Is This A Good Small Tank For Plants?
I plan on setting up a small tank that will house Dwarf Baby Tears, Dwarf Hairgrass, and Amazon Swords. I found this glass aquarium and I am fairly new at fish keeping so I am wondering if this lighting is good enough for dwarf baby tears or plants that need high lighting.I would select the 4 gallon tank.
Here is the link: Eheim Aquastyle Aquarium
Thank you so much!:-)
From what I hear, LED lights aren't the best for live plants.
You could have some low light plants in it though.
Also amazon swords will outgrow that tank way too fast.. try micro swords. :D
Also, in 4 gallons, I hope you are planning on just a betta.
Thanks for your feedback! I will look into a smaller sword plant. I found another tank. How does this one sound? Desktop & Small Aquarium Starter Kits: Picotope 3 Gallon Aquarium Kit
If you know of any tanks around 3 gallons that are good with plants, please let me know!
LEDS don't support as good plant growth due to there low wattage. With an LED you are still able to successfully grow plants but the amount of plants and the growth of the plants will be greatly diminished. I would recommend easy to care for plants such as the ones provided below
Duckweed is a small floating aquarium plant that isn't found at most LFS for no appearing reason. I had gotten mine when a small amount came with a shipment of fish and within a week it had covered the top of a 10 gallon tank. It is probably the easiest aquarium plant available to the home aquarist and known to thrive and grow very fast With low light setups, no added fertilization, and no Co2. When keeping this plant with a tank that has substrate rooted plants, you might need to trim the duckweed regularly due to its accelerated growth rate, and it blocking out light for other plants.
This plant has a very beautiful appearance with multiple small bright graceful green leaves, the small root trailing out of the bottom look very interesting.. Bettas will especially appreciate gliding under the leaves. And swimming under the floating roots, I have also noticed that some small creatures such as scuds, and mosquito larvae will love hiding from bettas in them meaning that the bettas are known to skid the surface looking for more after you've fed live foods. It's very cute.
Java fern is a relatively easy to care for plant with minimal requirements regarding setup, and nutrient requirement. Java fern will grow very well, and vigorously in a wide range of setups, such as with little light, no added fertilization, little circulation, and no added Co2. but appreciates Just a small amount of added liquid ferilization and will grow much more vigorously and will show an elevated amount of vivid green colors with it. this plants propagates through small plant lets forming off the plant. When small rows of brown spots are seen on the plant, don't be alarmed. This is a sign of it reproducing.
Java fern is a very beautiful, non substrate rooted plant, which means that it has roots yet it doesn't do well in the substrate and will rot if placed in there which is why it is usually seen tied to rocks, driftwood or left to float. When tying it to ricks you can easily use a small cotton thread to tie, and after time the cotton will disintegrate and the java fern will attach to the material it's tied to. It's appearance looks very pretty, and gives a graceful appearance with the long slender dark green leaves, or sometimes a bit wider leaves, along with small branches sometimes seen forming on some parts of the leaves such as the one in the provided picture above. The appearance of this plant might look pretty to you and possibly the fish but herbivorous and omnivorous fish avoid this plant due to its bitter, hard taste which is the primary reason it's recommended for cichlid tanks, out of all the other plants
Anubias Barteri var. Nana AKA Broad Leaf Anubias
This specific type of Anubias is very easy to obtain and care for. This plant can be grown in a broad rane of given setups Such as low light setups, no fertilization, and no added Co2. It will thrive with the addition of added liquid ferilizers as it derives most of its nutrients from the water itself and not the substrate due to it being non substrate rooted. Which means that it has roots yet it doesn't root to the substrate. It ideally even shoudnt mbe placed in a tank with very high light, or in direct light as it develops unsightly brown and yellow Spots along with discoloration of the leaves. Sometimes Turning slightly clear. Anubias will grow very slowly in most setups which makes it very susceptible to many types of algae. Ideally you would want to maintain almost perfect aquarium requirements and only keep the tank light on for 8 hours, to keep the algae minimal.
The appearance of this plant is quite stunning with the graceful, broad, bright green leaves. The leaves are one of the many reasons that bettas love this plant. The are known to swim under, stride through, and rest on the magnificent leaves. This plant is easily planted by tying to a rock, decoration, wood, or sometimes even is left to float as it does fairly well that way. You can tie it using cotton threads, and as they disentigrate it should root to the material it's tied to
THank you Mo!!! If I can't find a tank that suits my needs then I will definitely be using the plants you recommended. First, did you see my second post with the second tank link? This one doesn't use LED lights and it has 3 watts per gallon
I think that the light and tank should easily support the provided plants, as they are all low light and require no ferilization
So, it will be alright for dwarf hairgrass and dwarf baby tears? THanks again!
The picotope is a gorgeous little tank. You'll be able to have hairgrass no prob.
I'd try the baby tears, but you may have tremendously slow growth without CO2, but they should manage to survive.
Have you looked into replacement bulbs for the tank? For best growth you should be changing the bulb around every 6 months, even if it hasn't died.
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Great thanks! If I add a liquid CO2 substance will that be good enough? The site with the tank shows that you can order another bulb!
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