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wannalearn 02-07-2012 12:37 AM

plant suggestions,
 
well i just dont done changing my 75gal over from gravel to play sand,, i think i will like it.. While i am waiting for it to settle i was trying to decide on plants.. so far i have picked,
2 banana plants
1 anubias congensis
1 anubias nana(on driftwood)
1 melon sword
1 red flame
2 water sprite
4 micro sword..
tell me what you think about this list(for starters) ask questions, give recomendations, what ever.. thanks..

wannalearn 02-07-2012 12:40 AM

oh one more thing.. was looking at some pics of the plants. and the ones that came potted, didnt come potted in any kind of soil.. It looked like shreeded and compressed cardboard.. is it recomended to remove that befor planiting, or leave it alone.. it looks hard to get all of it off with out completley destroying the roots..

Byron 02-07-2012 12:56 PM

The matter is usually rock wool, whitish or beige in colour. It should be removed but try not to break the roots. It can be left (assuming it is the normal rock wool), I usually remove what I can. I find when I do leave it, it sometimes appears months later, which is not a problem, but just shows that as the roots grow they will push it out of their way.

Plant list is fine. Banana plants are not always easy to grow, many very experienced plant aquarists find they only last a year, so don't be discouraged if they don't do well. Don't buy the tubers (the "bananas"), just the white roots. Put them under direct light.

Water Sprite if it is Ceratopteris cornuta should be left floating. Check our profile for the differences.

Make sure the melon sword and red flame sword are under direct light, any red leaf plant is higher light requiring. Anubias should be in shade, floating plants overhead is fine, and both species are best attached to wood or rock. Just don't bury the rhizome in the substrate, it may rot.

Byron.

wannalearn 02-07-2012 01:31 PM

on liveaquaria they have the water sprite listed as ceratopteris thalictroides, is the onlyl real diffrence the shape of the leaves. what i am wanting is of course the shade, but on the TFK profle, that is just a amazing pic of the big root system hanging down in the water colum.. thats what i am after.. the banna plants may get left out. i like them, but the wifey says they look goofy. may substitue them for some pygmie chain sword..

Byron 02-07-2012 03:43 PM

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Originally Posted by wannalearn (Post 975996)
on liveaquaria they have the water sprite listed as ceratopteris thalictroides, is the onlyl real diffrence the shape of the leaves. what i am wanting is of course the shade, but on the TFK profle, that is just a amazing pic of the big root system hanging down in the water colum.. thats what i am after.. the banna plants may get left out. i like them, but the wifey says they look goofy. may substitue them for some pygmie chain sword..

The pygmy chain sword is a wonderful substrate plant, it does very well in moderate light under floating plants. Once settled, it will spread everywhere via runners.

The Water Sprite left floating will develop lovely dangling root masses, fish love to browse through these for plankton, and fry can hide in them.

In my last post I see I wrote "don't buy the tubers," I meant don't bury them.:lol: But I think you are best to avoid this plant, I've never had it last more than a couple months.

wannalearn 02-08-2012 10:31 PM

thanks again byron,, that is what i will do.. get the pygmie instead of banana...


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