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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-17-2010, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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My first attempt at a planted tank ^^

Tank: Tetra Aquarium Cube Tank, 1.5 Gallons
Heating: None
Filter: Hagen Elite Mini
Substrate: Basic black aquarium gravel
Scape: Top Fin brand driftwood, smooth river rock
Flora: Dracaena variegatus, Trichomanes javanicum, Anubias nana, Cladophora aegagropila
Fauna: not yet, but hoping to get some crystal red shrimp, and maybe a mystery snail.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-17-2010, 10:15 PM
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Looks good so far What lighting are you using? Are you just using the LED light that comes with that tank? If you are, it probably won't be enough light for your plants. I have the same tank sitting at home, but I haven't done anything with it because I haven't found a way to upgrade the lighting.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-17-2010, 10:17 PM
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Welcome to TPT!

I hate to tell you this, but you've got some non-aquatic plants in there that will just die if you keep them submerged; Dracanea and the Borneo fern both can be grown with just roots in the water, but not the whole plant. Both would probably do better potted as regular houseplants.

The Anubias also needs to be pulled up out of the substrate so its rhizome (the thick green "root" that the leaves and white roots are growing out of) is above the substrate and exposed to light; otherwise it will rot and the plant will die. It would do well tied onto that driftwood, too- it's a plant that doesn't have to be down in the substrate at all.

I'd keep an eye out for perhaps a Crypt to replace that Dracanea and some Bolbitus to replace the Borneo fern; these will give you similar looks but are true aquatic plants and so you'll have much better luck with them.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-17-2010, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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No, I'm not using the LED that came with the tank. I am using a clip lamp with a plant bulb.

I'll keep an eye out for the plants, they are sold submerged, so I thought they would be okay. :/

I'll take a look at those plants you mentioned, and maybe I can order them online! ^^
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