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Follow It Home 02-27-2007 08:40 PM

Begginers plants
Hello everyone, i'm new to the aquarium hobby, and even newer to live plants. I recently obtained a 10 gallon aquarium that I would like to have live plants in. Its Dimensions are the regular 20x10x12 rectangle. I just need to know some low maintenance small plants that would spruce up and add enhance the color of the betta I am thinking of putting in. Also just some basic information on aquarium plants would be greatly appreciated :D . Also one last question, what substrate should go with for live plants.

Thank you all in advance! :)

musho3210 02-27-2007 09:06 PM

Well the most important part of the plants is what lighting system do you have?

My all time favorite hardy plant is the java moss, as these are mosses they dont root into gravel so you wont really need any special gravel, they dont require any special lighting (mine survive and grow at .75 wpg) and since they taste bad fish dont eat them. They are green by the way so the go good with a red or blue betta, but the choice of betta color is up to you.

Follow It Home 02-27-2007 09:30 PM

I just have the tank right now, so any suggestions in lighting would be greatly appreciated as I was acutally starting to figure out the parts for it. Also does java moss just grow on anything?


musho3210 02-27-2007 09:33 PM

java moss will grow on anything that the stems will hook on, mine is growing on my gravel (im trying to carpet it), it grows very well on driftwood too.

Well a basic lighting system is 2 wpg, you can get most easy-medium plants, with a better lighting system (3wpg) you can pretty much get any plant you want with exceptions.

Aquaticmoon 02-27-2007 10:29 PM

Echinodorus amazonicus, Echinodorus osiris , Alternanthera sp. ,Anubias barteri ',Egeria densa , Hygrophila corymbosa 'Siamensis', Lilaeopsis brasiliensis, Limnophila sessiliflora, Bacopa Caroliniana , Cabomba caroliniana, Ceratophyllum submersum, Cryptocoryne wendtii, Microsorum pteropus, Nymphaea lotus sp. and Moss....

These are just a few plants that are easy to take care of, and don't need a lot of light to live. *note that some of the plants that I've listed will grow to large for a 10 gallon tank*

As for substrate, there are a lot of choses on the market to day like Eco-complete or Flourite . Try to go with a grain size of 3-5mm.

Ferts are need in a planted tank. Nitrates, Phosphates, Potassium, and trace.

The wpg rule does not work with a 10 gallon tank.

Sadie 02-27-2007 10:40 PM

I like Red Luwigia. I have it in both of my tanks and it is doing well. I don't know what my lumens are but the bulbs are the basic 15w florescent that come with the hood. I like the red and green look to it.

hamdogg08 02-27-2007 10:44 PM

How do you get it to take root in your tank. I've probly gotten 5 little clusters from Petsmart, and they just end up dieing on me....Petsmart.....I think I know why they're dieing off. :?

Aquaticmoon 02-27-2007 10:58 PM

hamdogg08 you need more light :wink:

hamdogg08 02-27-2007 11:05 PM

That could totally be true. I still have the regular old hood that I got with my tank... about 36"? I did however replace the bulb with a Flora-Glow bulb by Hagen. I have read on the forum that about 5 wats per gallon is the minumum. Looking at the web page, I think that I have about 1...Thanks for bringing that to my attention. I knew my lighting was bad, but I didn't know it was that bad! YIKES!

Aquaticmoon 02-27-2007 11:14 PM


5 wats per gallon is the minumum.
I've never heard this rule....what size tank do you have??
The light bulbs that you linked to will grow plants. I use them on my 55 gallon Non CO2 tank. I use 4 of the 48'' 40 watt bulbs.

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