I'm somewhat new to the planted tank world, but being a botanist by trade, it's an area in which I'd like to (need to?) excel. Several aquarium plants are considered basal in the evolution of plants, so I'd like to have a nice spread. I'd love to have some really cool aquarium plants.
Before Thanksgiving, I purchased some live plants from the LFS
, only to be inundated with pond snails. Aside from growing plants from bulbs, is there any way to get living plants that aren't infested?
I currently have two 10-gallon tanks for my bettas, Jerry and Bayard. I can get Aponogeton boivivianus
to grow like gangbusters. The Ceratophyllum
is taking a hit, and I can't get any Nymphaea
bulbs to grow at all.
The temperatures in the tank range from 76-82 degrees. I wish I could be more specific about the lighting, other than the bulbs I have are the "plant growing" bulbs sold in the Wal-Mart fish section.
I would like to have more than just the Aponogeton
in each tank. As Jerry and Bayard are my priorities, I'd like to have some variety that will work with their needs. I don't want to change the tanks too much just to suit the plants. Also, I'm a graduate student, so I don't have a lot of time to devote to this. I just want what's best for the fish.
Any ideas? Does anyone here have snail-free plants for sale? Would anyone like my extra snails?