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teddyzaper 12-16-2009 03:32 PM

plants vs JD
so i just got my 55 gal set up, cycled and put the fish in and i want to put some plants in it. i would like a BIG grassy plain, amano style look. i want to do this as ground cover: AquaticMagic Im already buying like 30dollars worth of plants from here so i would like to order from here and have it in the shippment. my question is, will my JD, placo, or pictus bother this plant? i am also gonna have some sort of anubias on some rocks every so often. thanks!

Hawkian 12-16-2009 07:12 PM

Well JDs will usually uproot plants. I don't have experience with JDs or plecos with plants but they are fish that get fairly big and can therefore get fairly messy. I would personally re-think the ground cover myself: you might end up wasting $$?

teddyzaper 12-16-2009 08:03 PM

ok ty, thats what i was thinking to. ill just stick to nothing.

Angel079 12-16-2009 09:04 PM

Uhm not only would the JD possibly uproot plants - But what you've posted there is a moss, so you'd need to tie it down somehow in a way, shape, form to not only have it form a carpet and not drift upwards but also somehow JD safe.... Had you considered Hairgrass? It will grow to about +/-1" but it roots down fairly quick (compared to other plants used for carpets) and possibly would withstand the JD better then moss?

teddyzaper 12-16-2009 10:45 PM

i bought some hairgrass (2 pots) from awuariumplants. the last experience i had with them wasnt good so im hoping this one is better.
here is what i ordered for the other tank:
Items Ordered: Price: Status: 1 of : Cabomba Purple (Red)(Cabomba pulcherrima)
$1.97 Processing 2 of : Dwarf Hairgrass (Eleocharis acicularis) pot
$7.46 Processing 1 of : Ludwigia, Narrow Leaf(Ludwigia palustris)
$2.08 Processing 1 of : Pennywort, Brazilian (Hydrocotyle Leucocephala)(6-8 stems)(8"-10" tall)
$2.52 Processing 2 of : Sword,Ozelot Sword (Echinodorus 'ozelot')potted)
$7.46 Processing 1 of : Tiger Lotus, Red (Nymphaea zenkeri)
$5.49 Processing

Angel079 12-17-2009 09:58 AM

Oh that's right down my alley of plant orders - NICE choice!!! I LOVE the Ludwigia & Tiger Lotus (had you seen my Tiger picture on here?)

That's odd with your Hairgrass there :-? do you maybe have too little lights (not going down far enough in a large tank)?

Now on the Pennywort I think you seen my thread just watch it over taking your tank :lol:

teddyzaper 12-17-2009 12:04 PM

i meant i have had bad experience with the last time i bought there 90% of the plants were dead, i managed to salvage 2 contortion vals and a petite nana out of 5 plants i ordered (contortion vals come in groups of like 10).

Angel079 12-17-2009 12:29 PM

I didn't wanna say nothing at first...but I did find your new order pricey as well (thou I donno this place quality)
I have order here 2x Sweet Aquatics and I love the quality and the pricing there (and so far always got free shipping too) and all plants I got there so far are doing great.

teddyzaper 12-17-2009 01:26 PM

the only thing i found particularly expensive was the tiger lotus, which i think is reasonable because of its avaibility and rarity.

Angel079 12-17-2009 05:02 PM

You find a Red Tiger Lotus rare? I had never any problems finding it so far, guess I just got lucky.

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