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tommaso889 08-28-2010 06:53 PM

how to convert to planted
 
so i have been lookin at the pictures of f/w tank and i am loving the planted ones and i would love to add some plants to my own tank so a few questions :)
1) can i just add them into the gravel and would they just grow thier roots there or is there something i have to add?

2) would i have to get a better light it is just the regular light that came with the tank?

thanks in advance :D

kitten_penang 08-28-2010 06:58 PM

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Originally Posted by tommaso889 (Post 458496)
so i have been lookin at the pictures of f/w tank and i am loving the planted ones and i would love to add some plants to my own tank so a few questions :)
1) can i just add them into the gravel and would they just grow thier roots there or is there something i have to add?

2) would i have to get a better light it is just the regular light that came with the tank?

thanks in advance :D


the gravel is fine just add liquid ferts. normal lights that came with the tank might not be suitable.a full spectrum 6500k watt tube is better

tommaso889 08-28-2010 07:00 PM

ahh okay is there any low light plants ??

badxgillen 08-28-2010 07:01 PM

plants
 
so many plants so little time..just do a little research there are plants for low medium and moderate amounts of light..some float and som root to rock and wood....as far as substrate you could opt for just sand or gravel and add liquid or tableted ferilizers or not add any....there are also many plant substrates wich work well... flourite to name one..ada another....give us some more thought and info..and we will hellp you along the way......by the way if you get a new light 6500K is a good rateing for a planted aquarium..

badxgillen 08-28-2010 07:04 PM

some suggestions
 
java moss ,java fern, anubius Sp. , water wisteria, water sprite, bolbites,windelov,are a few candidates...ADIOS...

tommaso889 08-28-2010 07:06 PM

i have litteraly just typed low light aquarium plants into google soo i shall see what comes up :))

tommaso889 08-28-2010 07:12 PM

i like the look of java fern :D is this low light it said it was but i thought i would double check

kitten_penang 08-28-2010 08:13 PM

yes it is so are swords

Byron 08-28-2010 08:57 PM

All of the plants in our plant profiles will manage fine with the number of fluorescent tubes that you have but you will probably need to get good tubes as kitten and others have mentioned. Full spectrum, sometimes called daylight, with a kelvin rating of 6500K or around that is excellent. You can buy these at hardware stores, made by GE, Phillips, Sylvania. Measure the tubes you have, end to end excluding the prongs, that is the tube size, and buy that size in 6500K tubes (6000-7000K range).

Gravel is perfectly adeuqate for plants. Liquid fert like Seachem's Flourish Comprehensive Supplement for the Planted Aquarium will be needed.

There is a series in the Aquarium Plant section stickied entitled "A Basic Approach to the Natural Planted Aquarium" that covers the basics and will give you background info.

Byron.

tommaso889 08-29-2010 04:47 AM

at the pet shop they come in little terracotta pot do i take them out of the pots or leave them in ?


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