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Old 11-06-2011, 02:53 AM   #1 
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Plant and rocks for sorority tank? :3

Hello all! My B-day is in a few days and I want some new plants for my sorority tank as my gift. Right now I have some polished rocks and fake plants :/ My girls are being quarantined for a week and a half which should give me plenty of time to set up the tank ( as in decorate ). I would like to get some kind of floaty plants since my aq light isnt strong enough to penetrate the bottom. I got $30 worth of bottom plants, but they died :( I like those little water cabbage looking things and im in love with these tiny little floating leaf thingies I see thousands of in ponds. ( IDK what they are called! ) I also wanna add in rocks but im scared some will make the water too hard or acidic. If anyone knows some good plants and rocks, lemme know! Oh yes, I also wanna know how effective live plants take place in cycling with sororities! I know it takes 2 weeks to cycle, plants remove toxins, but is there a significant difference that effects their health and water chemisty? I noticed when all my plants died or got taken out, I lost 2 fish. :O thank you for reading!
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Old 11-06-2011, 04:04 AM   #2 
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A couple plants like Anubius or Bronze Wendtii are ok in low light conditions.

Both require fine gravel to coarse sand soils in the bottom and will thrive well with about an inch and a half of substrate. If you want to mix them densely you need just a bit over two inches of substrate, the wendtii will root deep and the anubias will run tubers across just under the surface.

Any floating plant will need a fairly high amount of light, it would be worth checking to see if you can get a brighter lamp or simply to get a desk lamp you can shine in on the plants. LED or fluorescent light desk lamp would be fine for this.

Remember to slope up from one inch of substrate towards your plants at two inches to reduce dead space in the substrate.
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Old 11-06-2011, 08:38 PM   #3 
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Hello all! My B-day is in a few days and I want some new plants for my sorority tank as my gift. Right now I have some polished rocks and fake plants :/ My girls are being quarantined for a week and a half which should give me plenty of time to set up the tank ( as in decorate ). I would like to get some kind of floaty plants since my aq light isnt strong enough to penetrate the bottom. I got $30 worth of bottom plants, but they died :( I like those little water cabbage looking things and im in love with these tiny little floating leaf thingies I see thousands of in ponds. ( IDK what they are called! ) I also wanna add in rocks but im scared some will make the water too hard or acidic. If anyone knows some good plants and rocks, lemme know! Oh yes, I also wanna know how effective live plants take place in cycling with sororities! I know it takes 2 weeks to cycle, plants remove toxins, but is there a significant difference that effects their health and water chemisty? I noticed when all my plants died or got taken out, I lost 2 fish. :O thank you for reading!
Good luck with the sorority! They are the best. :)

If you are looking for some low-light plants, crypts are good. Also look at anubias, java fern and java moss. I've also found elodea/anacharis grows well even in very low-light.
The little leaf-things that float on top are probably duckweed (so named because it really is a weed). It will grow faster than you can chuck the darn stuff out, but it is attractive and provides a nice cover for your bettas. :) Mine has so far thrived in any light conditions it can find. Where I have water, I have duckweed.
In general, it takes a lot longer to cycle a tank than 2 weeks. Up to 6 weeks is not uncommon, although the process will be quicker with plants. How much quicker depends on what plants you have and how many. OldFishLady is the expert there.

What type of look do you want with the rocks? If you like the look of tumbled river rocks, that's good because they shouldn't have any effect. Lava rock should also be fine, but Texas Holey Rock and limestone will have an effect. Always check rocks in a seperate tank first. :)
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