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Old 08-02-2013, 02:27 AM   #16
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1-2 low, 3-4 med, 5+ high

Is what I thought but im still learning...
I've always heard 1 low, 2-3 med, 4+ high. As far as the old school method is concerned.. I may have missed the memo update. I can't keep up with all the different methods. I just know if you light it and feed it, they will grow.
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that's what i'm hoping my plants' agenda is. absorb eat and grow!
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Old 08-02-2013, 02:39 AM   #18
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that's what i'm hoping my plants' agenda is. absorb eat and grow!
I think it all depends on the method behind your madness.. A fish tank that has nice plants.. Or an aquascape that has fish. That's where the difference is, there is no one correct way to do things, it's about finding a way that works for you and what you want. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 08-02-2013, 02:56 AM   #19
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i'm a fish tank with nice plants definitely. i have the plants to make the aquarium healthier and more natural for my little guys, plus they look awesome when growing lush. i just like to see my living things happy too, whether they are fish or plants
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Old 08-02-2013, 03:02 AM   #20
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i'm a fish tank with nice plants definitely. i have the plants to make the aquarium healthier and more natural for my little guys, plus they look awesome when growing lush. i just like to see my living things happy too, whether they are fish or plants
If that's the case, I would get some rooted plants in there, anubis, amazon swords, certain varieties of crypts and go with them. Some stem plants like you have, will require a bit more lighting and you want to have a good balance of rooted and stemmed plants. Feed the rooted plants with seachem root tabs or similar every few months, and only need to dose liquid ferts occasionally. The stemmed plants will help prevent an algae outbreak while the rooted plants will grow more lush and fill out the tank. This is just my two cents, but the approach I take in low tech low light tanks. Just remember, low light no Co2 means plants grow slower and not quite as full in most cases, but that's ok for what you seem to want. You just can't base what your tank looks like compared to someone who uses high tech/high light.
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Old 08-02-2013, 03:10 AM   #21
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Anubis and crypts. Will look into that. I'm not a fan of swords appearance wise, but i could definitely use some foreground plants. I have water wisteria coming to float, so my next purchase will be one of those! I like/appreciate your two cents Do java ferns count as rooted even though they feed mainly from the leaves?
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Yeah not so much on the ferns. Lol there are many types of sword varieties to choose from, same thing with crypts and anubais. There are other plants as well, those are just the most common and easy to come by and are very forgiving for new planted tank keepers.
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Old 08-02-2013, 04:50 AM   #23
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Its the only one that Ive used, but yes I would say give it a go... $7 for the smallest bottle which should last your little tank a while
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Water wisteria came today!
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Old 08-05-2013, 02:53 AM   #25
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going to get two more serpaes, an anubis plant and probably a snail or two tomorrow. new growth on my anacharis too! will post photos
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what is this fern? (look at my little anacharis growth!)
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warning, i am not a photographer
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also, mystery snail
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