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Old 02-09-2011, 01:40 PM   #1
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Looking for plants and info on what type of plants are best

Like I said My girlfriend and I have discovered the awesome hobby of having an aquarium so we went out and bought a 20 gallon tank to see if we could do it. So I thought I'd come here to see what type of plants would be best for us as beginners..help anyone?
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Old 02-09-2011, 05:18 PM   #2
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First, what kind of lighting do you have? That's usually the limiting factor for beginners.
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Guy at petco said the light that came with the hood would suffice.
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Chances are the guy at Petco has no idea what he's talking about. I honestly think most of them make it up as they go. Every once in a while you find a good fish person in the big box store, but it's rare.

Chances are you have a 24" single fluorescent T8 bulb rated at 20W. On a 20g, this might be enough light to keep low-light plants like java fern, java moss, anubias, vals, and most crypts going.
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Wow Bigjim your right that's exactly what I have. Ha! So were can I find these type of plants bc all the pet shops around here sell only I think they called it a banana plant and bamboo stalks.

We really love our tank. We've kinda made it our little project it's so much fun!!
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Old 02-09-2011, 06:19 PM   #6
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The Petco by me carries some crypts. You can find anubias nana in those little tubes with the gel. I got my java fern and java moss on eBay pretty cheaply. If you're patient, both of these plants will reproduce rather quickly. The java fern I got about a year ago with three leaves is the size of a volleyball and has put out tons of babies, about a dozen of which I've got attached to driftwood in a couple tanks.

There's always online retailer too. I've heard good things about aquariumplants.com and sweetaquatic.com. Sometimes people post plants for sale in the Classifieds or Barter/Trade forum here too.
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