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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-14-2010, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
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3 gallon eclipse update

I had this eclispe 3 gallon sitting around for awhile, so I decided to set it up at work. I got my hardscape, flourinte and went to buy some plants. Well here is where I screwed up. The lady at the LFS told me that she would give me a deal on theses plants and that they were easy to take care of. Being the newb that I am I believed her. Turns out one of them is not truly aquatic and they can be difficult to care for. I planned on ownly using stock lighting and Excel. Should I ditch these diffcult plants and start over or should I see how it goes?



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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-14-2010, 02:06 AM
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If "difficult" is synonymous with "non-aquatic" as you mentioned, then I would simply throw away the plants (or you could always grow them as a nice house plant, if they are true non-aquatics).

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judging from the picture it looks like you have crypts and lebelia cardinalis. I personaly have kept them in low light and no CO2. They are true aquatc. The crypt may melt initially but it will bounce back. BTW did you buy them at Tong's since you are in Whittier? Come to the SCAPE meeting this Sunday and get great deals on some nice plants. Plus good advise.

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Thanks guys for the response. I relize now that I was rushing it and should of slowed down. I could of done a much better job with the scape and picking better plants.


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The long-leaved plants are definitely Crypts and should do just fine.

If the small round leaved plants are Lobelia cardinalis they're also probably fine. I can't quite tell if that's what it is or not, though...

I keep both of these plants in my own low tech non CO2-injected tanks. The Lobelia does like its light, though.

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Update

Changed a few things around. Not sure for good or bad.


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correct me if i'm wrong but aren't cardinals a marginal plant that is more suited to a bog habitat?

I was always told that they weren't great in an aquarium because they rotted, thats why we don't sell them at the shop...

just my 2 cents, but also a question lol
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correct me if i'm wrong but aren't cardinals a marginal plant that is more suited to a bog habitat?

I was always told that they weren't great in an aquarium because they rotted, thats why we don't sell them at the shop...

just my 2 cents, but also a question lol
Thats what I had read. But some people say they do just fine. So I guess I will let them be until it is problem.
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Cardinals has grown well for me in and out of water. Lobelia should be kept in the foreground though. maybe get some stems for the back.

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Well the tank is doing well. Stock everything.







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Looks great!!! Looks like you also added some Anubias. These should be attached to some rock or wood and not planted directly into the substrate.

Also the moss can be trimmed with scissors.

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