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|Debating on starting with actual plants rather than just plastic|
I've always had just plastic plants, but I've read more and more on the benefits of having live plants in ones tank. Now first of all, I don't want to have to put other types of substrate in my tank, nor have to worry about fertilizers and other such chemistry experiments in my tank.
I'm wondering if there is a way to put a live plant in something such as a small drinking glass with just regular aquarium gravel. If so what types of plants would be best with danio's, guppies, and swords (the main fish of my tanks)?
I want something that can provide a fair bit of hiding area, and allow for the danio's to lay eggs upon should it be desired of them (I also will have a slight marble la
|Posted 20-Jan-2011 17:06|
The girl's got crabs!
What sort of substrate and light do you currently have?
You can use pots, but you might be just as well with Java Fern and/or Anubias. Neither needs to be planted, they aren't too fussy about fertilisers, and they only need low light.
|Posted 23-Jan-2011 03:51|
Well as of right now I've just got a basic gravel substrate, and I cannot find the type but it is a florescent tube of sorts. I wish I could be of more help, but was in minor accident recently and am currently on moderately strong pain killers which are proving to hinder my thinking abilities, so for now I bid you all a farewell...
|Posted 24-Jan-2011 17:38|
Small Fry with Ketchup
I'm with Callatya, best first plants are java fern and
Anubias. Tied onto driftwood or rock or anything, they'll add some of the live plant benefit without any of the drawbacks. Since you've got fake plants they'll probably also anchor themselves to them as well!
Unless you've got a horrid substrate that you've already been thinking of swtiching out I wouldn't worry about it. Any waste that's already collected down in the substrate will be good for any root feeding plants that you'd pick, and switching that out means not only a mess in the tank but a lack of nutrients for the plants.
Fluorescent bulbs have a wattage ba
Good luck with those pain killers .
|Posted 25-Jan-2011 01:26|
I suggest you start with some easy plants, Hornwort was a great plant that I first started with... a floating plant that you can anchor (but not burry into the substrate). I also suggest some low light cryptocorynes.
If your gravel is something you aren't fond of, this is the time to replace it. If not just stick with it and like Babel said, it probably has some great waste for some plants to feed on.
Wait until you aren't so medicated to start working so you are happy with your decisions. Scout out what plants your fish stores keep stocked and/or research some easy to grow plants. Start out slow and easy and work your way up.
Good Luck on switching over to the greener side
\\\\\\\"an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of the cure\\\\\\\"
|Posted 06-Feb-2011 04:14|
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