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Old 04-05-2011, 11:28 AM   #1 
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Planted Tank Questions

I want to move Blu into a 5gal tank (http://www.petco.com/product/10313/Aqueon-Mini-Bow-Desktop-Aquarium-Kit-in-Black.aspx) and I wanted to know the following, since I am still new to the hobby:

1) Is this tank a good size to plant?
2) What are some good newbie plants to plant?
3) Is there a certain way I have to plant the plants? (Like in clay or dirt or what?)
4) How do I clean the tank once I do get it planted?

I am having a hard time finding all of this in one location on the internet and thus came here for help. >.<
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:43 AM   #2 
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That would be a lovely planted tank for a betta.
I have that tank in the 2.5 gallon.Don't use the incandescent light that comes with it though..It gets way too hot and I have read reviews about the light that comes with it melting the hood. florescent is better for live plants.
Something like this should work for plants..
http://www.petco.com/product/111942/...cent-Bulb.aspx

I almost picked up that tank in the 5 gallon but it was out of my price range.. I ended up getting a 5 gallon glass kit for pretty cheap at walmart though..it was around 27.00 dollars in store.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tetra-Aqua...-Pets/12177653

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hawkeye-5-...arium/14660258

Some of my favorite low maintenance plants are java moss attached to rocks, anubias, java fern, anacharis and wisteria. I hear marimo moss balls are very easy to take care of as well, they just need to be rolled around every now and then.
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:52 AM   #3 
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I agree with Littlebitty on plant choices and tanks. As far as cleaning goes, if you cycle the tank, then you only have to vacuum around the plant. If you don't, then just make them easy to take out. You can put them in little terracotta pots with their own gravel or tie them to big river rocks that you can get at Petco.
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:56 AM   #4 
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I have a 5 gallon tank which is cycled. I have java fern which is weighted down to rocks and bacopa & aquatic wisteria which are both planted in the gravel. My java fern has grown new leaves since I put it in and I really love how it looks. :)
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Old 04-05-2011, 12:14 PM   #5 
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How do you vacuum? http://www.petco.com/product/114922/...l-Cleaner.aspx <- looks rather confusing to use. >.<

For the plants, where is a good place to buy them? My LPS doesn't seem to carry real plants.
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Old 04-05-2011, 12:17 PM   #6 
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How do you vacuum? http://www.petco.com/product/114922/...l-Cleaner.aspx <- looks rather confusing to use. >.<
Vacuuming is easier than you might think. Check out this video on youtube. It's one of those things that you understand better after the first time you try it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sa_44...eature=related
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Old 04-05-2011, 12:21 PM   #7 
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Vacuuming is easier than you might think. Check out this video on youtube. It's one of those things that you understand better after the first time you try it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sa_44...eature=related
That looks really cool, but how would I do it if I didn't want to suck up the plants I had in there? And can I plant plants in gravel or does this work for clay or dirt too? >.<
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Old 04-05-2011, 12:25 PM   #8 
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I don't know about clay or soil because my tank has gravel. I did uproot a bacopa by accident with the vac and had to replant it. I just don't go too close to the plants with the vacuum.

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Old 04-05-2011, 12:27 PM   #9 
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Okay. So the last question is where to get plants if my lps doesn't have any.
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You can buy them online. Sweet aquatics is pretty good and aquabid. You can also get plants at petco or petsmart.
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