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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-26-2012, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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Planted Tank Help, what do I need?

Okay so for Christmas my mom got my some plants because she knows I want to start a NPT. Problem is, I think (or know, haha) she got way too many crypts! Eleven of them! One is a Wendtii green and the other 10 are assorted.
I also don't think the Anubias is well suited for my tank either.
(She said it's "anubias co." and the only one on the website she ordered from that starts with a C is coffeefolia, which apparently gets 9-18 inches tall!)
They're still in the mail, apparently, so I can't give ID on the crypt variety pack, unfortunately.

The tank I'm planting is a 6.6 gallon bookshelf. I plan to use organic potting soil and topping with black sand.
Anyway, what other plants do I need to have a complete planted tank? I have java moss coming as well.
I was thinking of java fern, water wisteria (HYGROPHILA DIFFORMIS).

I also like the look of both water sprite aka Lace indian fern (ceratopteris thalictroides ), LUDWIGIA REPENS, dwarf bolbitis, and frogbit.

Would 1 "order" of each (from 1-4 stems) be too many plants? I have a 5 gal I wouldn't mind donating a few plants to if need be (it's just gravel now, but I wouldn't mind going NPT for that one either)
Oh, and I'm planning on ordering from Bob's Tropical Plants, though open to other places as well

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I'm very new to this myself, but I'd suggest you read the sticky by OldFishLady in this section. There's a huge list of suggested plants along with lots of other info. http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=114575.

When I bought my plants I bought wayyyy too many! I'd get one bunch (if there's 6-10 stems) of 3-4 different plants. I like Hygro Deformis, Cabomba caroliniana, Rotala indica, Lugwigia repens and some of those crypts you'll be getting. Also a sword or 2 and some sags or vals. This is just my MVHO. I'm sure others will chime in. Want to see pics later. Best of luck!
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Thanks!
I've read the sticky probably about 10 times, haha, but I just want to make sure of everything, ie: that I have the proper number of each type of plant etc etc.

Will definitely post pics once I get my plants.

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You sound like me... I've read it several times!

Oops! I forget the floaters... I really like Dwarf Water Lettuce and Frogbit!
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I really like Frogbit too, have to find someone else to get it though because BTP doesn't have it

I almost forgot about snails! Where does everyone get Malaysian Trumpet snails? I've heard they are considered a pest snail and that most petstore will just give them away, but I don't trust my Petco to know a guppy from a goldfish (okay exaggeration, but I did hear them say that bettas eat plants...)

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I got my MTS from my LFS (not chain store). $1.00/doz. I got my frogbit and DWL from Ebay. The rest of my plants I got from either AquariumPlants.com http://www.aquariumplants.com/ or PlantedAquariumsCentral.com http://shop.plantedaquariumscentral....-Plants_c6.htm . Was very pleased with both places.
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Bumpity, any other suggestions/input

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