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03-14-2019 10:45 PM
RussellTheShihTzu You can also anchor Anubias and Java Fern with plant weights. I love these:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/29297774621...m=292977746210

And, if you bought the 12" Stingray you can use it on a 5.5 gallon and not need to upgrade to the 16" model. I know this because I did it. But do get a timer and set the light for eight hours a day.

You can also add Subwassertang and/or Java Moss to give "punch" to your tank. Both will either float or sink. Substrate is unnecessary to grow nice plants...even rooted ones. I have several friends on my FB group that have bare-bottom tanks and successfully grow any number of species of "rooted" plants. I'll see if I can find the photos. Think they are on the other laptop.
03-14-2019 07:07 PM
Old Dog 59
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This is all great advice, thanks! The only thing I'm lacking right now is substrate, but my research suggests that the plants I'm looking at- anubias and possibly java fern- can be grown without being rooted in a substrate, so I'm hoping that's true because I won't be able to get dirt or sand in my tank until after I come home at the end of the semester. But it is something I want to look into when I get the chance, I've never had a dirted tank so it'll be a fun thing to explore. :)
You are correct Java fern and Anubis do not need substrate to grow in. instead of floating them you can use superglue and glue them to driftwood or rock. You could also do it the old fashion way and use lite thread, and tie them on the same rock or driftwood until the roots affix them to either.

A dirt tank is a lot of fun so you do have something to look forward to.
03-14-2019 12:20 PM
Rana This is all great advice, thanks! The only thing I'm lacking right now is substrate, but my research suggests that the plants I'm looking at- anubias and possibly java fern- can be grown without being rooted in a substrate, so I'm hoping that's true because I won't be able to get dirt or sand in my tank until after I come home at the end of the semester. But it is something I want to look into when I get the chance, I've never had a dirted tank so it'll be a fun thing to explore. :)
03-14-2019 09:25 AM
Old Dog 59 The necessary things you need to make any aquarium successful, happy and healthy plants and fish are these.

1. No matter how big the tank, water quality. Testing and water changes.

2. If your tank is planted no matter how heavy. Substrate, weather it be sand or Fluorite or any brand in between. Needs to have the nutrients to sustain plants.

3. Lighting is required for all living plants. There are 5 types of lighting. Low light, low to medium light, medium light, medium to high lighting, and last but not least, High light. Different plants have different light requirements. Know what plants need what type.

4. Filtration, every tank needs a filter weather it be a sponge filter, HOB 3-4 stage filter, canister filter (depending on the tank size. ) I would recommend at very least the filter be rated at least 5 times the tank amount of water per hour. I always over filter my tanks mainly because I over crowd the tanks with fish knowingly.Because experience is on my side.

5. Heater. recommended an adjustable heater that can be set to temp. required for the fish in the tank. Also one that has a shutdown built in so the temp never goes into the danger level.

6. Always, before buying any tank know what you have for space requirements so you know what type of tank will fit your needs. Know what fish you want in the tank and know what their needs are. Same with plants. If the research is not done to insure the health of the plants, fish and overall health of the tank, You set your self up to fail. Don't fail Read, ask questions, and ask again until you are sure of your success.

Years ago when there was no internet Us old guys did trial and error. Believe me it not only cost money but also the lives of the fish we were responsible for. With the forum, and the internet You have no excuse not to have the best information available.

Take the advise of the Old guys because we've been there. Every one here has their own opinions and the way they do things. Then there are others that parrot the information they have heard. Information is information Good or bad, Do the research Know what your getting into.
03-14-2019 12:04 AM
Zeroblaze As an addition to lights, you may wanna use aquarium soil/substrate such as ADA Amazonia or Fluval Stratum.
03-13-2019 02:42 PM
mg7454 Hi Rana!
Please do not over-look Hornwort! It is a beautiful plant that floats freely in the tank and oxygenates and cleans the water. Enjoy your tank!
03-13-2019 10:29 AM
Ma Betta Great. Can't wait to see the results!

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I did think about doing something like that! I have a plant bulb that I use for my terrestrial plants (part of the reason I want to try aquatics again is that I've gotten my African Violet to not just survive but to bloom, yay) and I was considering just putting it over my tank, but I decided I wanted something with less of a spotlight effect. I actually just ordered the Stingray last night so hopefully I can get this project rocking and rolling soon. :)
03-13-2019 09:39 AM
Rana I did think about doing something like that! I have a plant bulb that I use for my terrestrial plants (part of the reason I want to try aquatics again is that I've gotten my African Violet to not just survive but to bloom, yay) and I was considering just putting it over my tank, but I decided I wanted something with less of a spotlight effect. I actually just ordered the Stingray last night so hopefully I can get this project rocking and rolling soon. :)
03-12-2019 06:25 PM
Ma Betta I went to Home Depot and got a full spectrum light bulb and a heat lamp fixture. I know it might not be as attractive but if you are looking for great grow light for your aquarium plants at a lower cost. I killed dwarf water lettuce myself, but now they are growing great. It's bright enough to light both 5.5 gallon tanks. See pics.


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If I got a light like this- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00X84LNS8 - would I be able to grow a low-light plant in my 3g tank? Or would it probably not be strong enough/the right spectrum/etc. Historically I have been a miserable failure at planted tanks (I have killed duckweed on two separate occasions) but I keep wanting to try, and the fact that this light is submersible is a neat gimmick that I like.

And if that is an okay enough light, or if there's a better light that's not too much more expensive, what sorts of plants could I have with it? Would I really need anything like fertilizers or dirt substrate or is that only for if you're hoping for lots of growth?
03-06-2019 08:23 AM
Rana I'm definitely not married to having that particular light, I mostly just liked the price (heh) and the fact that it's waterproof, which is nice for someone clumsy like me. But I think I can see more benefits with upgrading to the Stingray, so I'm going to wait for my next payday and splurge on that one.

I was planning to use gravel, since I already have it and it's easy to clean up, but when I move back home and get the tank set up more permanently I will definitely consider switching substrates. I've never had anything but either gravel or bare bottoms, so it'll be an experience if I try dirt or sand or whatnot. :)

Looks like anubias is going to be at the top of the list for plants! And a bottle of fertilizer. Thanks for your advice, guys.
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