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Old 07-02-2013, 12:36 AM   #1
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Good things and bad thing about tank with plants? Or fully planted tanks?
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:39 AM   #2
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Well, the only thing I find bad:

More expensive than plastic plants, need special light and sometimes liquid ferts, root tabs, special substrate etc..
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Look very nice, very natural, awesome, helps reduce ammonia, nitrates, helps maintain water cleaner, I personally love live plants, no more plastic plants ever for me
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:39 AM   #3
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Nothing bad at all. They look amazing. Plant benefit tanks and most fish love em
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:51 AM   #4
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Maybe I do plant a 10-15G tank.

Which plant do you recommend? One That looks nice and don't grow to much..
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:53 AM   #5
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Java fern, java moss, swords are all great low light plants but will thrive with better light
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I would put a amazon sword, Anubias nana, anacharis, and Marimo moss balls
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:11 AM   #7
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An amazon sword will eventually fill up a 10g tank mine is taking up almost 1/2 of mine and I've only had it a few months.
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:14 AM   #8
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But I can trimer it down right ? Cut it?
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:15 AM   #9
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Yes. You can also split it to grow 2 plants then 4 them 8 and so on
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Nice. Thanks for the advice! I will share photos when I do it!
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Old 07-02-2013, 01:51 AM   #11
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Make sure your plants dont have snails or anything. Your tank can become snail infected
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Eh, not a huge problem IME.
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Yea make sure no snails!
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Good things and bad thing about tank with plants? Or fully planted tanks?
When getting started with planted tanks I'd recommend just starting with a low light/low tech approach. This approach can be done with inexpensive light setups (often just a matter of replacing your bulbs with a different type), simple fertilizers, and very generic substrates (gravel, sand, or none at all, for example). In the beginning I'd just google (and check out your LFSs) "low light aquarium plants" and start compiling a list of possible plants you might like to keep, then begin researching these plants online and also on AA's forums (Gen Disc and Planted Tanks sections). You also may want to post a picture of your current lighting system so we can give you a good idea of what you're working with and what you might need to do to upgrade it.

The most important thing to know when you're thinking of going down this path is that you can have a very lush and beautiful planted tank without a ton of work/money, or you can have a lush and beautiful planted tank with very expensive hardware and TONS of work. Both are extremely rewarding and addictive in their own ways.

Just a note: snails are perfectly natural and beneficial in planted tanks as they help eat decaying plant matter. Snail explosions typically arise due to overfeeding so don't fret if you discover a hitchhiker or two when the time comes.

Good luck and keep us posted!
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And I just plant the tank before get any fish right ?


I heard that it's better if I have the tank running already with fish To have nitrates etc. it's that true?
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I think they are just awesome pretty and amazing...I would never do a tank with fake plants
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When getting started with planted tanks I'd recommend just starting with a low light/low tech approach. This approach can be done with inexpensive light setups (often just a matter of replacing your bulbs with a different type), simple fertilizers, and very generic substrates (gravel, sand, or none at all, for example). In the beginning I'd just google (and check out your LFSs) "low light aquarium plants" and start compiling a list of possible plants you might like to keep, then begin researching these plants online and also on AA's forums (Gen Disc and Planted Tanks sections). You also may want to post a picture of your current lighting system so we can give you a good idea of what you're working with and what you might need to do to upgrade it.

The most important thing to know when you're thinking of going down this path is that you can have a very lush and beautiful planted tank without a ton of work/money, or you can have a lush and beautiful planted tank with very expensive hardware and TONS of work. Both are extremely rewarding and addictive in their own ways.

Just a note: snails are perfectly natural and beneficial in planted tanks as they help eat decaying plant matter. Snail explosions typically arise due to overfeeding so don't fret if you discover a hitchhiker or two when the time comes.

Good luck and keep us posted!


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