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Old 01-15-2011, 06:05 PM   #11 
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To find out which to root or liquid fert just google the name.
Java moss /Java fern liquid fert
Anacharis liquid fert
Amazon sword benefit from root & liquid fert
Hogwart liquid fert
Moss ball liquid fert (of course)

I dont know about plant bulbs,I just get live plants from LFS.
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Old 01-15-2011, 06:09 PM   #12 
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I have an apongeton from a plant bulb in the tank. It was the only bulb that sprouted but I think it was worth it as the plant is lovely and the pack of bulbs are only $3-4. I just have to cut off the flower stems that keep growing toward the surface. Apongetons tend to die off and become dormant after they bloom (I think; Im not taking any chances)

Root feeders are plants that grow roots in the substrate. Most sword plants are root feeders.
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Old 01-15-2011, 06:13 PM   #13 
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Thanks for all your great information. So basically I just set up the tank: gravel, water, heater, filter, stick the plants in, add some liquid or root fertilizer and I'm ready to go? How long should I wait to add my betta and ghost shrimp? (Like I said, I've never cycled a tank) Could I set this tank up without cycling?
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Old 01-15-2011, 06:43 PM   #14 
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You could do a fish in cycle. With only one betta in 10 gallons of water, the ammonia spike shouldn't hurt the fish so long as you do the water changes. I suggest you do 2 50% WC a week until your tank is cycled.
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Old 01-15-2011, 07:08 PM   #15 
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Totally agree with Alex09,a 10G with only 1 fish and with live plants = very low bioload and easy to cycle.The shrimp may be a bit too sensitive though for the first couple of weeks,it depends on how many plants/shrimps.

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Old 01-15-2011, 07:14 PM   #16 
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Yay! I am so excited to get this started! I can't thank you guys enough for your great advice! Is there anything else I need to know before I get started? Oh what brand of liquid fertilizer and root "food" is best?

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Old 01-15-2011, 07:59 PM   #17 
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API root tabs are good. As for liquid ferts, any cheap one will work. Just make sure it has iron which some plants like. API's LeafZone and Kent's come to mind. Kent is much more concentrated. One tsp for 50 gals. API is one tsp for 10 gal. API is easier to dose but Kent's lasts longer. Your choice.
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Old 01-15-2011, 08:29 PM   #18 
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Great, thanks again! I really appreciate it :)
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