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Old 01-11-2013, 06:32 PM   #1
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Any suggestions for High PH plants?


I'm thinking about rescaping my cardinal shrimp tank and they require high ph in the 7.5-8.0 range.

Any suggestions?
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:59 PM   #2
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From my understanding, anubias and various java ferns will do fine. As will many mosses.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:11 PM   #3
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I grow crypts, ferns, anubias and a variety of mosses in water that is basically liquid rock. Generally sitting at 8.2-8.4 pH and a rediculous TDS out of the tap.
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I grow crypts, ferns, anubias and a variety of mosses in water that is basically liquid rock. Generally sitting at 8.2-8.4 pH and a rediculous TDS out of the tap.
Thanks looks like it's a limited selection for high PH.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:44 PM   #5
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That's just a list of what I have personal experience growing in high pH. I have also grown lilaeopsis successefully. I think a number of plants will tolerate high pH, even though they are listed as preferring lower ranges. I am guessing you won't be as limited as you think, with a bit of research.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:50 PM   #6
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My tap is 8.2 ph...I grow several mosses, taiwan, java, fissidens. Rotolas, ludwigia, water sprite, water wisteria, crypts. So far the only ones that have been problematic have been java ferns but that maybe another param they dont like.Also have lilaeopsis, and dhg and a lily.
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I have super hard water (14+gH) at work and 8gH at home (ph at both places is 8 out of the tap) and I haven't noticed any difference in the plants that couldn't be attributed to other factors. But I only grow hardy low-tech plants with Excel and no Co2 so I suspect you might notice a difference with more demanding plants. I have various crypts, mosses, rotala rotundifolia, amazon frogbit, marsilea minuta, hydrocotyle tripartita, hygro, and of course anubias. Those are my work plants and they grow fine. So I wouldn't worry so much about pH unless EVERY other factor (light, CO2, ferts) is optimal and you're still having issues.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:22 PM   #8
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7.5-8ph is not difficult for most plants. You can grow anything except the pickiest of plants
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I have some marsilea minuta coming in for another tank but I'll have to give a couple of the leaves a try in the tank
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:03 AM   #10
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Most plants that require soft water are plants that need CO2 and high light, anyways.
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