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kaykay1295 08-09-2011 08:02 PM

new plants
i recently bought some plant bulbs at petsmart. i have a 10 gallon tank. i have 2 platys 2 mollies and 5 guppys. and an otto. i dont know my ph, i need to get a water testing kit. what is the best way to take care of my plants and get them to grow? i have a waterlilly and onion plant bulb. i have a heater and filter in my tank with two fake plants and a rock fixture.

ladayen 08-09-2011 08:36 PM

Are you able to take a picture of the boxes the bulbs came in?

sik80 08-10-2011 06:42 AM

there a 4 part sticky thread by byron at the top of the aquarium plants section of the forum that tells you everything you need to know

redchigh 08-10-2011 09:23 AM

Both plants should not be planted in the substrate- Simply make a small 'pit' in the gravel, and place the bulbs in them.

If the onion plant has a lot of roots, trim them all off. They will regrow quickly. If you leave them, and they rot, it can kill the bulb.

kaykay1295 08-10-2011 10:30 AM

should I get fertilizer? and I don't need subtrate or I do? I'm new to plants and have never had a green thumb so I wanna know all that i can. Also should I continue to use water conditoner since it takes out the minerals? and how can i get amonia to turn into amonium. and do these plants need nitrate or nitrite?

kaykay1295 08-10-2011 10:33 AM

oh and they didn't have any roots, it was just bulbs. should i cover them with the sand or just leave them at the bottom. and I only have about 1" 1/2 -2" of sand in my tank

redchigh 08-10-2011 11:14 AM

Plants need nutrients. In well-established (often appearing dirty) tanks, there's usually a lot of nutrients in the detritus in the gravel.

Otherwise, you'll need nutrients, and flourish comprehensive is fine. There's really a lot to cover, and I can't explain it nearly as elequently as Byron... So...

kaykay1295 08-10-2011 11:25 AM

i read them, I got about a third of it. I'm normaly able to understand just about anything(I have an extraordinarly high reading comprehnsion level for a highschooler) but I feel that I don't have enough background knowledge to fully understand them.

redchigh 08-10-2011 11:40 AM

Well, it would be much easier if you asked questions, and I can explain the parts that you have trouble with. You can even PM me if you like.

kaykay1295 08-10-2011 11:44 AM

thankyou, I would apriciate that. also my grandpa is a chemist, and i asked him how i can get the ammonia that is naturaly in my water to become ammonium which is harmless to fish, he said add a buffer to lower the ph. what kind of buffer should i use and how?

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