Hey guys, I'm new to this site and to aquariums in general. The unhelpful person at the pet store assured me all I needed was a bit of gravel and maybe some plant food for my eclipse 3 system. So I bought these things and put it all together this morning. Now, I've done a little research after the fact and discovered I may need more than gravel and plant food to keep these plants alive. I'm in love with it but I'm worried that it's all going to die now. Any advice?
The ribbon plant on left is a terrestrial plant and will rot. The sword may or may not be a terrestrial plant, depending if it is a brazilian sword or amazon. Either way, it'll get too large for your tank... The fern on the far right is terrestrial as well.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news!
Go back to petco and ask for your money back. The fact that they do this to people who don't know better makes me sooooo mad!
Sorry to break the news to ya' but I am pretty sure that all the plants in there are not aquatic plants. If you leave them in they will start to rot. I would suggest doing some research and getting diffrent plants from a diffrent source. Welcome to the PTF by the way!
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I actually regretted that I bought the Eclipse 6. Their light and filter are pretty crappy. The light is too low is grow any plants. The filter is taking half of the space which is hard to clean up and not let the light shine throughout the tank. I have to buy a new light and filter.
But I actually like the tank itself. Acrylic, pretty safe if we gonna have an earthquake.
Yes, tube plants from petco. This is pretty disappointing. I fished the packaging out of the trash and will be taking these back. I hope they take them back. The 3 gallon tank I have was a christmas present and I'm hoping it will work for something. I'll check out the swap and shop. Thanks for the advice everyone.
Not all tube plants from pet/co/mart are bad. I have found some small java fern and microswords which have given me good results. I usually take pictures or write down the scientific names and do a little research online before purchasing plants from big retail fish stores. Research is my advice, as you will save the most money and learn from the best on here.
I have heard of people successfully growing Java Fern and Anubias (I suggest Anubias petite in your case) in a bucket with only indirect sunlight. So, perhaps your tank's lighting would be enough for these plants? Mosses also tend to be able to sustain themselves with minimal lighting.