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Old 02-10-2010, 11:37 AM   #11 
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What is your WPG? (watts per gallon).. divide the wattage of your light by the number of gallons. Low light easy plants that would do well in a 2.5 are java moss, java fern, petite anubias, possibly even a small amazon sword.

The java moss grows fast but all you have to do is cut it back periodically.. no ferts or anything required. You can even sell the extra on ebay or aquabid.. or just throw it out LOL
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Old 02-10-2010, 11:52 AM   #12 
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Right now I'm using a marine light 9w actinic, 9w 10000k, total is 7.2 wpg. I have no idea if a fresh water plant would do well under actinic light, but it does make my betta pop.

I like the java fern most i think, but what sort of substrate do i need, and how deep? is the sand ok or would i have to switch.

Are there any non-green FW plants?
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Old 02-10-2010, 12:14 PM   #13 
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wow.. 7.2 is really high.. I might even recommend getting a lower watt bulb.. I would think that much light would hurt your fish.

You can have any plant with that much wattage.. do a search for freshwater plants and see what catches your eye.
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Old 02-10-2010, 01:04 PM   #14 
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This particular light help keep lots of coral doing well. However, if the actinic isn't contributing to the growing spectrum of the FW plants, the wpg is only 3.6 .

Where do you recommend to start my freshwater plant research?
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Old 02-10-2010, 01:37 PM   #15 
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GREAT site!! They'll tell you everything you need to know.
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Old 02-10-2010, 01:42 PM   #16 
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Thanx, I'll head over and take a look
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Old 02-10-2010, 01:47 PM   #17 
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Here is part one of a series of stickies in the plant section of TropicalFishKeeping. http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...um-part-34861/
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Old 02-12-2010, 11:18 AM   #18 
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Well, I decided to jump in with both feet. I went to my lfs and picked up some plants. Not quite sure what they are, but i like the color(an ID on the plant would be nice too) I still would like to get some java moss after reading up on it, but apparently it is like impossible to find :(


and now i pose the same question that i did at the start, enough hiding places?
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Old 02-12-2010, 12:27 PM   #19 
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I think your tank looks great! One of my boys had that bridge as well, but he compeletely ignores it! it depends on your betta.
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Old 02-12-2010, 12:34 PM   #20 
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The LFS didn't know what kind of plants they were selling?

You need to watch the plant very carefully.. sometimes you can buy a plant that isn't meant to be submerged and it will rot and possibly kill your fish. If you see the leaves starting to melt take it out.

You can get java moss of ebay and aquabid very cheaply.
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