Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 03-30-2005, 06:49 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
pitt420dude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Pittsburgh! Home of the 6 Time Superbowl Champs!
Posts: 1,048
Send a message via AIM to pitt420dude
Easiest Plants to Grow?

What the easiest plants to grow? I have a gravel substrate and actinius lighitng. I would love just one or two hardy plants that I woulnt have to fertilize or mess with, but would just grow strong naturally on its own. Does driftwood help plants grow?
__________________

__________________
Thank you so much for all your help. I'm back into the hobby with a new vigor!

LOOK! A NEW LEAF!!!!!
pitt420dude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2005, 07:05 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
severum mama's Avatar


 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: GA
Posts: 10,297
If you want some really easy plants, go with java fern and anubias. I have a super crappy light strip on both my planted tanks, and I keep java ferns, anubias nana, and anubias barteri with no problems. You can attach java ferns to driftwood by clipping the roots and tying the plant to the wood, and in a few weeks the plants will attach to the wood and you can cut the string off.
__________________

severum mama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2005, 08:23 PM   #3
AA Team Emeritus
 
An t-iasg's Avatar


 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Criders Corners, PA
Posts: 9,889
Moving to Planted Tank forum.

Java moss, java fern, anubias, and cryptocorynes will work well in a low-light tank. I have these plants with 1.5 WPG of light. You could tie the java fern to the driftwood like severum mama suggested. I had some tied to a rock.

I think actinic lighting is just for reef tanks. I think this light is too strong for FW plants. Malkore will know for sure since he has planted tanks and a SW tank.
__________________







An t-iasg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-30-2005, 11:08 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Nebraska, USA
Posts: 6,703
actinic lighting isn't good for plants. It doesn't provide a full spectrum. need to swap out the bulb.
__________________
Former advisor and planted tank geek...life's moved on though.
malkore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2005, 12:00 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
pitt420dude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Pittsburgh! Home of the 6 Time Superbowl Champs!
Posts: 1,048
Send a message via AIM to pitt420dude
so can i just use the actinius lighting? Is it necessary for the java fern or other hardy plants to grow to have light, there is some indirect sunlight shining in the tank.
__________________
Thank you so much for all your help. I'm back into the hobby with a new vigor!

LOOK! A NEW LEAF!!!!!
pitt420dude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2005, 12:52 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: NY
Posts: 197
Send a message via AIM to kagentx
adding to what malkore said, actinic bulbs promotes algae growth and plants do not benefit from them. Just spent $12 on a daylight bulb of 6700 K.
__________________
kagentx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2005, 12:53 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Corona Ca.
Posts: 515
I have had good luck with water wysteria. I need to trim it weekly.
__________________
Doran Hayes
BASSNMAN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2005, 07:34 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Columbus Ohio USA
Posts: 1,182
Send a message via AIM to mitche8359
Here's some plants I wrote down when I started with plants.

Low Light
java moss
java fern
(Microsorium pteropus)
Anubias barteri
Elodea densa (Anacharis)
Cabomba caroliniana
(Cabomba)
Riccia Fluitan
Echinodorus tenellus (Pygmy Chain Sword)
__________________
Tom

55 gal fresh - planted 2wpg ~ Eheim eco filter ~ south american theme
java moss - misc anubia - amazon sword - Red rubin sword - tennellus chain swords
4 ottos, 1 pleco, 3 high fin white tetras, 3 Black Phantom Tetras, 1 high fin black tetra, 1 black tetra, 2 diamond tetras, 3 yoyos


Join the Ohio Regional Forum and share information with local enthusiasts
Vote for Aquarium Advice Today
mitche8359 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2005, 09:13 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Nebraska, USA
Posts: 6,703
No, as I already said, you need to change out at least 1 actinic bulb for a plant type bulb (anything from 5000-10000K...I recommend something around 6700K).

Contrary to some rumors, actinic light doesn't necessarily promote algae.
However algae is an opportunistic organism. if you have a nutrient imbalance, and extra actinic lighting, your algae bloom is going to occur much faster.
__________________
Former advisor and planted tank geek...life's moved on though.
malkore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2005, 05:59 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Cary NC USA
Posts: 669
Send a message via Yahoo to swanandmokashi
Get aponogeton/tiger lily lotus from wal-mart. I have 0.5 Watts/Gallon 8O 8O and they do quite well in there
__________________
55 Gallon FW,Eco-complete Substrate
Equipment : In-line heater, RENA XP3 filter, 130 Watts Fluroscent
Plants - x Cryptocoryne wendtii brown
Fish : 10 Tiger Barbs, 2 Blue German Rams, 2 Bolivian Rams, 1 Rainbow shark
swanandmokashi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2005, 04:34 AM   #11
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
pitt420dude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Pittsburgh! Home of the 6 Time Superbowl Champs!
Posts: 1,048
Send a message via AIM to pitt420dude
Thanks but I think I am buying the GE 9325 that Rex Grigg recommended in his article about planted tanks. I am wondering about my substrate though, I am not even really sure what it is but it is a fairly coarse gravel. How do i tell if it is coated or uncoated? IS it necessary to rip up my tank to install different substrate or mix in additional flourite (i read seachems is the best?)???
__________________

__________________
Thank you so much for all your help. I'm back into the hobby with a new vigor!

LOOK! A NEW LEAF!!!!!
pitt420dude is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
plant, plants

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Help! Plants Won't Grow itafx Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 8 11-30-2007 09:54 PM
Which of these plants is easiest? cinnastix911 Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 4 07-31-2007 08:49 AM
Plants that Grow Well Under 2.25 WPG LindaC Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 13 03-05-2007 08:11 PM
Which plants pearl the easiest? evercl92 Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 5 10-09-2006 10:48 PM
Plants that grow on rock??? Musket Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 5 04-08-2006 06:12 AM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:02 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.