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L0stInTh0ught 09-18-2010 05:29 PM

Sorry for posting another thread :/ but....
Hey guys I know I just posted a new thread but i have a question. What would be better for a 10 gallon freshwater tank. Live plants or Fake plants? If you chose live plants which ones would be easy for a beginner? Thanks and please reply!

aunt kymmie 09-18-2010 05:39 PM

I am always in favor of live plants. At the begining of the planted section of the forum there is a four part sticky done by Byron that is very informative. Maybe have a read of that and then come back with questions?? Pretty much everything you need to know are in those stickys! :-)

They are here on this page:

badxgillen 09-18-2010 05:40 PM

i like real because they help with the chemistry...but the fish you choose can very easily determine what plants if any you can have...some people like fake because they require no care and last forever....try both...ADIOS...

L0stInTh0ught 09-18-2010 06:07 PM

Ok well I read it and some of it seemed confusing. First can I have a 3-Stage filter ( Mechanical, Biological,Chemical) with live plants? Also what would be the cheapest but still good type of light for a 10 gallon tank? Another question what brand of substrate would be good for a planted tank? thanks and sorry for all the questions!!!

L0stInTh0ught 09-18-2010 06:18 PM

Oh and one more do you need a CO2 system?

badxgillen 09-18-2010 06:22 PM

CO2 is not needed and is more for the advanced aquarist..expensive...

badxgillen 09-18-2010 06:26 PM

yes the three stage filter can be used....substrate can be pea gravel or a number of plant friendly substrates like flora base or flourite...once again nice to have but more can always just go basic with river rock and a compact flourscent rated at 6500kelvin....usualy you can see the K rating on the side of the box or base of the bulb...ADIOS...

L0stInTh0ught 09-18-2010 06:52 PM

Thanks!!!! another question haha( sorry for so many! i dont want u guys to get annoyed) Which plants would look good and not get to big for a 10 gallon fish tank?

badxgillen 09-18-2010 06:56 PM

the list is endless...check out some profiles...some larger plants can be kept in smaller enviroments but need trimming....Java moss,java fern,dwarf sagitaria, marsilia,liliopsis,elodea, water sprite,water wisteria,cryptocorene wendtii,cabomba,bacopa,anubius,ECT....ADIOS....

L0stInTh0ught 09-18-2010 07:02 PM


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