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02-08-2014 12:59 PM
artemis
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Originally Posted by robinss View Post
Thanks Artemas...I read once that the plants couldn't take the hardness.
Naturally hard, alkaline water occurs in some lakes and streams, and plants grow in it. Plants, like fish, have evolved to fit nearly every niche. The trick is to find the plants that like your local water conditions.

Back when I was using 100% unsoftened tap water, I had great success with Amazon swords. Anubias species, Vallisneria, some Cryptocoryne species, Java moss, Java fern, many stem plants (especially water sprite), hornwort, frogbit, and (of course) duckweed. About the only thing I couldn't get to grow was Sagittara species. So don't worry, you'll have a lot of notices!

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I am surprised at how few LFS are mentioned here in Omaha. We used to have more. Big box stores must be pushing them out.
I'm afraid that's exactly what's happening - and all over the country, not just here in Omaha. Local fish stores have small margins, and the big box places pull too much needed business away.
02-08-2014 12:58 AM
ua hua Welcome to TPT. There's a few Nebraskans on here but there's just not much for planted tank hobbyists to choose from in the LFS so this is where I get 99%!of my plants from. There use to be quite a few decent stores in the Omaha area but just like everywhere else the big box stores are pushing the out. If your old enough you might remember a store called The Fish Bowl that was in Omaha but that was many moons ago. If you haven't heard of it then that just shows how old I am. As for the hard water, that's not that big of an issue. You will be able to keep most of the plants except for a few that like lower kH. I solved that by switching to Aquasoil. Again welcome to the forum and its nice to see more fellow Nebraskans involved in this side of the hobby.
02-08-2014 12:10 AM
robinss
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Thanks Artemas...I read once that the plants couldn't take the hardness. I am thinking I might buy LED...but the lighting talk is too much for me...

I am surprised at how few LFS are mentioned here in Omaha. We used to have more. Big box stores must be pushing them out.
02-07-2014 07:26 PM
artemis Don't be too discouraged by our hard, alkaline tap water, robinss. When I was using 100% tap water, my plants did fabulously. (Then I made the mistake of adding a water softener charged with KCl to my house... Tank hasn't been the same since.)

As for lights and CO2, you'll have to do some experimentation to find out what works best for you. I find a low-light, no CO2 approach is best for my tank. I'm currently using an old CoraLife 36" CF fixture over my tank, with a 10,000K bulb, but am considering switching over to LED lighting eventually.
02-07-2014 06:34 PM
robinss Hi from Omaha...Good to see some Nebraskans on here. I am new to the planted side of fishkeeping. Since you are from NE you will know what I mean when I say the water is hard and alkaline. This discouraged me from doing a planted tank at all. I want to set up a planted 20 gallon regular. Any advice for the beginner regarding lights and CO2? There is so much out there info wise and differing opinions and techniques. I need a Nebraska Planted Tank for Dummies tutor.
04-18-2013 06:35 AM
steven p
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Originally Posted by ua hua View Post
That just about sums it up for what we have for LFS in Nebraska. Nebraska Aquatic Supply used to have a decent plant selection but last month when I went there I was really disappointed that their plant selection looked like the stuff you can find at the big box stores. Fish Freaks is a nice place if your into cichlids as they have quite the selection.
Forgive me here, but the last time I was in Fish Freaks... My buddy was like, "hey, are these piranhas?" I looked over and saw "Piranrah." I asked a kid if they were red bellies, he told me yes and I told him he couldn't spell.

NAS is getting sad and skeevy....

Aqua Pets has been getting better. The first time I went in (year+ ago,)immediately knew I wasn't going back in. Well.. I was wrong, came back on a fellow fish keepers suggestion. Lots more selection, lots of plants all over the non-cichlid side of the freshwater section. They use super soft ro water, so be prepared to drip acclimate everything if you use tap. I got orange neos from them in water with a tea of 42ppm.

The Fish Store in Lincoln... Had a butterfly fish once...
04-18-2013 03:29 AM
ua hua
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Originally Posted by artemis View Post
There are two I can recommend: Nebraska Aquatic Supply and Fish Freaks.
That just about sums it up for what we have for LFS in Nebraska. Nebraska Aquatic Supply used to have a decent plant selection but last month when I went there I was really disappointed that their plant selection looked like the stuff you can find at the big box stores. Fish Freaks is a nice place if your into cichlids as they have quite the selection.
04-17-2013 02:56 PM
artemis
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Originally Posted by m3177o View Post
im going to fly to omaha couple time this summer. does anyone know of some good LFS to check out when im there?
There are two I can recommend: Nebraska Aquatic Supply and Fish Freaks.
04-14-2013 03:41 AM
m3177o im going to fly to omaha couple time this summer. does anyone know of some good LFS to check out when im there?
06-01-2011 05:07 AM
Hannothan I'm in Lincoln. Good to see there are a few of us out there that use this forum
05-02-2011 01:53 PM
jake Raised in NE and recently moved back. Go Huskers!
04-26-2011 01:05 AM
skerzfan Another Nebraskan here. Started my first planted tank a little over a month ago. I've got a lot to learn, but it's been fun. Uploaded a profile today, check it out. Some plants growing like crazy, some not so much, LOL.
04-19-2011 01:34 AM
awesomeroar ya elliot right here lincoln baby. go huskers!!!
10-08-2010 08:03 PM
Elliot Hi there fellow nebraskans.
Anyone in Lincoln?
10-05-2010 11:36 PM
hellomyradio I am also a new Nebraskan. We just moved here from Fargo, ND area. Shorter Winters! Yay!

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