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Real plants?

I told a friend of mine that I was thinking about purchasing a 6-gallon Nano Cube and trying to grow real plants. He said I would regret it. He claims growing plants is very difficult and time-consuming and that they'll leave my tank looking horrible. Is that true?

Keep in mind that although I've had aquariums before, even a Marine aquarium, I have no experience with real plants. As a newbie, should I attempt this? If so, in addition the the Nano Cube, what else do I need to purchase to ensure I don't fail?

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Your friend is wrong in my opinion. A good number of plants are very easy to grow, Java Fern, Anubias, Java moss, Crypts, Hornwort, and many others can all thrive with some lighting and a little fertilizers. When I made the switch from plastic to live plants, I had some trouble in the begining do to lack of knowledge, but now I cant believe that that people still use fake plants! Live plants do make more of a mess, but they are 100% worth it. Just do some research before you start! Your equipment all depends of what plants you want to keep, and if you have a budget.
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Thanks Jake. Unfortunately, I tend to over research things and usually end up with information overload. That's kinda where I am now. For a 6-gallon tank should I be using a C02 system or will Flourish Excel be enough?
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Like Jake said, RESEARCH! I wish i would have researched more before i decided to buy random plants at the store lol, things started off rocky, but now i cant believe i wasted money on all those stupid plastic and silk plants. More then half the fun of my aquariums now are watching/waiting for my plants to grow. It is a very rewarding hobby!
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Thanks Jake. Unfortunately, I tend to over research things and usually end up with information overload. That's kinda where I am now. For a 6-gallon tank should I be using a C02 system or will Flourish Excel be enough?
It all depends on what type of lighing you have. If you have alot of lighting, you'll need CO2. What type of tank do you have\you are useing?

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I'm getting ready to purchase a 6-gallon Nano Cube. http://www.jbjlighting.com/prod-6g-nano.html
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You shouldn't need Co2. With the lighing included with the tank, I think you should be able to grow most low-light plants. Try looking in the "low tech forum" where there is a great sticky containing a list of low light plants.

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Nice. Thanks Jake. I think I'll stay the course with real plants. What should I purchase to help establish the biological filter?
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Thanks Jake. Unfortunately, I tend to over research things and usually end up with information overload. That's kinda where I am now. For a 6-gallon tank should I be using a C02 system or will Flourish Excel be enough?
Over researching things is not a bad things. Especially in this arena. There is SOOOO much information out there, that there is no reason why it would be very hard to keep these aquariums.

There will be some bumps and bruises along the way. But as others have said, it is well worth it. My tank being a low light tank requires very little work involved, and there really is no mess except for my lotus plant which likes to shed leaves every once in a while.
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If you dont plan on adding any fauna right awayk, nothing! You could also seed the tank by useing some established filter media. Just so you know, you can add plants right away even before a tank has cycled.

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Nice. Thanks Jake. I think I'll stay the course with real plants. What should I purchase to help establish the biological filter?
The plants will help out a great deal with establishing the tank. If your plants are purchased submerged, they should have bacteria already on the leaves. All you need to do is keep the bacteria alive by adding a bit of food here and there to break down to keep the filter established. The plants themselves will also help with keeping the bad stuffs away IE ammonia, nitrites which plants to use for their own growth.
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How about the substrate. People who are growing plants seem to like this stuff. The only problem is with a 6-gallon tank, I'd have enough to last me a lifetime.

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Flourite is a good choice, along with Eco Complete. Or if you want something cheaper, pool filter sand and some soil works well.

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