light plant so if you aren't meeting its light requirements that could be your culprit.

The java moss should do just fine in pretty much any conditions, so no worries there.

You could also try java fern. It does very well even with sub-par lighting and zero fertilization.

Knowing what kind of lighting you've got in place might allow for more suggestions.

Miss Mila 09-03-2008 08:14 PM

Well I have some cheap lighting atm. It's an Aqua Culture Aquarium Plant Bulb, 15W/120V Incandescent.

iamntbatman 09-03-2008 08:25 PM

Well, without replacing your light fixture, you could replace the incandescent bulb with one of these:

You'd want the Colormax version for freshwater. Most LFS's carry them, as well as better-stocked Petsmarts. That would probably put you in the "medium" lighting category, which could open up some doors for more plant options. In addition to the java moss and java fern, you could try anubias or crypts.

teh13371 09-09-2008 08:08 AM

be aware, however, that in a few months the java moss is able to grow all through the tank, taking up all/most of the light and may kill the other plants. but when i say may, i mean it can happen in the months, or it can stay the same size, that has happened to my java plant and seed. the plant grew very large somewhat fast, but the seed is still roughly the same size

finsNfur 09-12-2008 02:19 PM

I have java moss attached to a log in my tank. I pull it out once a month or so and give it a thorough trim. That stuff is so easy to grow, I just have whatever bulbs came with my Wal-Mart aquarium kits and it thrives.

Another plant I got from a fellow member here is hornwort. It floats at the top. I've had it for a month or more, and it's still doing well.

okiemavis 09-12-2008 03:55 PM

Generally stem plants need a very good trimming (the same way you trim flower stems before you put them in a vase) in order to do well. Otherwise they get all mushy. I'm guessing that was the issue with your ludwigia, as the light shouldn't have caused it to die in two days.

Incandescent is DEFINITELY something you want to change out, as it will cause some baaad temperature fluctuations in the tank. It's also just about the worst lighting ever for plants. It's not the right spectrum.

Java moss and java fern are both great selections for your tank.

Also, do you have a heater in your tank? These are tropical plants (and a tropical fish :P) so they will just die if they are kept too cold.

Kirze719 09-13-2008 04:24 PM

There are a lot of plants at wal-mart. but I don't really trust my local walmart when it comes to fish.

okiemavis 09-13-2008 04:34 PM

Beware of plants at walmart, petsmart, etc. Many of the plants they sell are not truly aquatic and will turn to mush and die in your tank.

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