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Old 10-26-2012, 06:01 PM   #1 
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Planted aquarium?

Im trying to decide whether or not to buy a bunch of plants and make blitz's 10g a planted tank or not. So anyways, how would i need to care for a planted tank and what are the best beginner plants? And can i use gravel with a planted tank? I would prefer it if i could. Also if you can post pics of ur planted tank that would be amazing! It would give me many ideas. Im trying to stick with the asian theme tho
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Old 10-26-2012, 06:03 PM   #2 
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Is there any way to move this thread? I just realized i posted it in the wrong section... Sorry :)
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Old 10-26-2012, 06:35 PM   #3 
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Hygro anuibus java moss anarchis hornwort and crypts.
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:15 PM   #4 
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it's ok, the thread isnt too out of place here.
First look into what kind of light will be available for your tank. for healthy plant growth you will need a 6500k flourescent light bulb.
After you get your light, you can then decide on the plants

A good start would be some lowlight plants. I highly recommend water wisteria and water sprite as they are simply lovely plants. and often not too expensive.m
Next I recommend crypts, these add variety to you tank with their large slender leaves.
Then the other easy plants include Java moss, Anubias, Java fern(however I always manage to kill this), anacharis, naja grass
easy floaters include salvinia and duckweed.
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Cryot Wendettia is best.
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:47 PM   #6 
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just remember: even if the package says "guaranteed snail-free" you HAVE to de-snail them before planting. rinse them thoroughly, then run your fingers along every leaf and stem. if you feel anything gooey and viscous (like a glob of snot or jello, for lack of a better definition) get a paper towel and scrub it off as roughly as you can without hurting the plant. you don't want to end up with one snail that turns into a thousand overnight.
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I ignore snails then use assassin snails.
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:54 PM   #8 
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Planted tanks are great (albeit I'm a tad biased, as all my tanks are planted)! As aokashi said, light is very important to plants and will help picking out what to use. Gravel works well - I started out with gravel, and there were no problems at all. Chocolate and aokashi already pointed out a lot of the good starter plants, so I'll just add a picture of one of my tanks and what it contains:
5.5 gallon betta tank, lighting: single 13W compact flourescent - Water Wisteria, Anubias, Green Cabomba, Compacta, Hornwart


Personally, I like my snails, but I know some people don't. I've found that as long as I don't overfeed and keep the tank clean, the snail population stays in check. lol I actually intentionally introduced some "pest" Malasian Trumpet Snails to help keep the sand in some of my tanks aerated and therefore prevent the formation of anerobic pockets.

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^ that's a good example of tanks with starter plants XD
I phased out my starters a long time ago photos of my tank wont help you much T___T
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:45 PM   #10 
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Wow thanks! I def think that when i get some money saved up i will my 10g into a planted tank! Cant wait now!
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