Plants for a new tank.
I will be re-starting a 35L tropical tank very soon and need some advice on plants.
I purchased some plants earlier on in the week from a local fish shop but later found out from the internet that they were not real aquatic plants and I was told to remove them. These are now in the bin so what a waste of money that was :(
Can you recommend some nice easy to keep beginner plants for me?
Also, should I be adding my plants before or after the cycle and/or the fish?
These are a few websites I am looking to order from:
Aquarium Plants - Aquarium Plants - Aquarium Plants | Pond Plants | Plants Alive
Plants | The Green Machine
Hi Andy, Spiralis are nice, low maintenence they grow like crazy. Also Anubias Nana Narrowleaf are good
Not sure if you add them before or after cycling. I'm sure someone else will help you with that question. Good luck. Ted
Plants can be added before the tank is cycled,they will help remove the ammonia.What wattage light do you have it your tank?
Assuming you have flourescent (or compact flourescent) in cool white 6500k lighting, and approximately 1 watt pet gallon (a little less is ok), then I'd go with:
Echinodorus Blehiri var Compact (Important that it's the compact variant!)
Echinodorus var Vesuvius
Dwarf Sag (Or Hairgrass/Eleocharis if you're using sand)
Accent pieces (tied to driftwood or rocks)
Narrowleaf Java Fern
Anubias Nana (Or nana var petit)
BTW, I prefer Sweetaquatics.com to buy my plants. They have all of these in stock.
Thanks for the tips guys.
I have a 15W flourescent light, its a SunGlo tube I think.
I can't order anything from SweetAquatics.com because, "Currently we are only accepting orders from the United States and US Provinces." I will look into the plants you have suggested. I assume they are all "real" aquatic plants?
And welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.
My tank is very new and is only just beginning its cycle, so far the ammonia levels have remained at 0, presumably with the help of my 5 plants.
Is it possible to add too many plants into a tank?
How do you attach a plant root to a piece of wood or rock?
Do I remove the plants when cleaning the tank, if so, is there any way I should do this?
Plants like Anubias and Java Fern have a rhizome that should not be buried or it may rot, so those plants you can attach to wood or rock by using cotton thread (black is less visible) or fishing line, which will in time disintegrate and the plant roots will be holding firmly well before that point. I like to wedge the rhizome (carefully so as not to break it) into a crevice if there is one, or between two pieces of rock or wood. Again, the plant's roots will take hold in a few weeks.
Normal "cleaning" would be a weekly water change and vacuum of the gravel (except where plants are rooted in the gravel). Plants remain where they are.
exactly as Byron says
be sure your not taking ALL the water out! only remove 30% of water a week and replace.
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