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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-17-2007, 03:41 AM Thread Starter
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how often water need to change?

Hi i am new here n new to planted aquarium, so i decide to start with a small one.

i am going to buy all the stuff tomorrow, but i still not sure what type n watt light i need to get?

pls advise THANKS!

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-17-2007, 03:50 AM
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Coralife 2x18w fixtures are approx. that size I think.
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Coralife 2x18w fixtures are approx. that size I think.
+1 for the coralife fixture

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thanks alot!
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ok yesterday i went n bought some plant for my nano tank, but most of the plants do not hv root. the shop tied a few of them together, so i just palnt it the whole thing, but my tank looks sooo messy.

can i plant them one by one even no root???





those plant at the back (not sure the name) can i cut it half, 1 become 2 to plant them?
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The stem plants you have can be planted 1 by 1 and will soon form their own roots. They're just cuttings from the tops of parent plants, but will establish themselves with time. For the moment, though, I would refrain from cutting them in half, as they are already stressed, and shouldn't be put under any more duress. When they grow and are ready to be trimmed, then feel free to propogate them.

On a side note, that grassy plant you have on the side is called Mondo, which happens to be a semi-aquatic. Unfortunately, it will soon die and rot in your aquarium. You should cosider replacing it with a true aquatic grass like hairgrass or micro sword. Good luck!!!
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Agrippa,

Thanks alot for ur advise!!

ok tonight i will open all of them up n plant one by one n not cuting them

ah the Mando will die soon that is an expensive one aik... ok then i will get some others to replace it... maybe micro sword, cos i already have the grass those on the woodn stone, which will grow all on the gound (hopefully) so hairgrass maybe will mix up with those?
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redo..

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Well what you have on the right top part is a plant called Hornwort. The needly one. It actually grows NO roots but you can plant it. The plant is a very good sponge to start a tank, but you will probably get rid of it for a more manageable small plant or keep it in a bucket for later use. I keep it in a bucket for later use such as setting up a new tank or to improve water quality of a crappy looking tank.

When you take your picture, you might want to not use the flash. Wait until the room gets dark, then use a tripod if you must.
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hi sandiegoryu,

thanks for ur advice, u mean the right top [lant can improve water quality?? sorry for stupid questions..

keep it in bucket? do i need to add anything in the bucket too? or it can grow just like that in emply bucket?

ok i try to take the photo again tonight...

when i will need to put fertilizer?
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here photos with out flash!











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Well I keep my plant in a 1 gallon tank that I found and I have no light at all. Just ambient light from the window. And I keep snails in there which I never feed, and the water level is about half way because of lack of filling to the top. I sometimes put my water changing water in there as well.

Miraculousy the snails and plant live! I also stuck a cherry shrimp in there and its alive too... Strange creatures.

And yes I meant that the plant can help improve water quality. Of course all plants do that but this one does it better and faster.

And it seems you moved the plants more. And don't you think the photos look better without flash :-D.

And I can't answer your question for when to add fertilizer. I started dosing right from the start though. Someone more expert can answer it for you.

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You tank looks very good. Especially for a first timer and a 1 gallon But I think the roots of that semi-aquatic plants are dying. I would remove it if I were you.

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Well I keep my plant in a 1 gallon tank that I found and I have no light at all. Just ambient light from the window. And I keep snails in there which I never feed, and the water level is about half way because of lack of filling to the top. I sometimes put my water changing water in there as well.

Miraculousy the snails and plant live! I also stuck a cherry shrimp in there and its alive too... Strange creatures.

And yes I meant that the plant can help improve water quality. Of course all plants do that but this one does it better and faster.

And it seems you moved the plants more. And don't you think the photos look better without flash :-D.

And I can't answer your question for when to add fertilizer. I started dosing right from the start though. Someone more expert can answer it for you.

Good luck!

yes without flash is sooo much better n nicer!! thanks alot for ur tips!!!

yes i move them again.. its my 1st time.. really no idea how to place them to looks better.. aik.... but i am more happy with it now.. hope this is the last move... poor plant suffer so much.
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You tank looks very good. Especially for a first timer and a 1 gallon But I think the roots of that semi-aquatic plants are dying. I would remove it if I were you.
ah so soon dying??? i just bought it on sunday
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