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Old 11-22-2012, 11:13 AM   #1 
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Plants?

Hi guys. I was considering going out soon to pick up a few things for my tank..

I have two live plants but I don't have any CO2 or anything, they came from the bottle in Petco and have been stuffed neatly under my black gravel ever since I got Ghost..And I've been thinking about getting even more, like a floating plant and possibly a betta bed c;

Should I be getting something to help them grow? Also, do you have any suggestions for a first timer of sand? Also, do you have any certain hiding places that Betta's LOVE? I currently have a skull but I was thinking to buy another place for him to hide in.
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:28 AM   #2 
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Hi guys. I was considering going out soon to pick up a few things for my tank..

I have two live plants but I don't have any CO2 or anything, they came from the bottle in Petco and have been stuffed neatly under my black gravel ever since I got Ghost..And I've been thinking about getting even more, like a floating plant and possibly a betta bed c;

Should I be getting something to help them grow? Also, do you have any suggestions for a first timer of sand? Also, do you have any certain hiding places that Betta's LOVE? I currently have a skull but I was thinking to buy another place for him to hide in.
well, fertilizers I hear helps, some plants though do not need either for example marimo moss balls and java moss are free floating plants that do not need either.

You might want to check the plant's specific needs and see if they do need fertilizer or not.
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:29 AM   #3 
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well, fertilizers I hear helps, some plants though do not need either for example marimo moss balls and java moss are free floating plants that do not need either.

You might want to check the plant's specific needs and see if they do need fertilizer or not.


I'm pretty sure both of my plants need it, if so, what brand should I get? I heard miracle grow is okay, right?
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Old 11-22-2012, 11:33 AM   #4 
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What are he plants labeled as?
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:06 PM   #5 
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I like low tech on Betta tanks because I like as few additives to their water as possible. Most aquatic mosses are a good choice. I love moss because there is a large variety to choose from and you can create a multi-layered tank with them alone. Just Google aquatic mosses to find the ones that look the best to you.

Do not use any fertilizer designed for terrestrial plants. They all contain high levels of phosphates. Only use fertilizers designed for aquatic use.

Stir your sand at least once a month. Anaerobic bacteria in the sand can make pockets of gas in the sand as they release nitrogen gas. As long as you stir it often it can't build up.
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:09 PM   #6 
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I use cories and water changes to stir up my sand.
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:22 PM   #7 
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Yeah but not everyone has a nice pair of grounds keepers in their tank to do all the dirty work. Plus that is the only piece of advice I could pull off the top of my head for first time sand user. I am a rebel and use fine to med gravel substrates in my planted tanks. But I use very few rooted plants in my tanks so I can get away with it.
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:24 PM   #8 
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For Carter's tank I only use water changes. But not all petco plant tube plants are aquatic.
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:21 PM   #9 
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seachem flourish is a good brand of ferts.
dont use miracle gro!
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:32 PM   #10 
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When I mist my filter the water is nutrient packed so terrestrial plant ferts get in my tank.
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