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bmm930 11-12-2007 05:42 PM

How to create a heavily planted aquarium for 10 gallon tank?
I have been seeing on this site a lot of cool pictures of peoples planted aquariums and have been noticing how nice they really are. I have just purchased my first real plants about a week ago - one red ludwigia and one java fern. I was hesitant for years about getting real plants for my tanks because I was convinced that they promoted algae and would clog up my filters. However, I was enlightened that they can actually prevent algae when in the correct environment. So now that I have these two plants, I can't believe that I used to have only fake plants in my tanks! The live plants really create a realistic and nicer look for the aquarium.

A lot of tanks that I have seen on this site are so nicely landscaped and I am inspired to make my tank look like one of them. The problem is, I have a pretty small tank of 10 gallons (37.85 L). I want to have a lot of plants in the tank, but I don't want it to be too overcrowded. I have a basic petstore gravel for the ground and have a carbon filter. I have two 25 wat lightbulbs up in the hood which I could keep on for either 12-14 hours a day, or 6-8 hours a day. (Which one is better?) So basically, what I am asking, is what types of plants should I get , and where should I put them, to make my tank with my conditions heavily planted and look as awesome as some of your aquariums? Thanks!

willow 11-14-2007 09:24 AM

small corkscrew villas would look really nice in there,
then perhaps some small rocks.
maybe villas either side of a bit of mopani/bog wood.

Unrulyevil 11-15-2007 01:10 PM

Very nice post . First off I'm glad that another person has discovered how tank with real plants could be so much better than fake plants. Who can blame you? Would you like to live in world where everything is plastic? :D

Anyways... your light looks good and it should be on for around 10 -12 hours because many plants come from the tropical regions of our planet where light stays on for 12 hours a day.

For 10 gallon tank I would recommend getting Amazon sword (very easy to keep and looks killer) and I would also recommend anubias nana. these are both hardy plants and will be ok. One more thing. Make sure that when you plant your sword and your anubias you have anubias under the leafs of the Amazon sword because anubias like to be shaded. Also make sure that you have at least 3 inches of fine gravel. And don't bury anubias too deep. !

Good luck!

P.S get some java moss.

fish_4_all 11-15-2007 04:37 PM

What kind of lights do you have?

bmm930 11-15-2007 07:45 PM

Thanks, Unrulyevil!

As far as my lights are conserned, I have two 25 wat bulbs in the hood. They are 120 volts and are transparent. Made by MARINA.

Falina 11-15-2007 08:16 PM

Do you live in the UK? If you do, try Greenline. They sell, very reasonably priced, mixed bundles for different tank sizes and lighting conditions. They give a wee instruction sheet detailing the different sizes the different plants will grow to and therefore which are best for background, foreground etc.

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