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Old 10-03-2009, 11:53 AM   #1 
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Live Plants for Beginners?

Hey everyone,

I'm interested in getting a live plant or two to put in my 5 gallon tank with my betta boy, but I'd like to know what types are generally hardy and good for rank beginners like myself. ^_^ It also needs to be a plant that can tolerate the 1/4 tsp of salt per gallon that I put in.

Also, any basic pointers for planting them and keeping them happy would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 10-03-2009, 02:33 PM   #2 
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I have an Amazon Sword plant and Green Wendtti Crypt in Flair's 5 gallon tank. The Crypt is getting pretty large actually. They are doing fabulous though. In my other 5 gallon tank I have Kleiner bar sword, pennywort, and cardinal. The cardinal isn't to happy right now though lol. From my experience, Crypt is really hardy...and hard to kill. It can get Crypt melt, but it bounces right back. Corkscrew val, dwarf hairgrass, and java fern are also easy plants.
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Old 10-03-2009, 03:43 PM   #3 
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Java moss, Java Fern, all the ones that Dr2b said. :) I'm getting plants for one of my tanks too! So exciting. :D
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Old 10-03-2009, 06:17 PM   #4 
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Oh, if you get the amazon sword family plants, I found I needed root tabs since they are heavy root feeders. They also go through a phase where the leaves look like they are dying and going clear when you first put them in...but it's just their way of acclimating and new growth will appear. I learned that after freaking out lol.
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Old 10-03-2009, 06:59 PM   #5 
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I have 2 crypts in my hex 5, and I haven't killed them yet.. the non-aquatic plants sitting on top of my entertainment center don't look so hot tho, I definitely don't have a green thumb..
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Old 10-04-2009, 03:08 PM   #6 
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^ I don't, either, which is why I'm very hesitant to try live plants. Heh.
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Old 10-04-2009, 03:22 PM   #7 
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I can't keep a land plant alive for nothing. They ALWAYS die on me. And I seem to do really well with aquarium plants. So I definitely think people should give them a try. I was hesitant too at first.
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