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philthefish94 01-23-2011 11:26 PM

new to plants
 
So i've never really had a planted tank and i got some questions, my tank is low lighting and has no Co2 and i probably wont use fertilizers. So my questions are,

1. Is this even possilble?
2. If so will these plants work; Java fern, hairgrass (i can buy this online as a 4' by 7' carpet), Anacharis and some java moss

Thanks in advance!

Phil

The Game 01-24-2011 12:27 AM

java moss and java fern would work, not sure about the hairgrass, i think that needs better lighting

Byron 01-24-2011 01:59 PM

Good low-light plants are Anubias, Java Fern, Java Moss, many of the Cryptocoryne species. Depending upon how "low" it is, swords and Vallisneria can work.

Substrate plants like hairgrass, being farthest from the light, generally need more intensity, and with that comes CO2 and additional nutrients. Though some have success in basically low-tech setups. But there are better choices that are more likely to work.

The type of light is all-important. I can be more specific if you indicate what fixture you have (fluorescent or incandescent) and the tank size.

As for nutrients, without some fertilizer you will have very limited success. Even Anubias and Java Fern need food to grow, and many of the essential nutrients are not likely to be present in the average aquarium without being specifically added. A good complete liquid fertilizer once a week usually suffices. I can recommend Flourish Comprehensive Supplement for the Planted Aquarium made by Seachem as one of the best. It may seem initially expensive, but you use so little once a week it lasts a long time. Another that would work in your situation is Nutrafin's Plant-Gro liquid, though it takes more and thus this becomes more expensive long-term.

Byron.

philthefish94 01-25-2011 12:19 AM

thanks! but its only a 5.5G so its not that deep, does that change anything?

redchigh 01-25-2011 11:47 AM

If you want a froeground plant, Dwarf sag should be your first choice.
What kind of light do you have?

Byron 01-25-2011 11:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by philthefish94 (Post 569450)
thanks! but its only a 5.5G so its not that deep, does that change anything?

What is your light? It may be fine or not, but until I know what it is I can't say.

philthefish94 01-25-2011 07:17 PM

its just the regular florecent light

Byron 01-25-2011 07:58 PM

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Originally Posted by philthefish94 (Post 570106)
its just the regular florecent light

By fluorescent are you meaning tube fluorescent, or a screw-in bulb that is a compact fluorescent?

What is the wattage? What is the type--does it have a name like "daylight" or "warm white" or "cool white" or...? Is there a kelvin rating (number followed by a K)? Some of this will be printed on one end of the tube, depending upon size and manufacturer, or maybe somewhere inside the fixture.

philthefish94 01-25-2011 07:58 PM

no theres nothing there i just got it with the tank that o bough for like 50 bucks

Byron 01-25-2011 08:09 PM

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Originally Posted by philthefish94 (Post 570158)
no theres nothing there i just got it with the tank that o bough for like 50 bucks

OK, so it is the light in the hood on the tank, that helps. Is it a tube that has prongs at the end, or a (normal type) screw-in bulb.


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