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hi,

im looking for some new plants for my aquarium, its a 4ft freshwater which is currently stocked with alot of plants from local pet shops but have found that every petshop that i go too has the same plants and am looking for something thats colourful, bushy and big. Basically alot different too what is in my tank and something that can stand out. Preferably obtainable in australia.

can anyone suggest comewhere that sells alot of aquatic plants or anyone i can buy off via this website?

matt, heres a picture of my tank with what i have soo far...


 

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:shock2: Amazing tank.:shock2:
Try Nymphaea stellata. Their shocking red color makes a contrast from green ones.:wink2:
How many wattage per gallon(wpg) do you have?:)
 

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thanks for the plant, ill look out for it.
the bulb on the tank just has:

GRO - LUX
F36W / Gro

so i assume its a 36 W, it was a regular flourescent from a pet shop for aquariums. um... we dont work in gallons over here so its 200 litres and my calculator on my computer say that that equals 45-50 gallons.
 

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50 gallons to be exact.:)
Your plants seem to be doing well, don't they? I'd recommend plants that grow fast and prefer dim to moderate lighting.
Nymphaea stellata is one of those as I had successfully grow them under subdued lighting. I'm adding up my lighting system now as I have CO2 to boot.:mrgreen:

Try Elodea densa, Ceratophyllum demersum, Javan fern, and Anubias.
 

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I dont really have alot of knowledge on keeping plants, but they have been growing heaps fast since i put them in a few months ago and are extremely bushy now, but they have actually all stop growing and are really slow now, should i be adding nutrients to the water or something to replace all the minerals or whatever that they have used up.

i didnt also understand also what you meant by carbon dioxide to boot, do the plants build it up in the aquarium and the lights then remove it?

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matt_bet said:
I dont really have alot of knowledge on keeping plants, but they have been growing heaps fast since i put them in a few months ago and are extremely bushy now, but they have actually all stop growing and are really slow now, should i be adding nutrients to the water or something to replace all the minerals or whatever that they have used up.
Your plants may have used up the minerals so it may be a good idea to get some ferts.:)
i didnt also understand also what you meant by carbon dioxide to boot, do the plants build it up in the aquarium and the lights then remove it?
Nah. I inject them to my tank. Not really a big deal unless your plants really demand CO2 to grow fast. Yours are fine so no need to get CO2. Lights do not remove them. They allow photosynthesis for plants.:) Plants use up CO2 during the day but use oxygen at night.

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Stunted growth is often a sign of low nitrates. I had that happen to me and now I dose all myplanted tanks with everything and have never seen a problem with growth since, nor with any deficiencies.

For 36 watts over a 50 gallon that is amazing growth. Is not often you see it that good but the plants do show some signs of the lower light. Wisteria is leggy and thinner than normal and the others plant show the signs of reaching for the light but they look awesome for color!

As for colorful plants, Sunset Hygro may work well and if you like to keep your nitrates low it could get some really nice reds and purples in it. I was going to suggest cardinal plant but it might need a little more light to survive in your tank.
 

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aquabid.com is always a good site for rare plants
other sites to get plants from
aquariumgarden.com <-cheap prices and high quality, recomended
aquabotanic.com
azgardnens.com
aquariumplants.com

Some UK sites
http://www.aquaticplants.eu.com/ <- also recomended
aquaessentials.co.uk
 

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have you used a substrate festiliser, i see a few varying colours under your gravel??


Try adding another bulb to your hood.

Tropica.de is a good website- prob the best plants in the world- they list each species individually what tropic it is from its requirements and ease to keep.

Plants seem good so far, but keep an eye as to how they settle. Is the tank near a window/??
 

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I would also recommend going to some plant forums and go to their classifieds sections.

Many people practically give away their clippings and the only thing you need to pay for is the shipping.

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Something that seems to be catching on in the hobby is going out and finding new plants from foreign and/or local cuisine. There are a lot of herbs that are used in many different ethnic foods that can be grown submerged. Some restaurants will have live plants they grow that you might be able to buy from or order them. Ethnic shops also have some [plants too that might works, the odoratum (genus, I think) is a coomon one as well as lymnophila aromatica.
 

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In my 35+ years in the hobby I have found that quality of lighting has a resounding effect on plant growth not necessarily the number of watts or the brightness of the bulb. You obviously have found the balance. However, as you add plants that tend to grow lower(pygmy chain swords, ect) you may want to increase the intensity. Keep in mind, however, that the spectrum of light must NOT be compromised for the sake of intensity. By using glass canopies in lieu of traditional black plastic hoods, one can easily add an extra light thereby increasing the lumens used. Lumens is a number used to inform one of the intensity or brightness of a light bulb. The higher the number, the brighter the light.
I'm glad to see more aquarists using live plants again. It is not much different in theory than keeping fish. All you need to do is meet the requirements needed to keep'em healthy.
 
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