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trukgirl 01-29-2010 11:41 PM

Put me in the "planted" category!
I just got my first real plant today! I've already forgotten the type, I'll post a pic shortly maybe someone can name it. Anyways, my LPS always carries these. (They are a small local owned store that caters mostly to aquariums!)

They suggested me to use Flourish by Seachem, & told me the amt to use for my tank. I have 2 18" T8 15W lights in my tank right now that I believe are full spectrum (they came with the tank, I got it used off Craigslist) they have a purple look/light. I was trying to read up on all the lighting stuff and as far as that wattage per gallon goes I'm way under it (its in my 55g). Do I need to upgrade my lights? Or just one? I am going to be sticking to 1 plant for a while to see how this goes. My tank has been set up since September. Do I need anything else for this 1 plant???

philipboucharddavies 01-29-2010 11:45 PM

It all depends on what type of plants they are some plants are easy maintenance ie: Java fern, java moss ect. These plants require NO special lights, CO2 or Ferts they also look great! IF you post a pic i can probably tell you what kind of plant it is!

Phil :)

trukgirl 01-30-2010 12:29 AM

trukgirl 01-30-2010 12:35 AM

Also here is a new pic of the tank for size reference. Should I move that air stone away from the plant???

philipboucharddavies 01-30-2010 12:30 PM

Im not 100% on this but it looks like an amazon sword but with broader leaves

trukgirl 01-30-2010 02:16 PM

OK so I called my LFS and they told me to google "Janet Craig Pineapple Plant", Dracaena deremensis or Dracaena compacta ?

These are a couple pages I found:
View Plants
WaterScapes Aquatic Plant Nursery Aquarium Plants

Great, so now I find this:

Turns out I should have done my homework. I only paid $3 for the plant so oh well. From what I found its better as a terrarium plant and needs bright light. POO!

stephanieleah 01-30-2010 02:23 PM

Hi trukgirl, nice to meet you

It's a beautiful plant. The google images I came up with show that the plant has stripes (I don't see them on yours) which makes me wonder if it is in fact an aquatic plant. From what I have heard about plants with stripes, they will survive in the aquarium for a definite amount of time and them die off (sorry to be negative!). But if I were you I'd leave it in there and see how it does (it looks beautiful in your tank!) but don't judge your planting abilities based on this particular plant. About the lights, lots of folks on here use less than 1 watt per gal, but they might want to chime in here because this seems like very little (which IMO is better than too much).

trukgirl 01-30-2010 03:20 PM

Thanks, nice to meet you too! :)

I agree, it is a pretty plant! Thats why I picked it over a few other more common varieties they had in stock. Most of the pages I found on it show that there are ones with and without stripes. Yeah I am with you... based on what I've found out about this plant I'm not gonna base my plant-ability by it.

I think next time I make a trip to Petsmart or Petco I'll get another. (I will leave this one there till it croaks lol!) Any suggestions? I would like something pretty to look at that might spread some but not take over the tank.

Experienced planters.... I would like suggestions on the lighting? the Flourish by Seachem, is it good? And from everything else I've read, I should probably move that airstone, but should I just completely disconnect it? Suggestions please????? Thank you........ :)

(I've been keeping fish for quite some time now.... but I am a TOTAL NOOB with these plants!!!!! LOL)

ETA: I wonder also if I should have root tabs or something for this plant to help it??

philipboucharddavies 01-30-2010 05:46 PM

Suggestions: well here is some EASY plants that require NO special care,
Java Moss (Makes a Carpet of wall, search it up on google how to)
Java Fern (Needs to be on rock or driftwood)
Water Sprite (Grows tall in substrate)
Dwarf Anubias ( Small plant, better for foreground, will grow in substrate or on driftwood)
There are more but these are the most common and easy to keep, they also don't half bad :)

Hope this helps a bit,

Phil :)

Mean Harri 01-30-2010 06:05 PM

Before talking about lighting and fertilizing you have to get that air stone out of there. But you only have one real plant in the tank and that is not enough to provide enough o2 for the fish. You probably should have waited and bought a bunch of plants and planted them all at once. You're kind of in a pickle now. Fertilizing for one real plants is expensive. The air stone will displace any co2 that plant needs. No one has mentioned any of this yet. I'm surprised.

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