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ShawnMcc 04-19-2007 11:54 PM

Plants I plan to buy from
Here is what I have so far. I think it is enough for a beginner. Or will it overwhelm me and my tank?

Java Fern mat (Microsorium pteropus)

Petite Nana (Anubias Pygmy Nana)

Vals, Corkscrew (Vallisneria americana) (10 plants per order)

Tiger Lotus, Red (Nymphaea zenkeri)

ShawnMcc 04-20-2007 12:28 AM

One more I am adding alont the outside.

Sword, Amazon Sword (Echinodorus bleheri)

fish_4_all 04-20-2007 12:35 AM

Well, A large variety of plants and even a larger variety of needs. The first is the sword which will need a large, LARGE tank. They can outgrow a 55 in the right conditions.

The vals can be very tall also, I had corkscrew vals and they grew taller than my 10 gallon from starts in less than 3 weeks.

The fern and anubias are pretty easy. No real requirements of anything except light and fish.

I don't have personal experience with the Lotus but I think they need some pretty high light.

Before we can really say for sure if they will work for you can you tell us some more information. Lighitng type and watts, tank size, substrate and if you plan to inject CO2 or not. This will help us to make sure you aren't getting plants that won't thrive or might die in your tank.

Lupin 04-20-2007 01:41 AM

The lotus is not too demanding with light. I had a Nymphaea stellata overrunning my tank with several leaves reaching the surface before I realize this is becoming a trouble for my other plants.:shake:

ShawnMcc 04-20-2007 10:45 PM

I am looking at either one of these bulbs. I believe one of them is compatable with my 36 gallon SeaClear Bowfront Aquarium Combo
which one should I choose.

96 Watt Blue/White Combo/10,000K Compact Fluorescent
65 Watt Blue True Actinic-03 Compact Fluorescent
36 Watt 6500K Daylight Compact Fluorescent

fish_4_all 04-21-2007 12:18 AM

The actinic for fresh water is useless. The first one may have oyu in the realm of needing CO2 to control alage where the last one isn't really enough. The 65w in a standard 65-100k Kelvin would work fine and should grow a lot of different plant. Personally I wuld go with the 96 watt and see if you can get away without Pressurized CO2. Maybe a well set up DIY CO2 would run it well and provide enough for the plants and algae control. By all means if you can get pressurized, I wish I could afford it otherwise I would have it.

Lupin 04-21-2007 12:45 AM

You might want to read this site.:)

jones57742 04-21-2007 05:57 AM

I am assuming that your aquarium is 30"W X 15"D X 21"H
and is as depicted in the following image

1) Proposed planting

The planting scheme which you are proposing will indeed ultimately produce a "medium densely planted aquarium" but this may be the aesthetics which you prefer.

As set forth in a previous post the sword height is typically greater than 21" but the leaves should not generally protrude above the water surface and could provide shade for other plants.
If you enjoy the appearance of the sword and are successful in growing it I would recommend the purchase of a scissor sharpener.

2) Lighting

I am "a little lost here".

If you purchased the standard 36 gallon SeaClear Bowfront Aquarium Combo, which is depicted above, a single bulb fluorescent lamp and integrated canopy is a portion of the aquarium.
I cannot ascertain the wattage of the fixture and therefore do not know if it provides adequate light for a planted aquarium.

If you are proposing to replace the fixture and canopy I can recommend the dual fixture
I believe that the 7000K bulb will mildly enhance the growth of your plants and I know that the bulb significantly enhances the perceived coloration of many fish.
(Please note that the lunar light does not provide "the lunar lighting as advertised".)


ShawnMcc 04-21-2007 06:24 PM

thanks so much for the help. I am going along with the 95 watt one. Yes I do have to buy a bulb because petco versions do not include one. Thanks for the planting info to that was going to be my next question.

ShawnMcc 04-21-2007 07:13 PM

One last question mixing gravel with Eco-Complete Aquarium Substrate. Can I accomplish this. Will it still be as effective?

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