Suggest low-maintenance plants
I'm sure this type of thread comes up every now and then, but I'm looking for advice on how to add plants to my aquarium. The only shops in my area are petco and petsmart, and they have pre-packaged plants (Top Fin brand, I believe). I'm hoping you guys can give me the names of a few good plants to look for that will be an easy addition to my aquarium. My main goals are to have something that look better than artificial plants and help decrease nitrate levels.
About my tank:
20 gallon (standard dimensions) with a single flourescent bulb.
Substrate - 2" deep small/medium rounded gravel (epoxy coated, I think)
Fish - 3 gold barbs, 2 platys, 3 neon tetras, golden algae eater
Filtration - Penguin 150gph filter
Temperature - 76
I really don't know much about aquatic plants, so any information will be appreciated. Thanks!
Tropica Aquarium Plants - Plants - Easy
I use this site for info (the link is to all easy plants), since all the shops in the country seem to only haveTropica's plants.
Have you thought about ordering plants online? I do it all the time with great success (although I'm Aussie, which is no help to you) lol
I love swords, thin val and anubias - they are SO easy to grow and look great. My cichlids like to eat the swords tho!
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if you are talking about the plants in the clear cylinders, the vast majority of them are not real aquatic plants and will rot in your tank. Also, almost every one has the wrong name on the box, only scientific names are accurate bu they use the wrong common names. Its a lot safer to look online for plants u want and then try and find them in stores. The mess that comes with rotting false aquatic plants is a real pain in the butt.
how many watts is the light tube?
Meh, Banana plant isn't really an 'easy' one. It likes high light and cold water.
Its best to stay away from tubes. Lots of online places ship plants for fairly reasonable shipping. Since plants dont need overnight, lots of places do 2 day or 3 day shipping and the prices are usually only around 10-13 dollars, its much better than spending 10-13 dollars on plants that ruin your water.
Also i agree with redchigh, ive only seen banana plants last in cold water aroung 60-75F degree water, mine stopped producing leaves at 78F and just sat there as bananas for the longest time until i gave up on it and tossed it out.
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