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Can you have to many plants in your aquarium? I have 29 gallon and I think that I might have to many. How many would you put in this size of tank?
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My first thought was no, you can't have too many plants, but thats simply not realistic. My tank is 29 gallons and I have 14 different species. Its all a matter of personal preference. If you feel you need to thin out your tank offer our "discarded" plants on the swap forum, or find a piece of funiture you can live without and replace it with a new tank
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Too many plants may be unpleasant to the eye but it rarely harms anything. The biggest problem that too many plants can create is with the water circulation in the tank. I use additional small powerheads in the corners of my tank to help "pockets" of mulm and debris from building up.
Other then that there really is no rule on how many plants you can have... its all up to your tastes and desired look.
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To many plants may also prevent light from reaching the bottom portions of the plants or shading out smaller plants causing them to die. Your best option would be to thin them out and do a pruning.

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Or you can be like that one lady and have tall plants all over her tank of one species. I mean there was no swimming room for hardly anything other then really small guppies
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ive been told that plants and too much algea can cause alot of co2 at night which will prolly give ya hight nitrate levels after a while, but i could be wrong
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ive been told that plants and too much algea can cause alot of co2 at night which will prolly give ya hight nitrate levels after a while, but i could be wrong

How is that going to give you a high nitrate levels?
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Maybe I misunderstood the question. By too many plants do you mean too many species or the volume taken up by plants?
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re How is that going to give you a high nitrate levels?

i dunno thats what the lfs guy said though when i asked him the same ?, yeah it didnt seem to convincing to me either, cause i always thought that algea grows more if you have high nitrate levels but he said i was wrong and that too many plants and algea causes high nitrates, so i didnt buy the plants cause mine was pretty packed anyways, maybe he just got it backwards i dunno?
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Maybe he was referring to plants dieing and breaking down. I wouldn't that would be that big if a concern though. Algae doesn't cause nitrates, Nitrates cause algae. So if he was going by pure anecdotal evidence then he would see an upswing in Nitrates and an increase in algae and think the algae was causing the Nitrate. It's plausible for him to come to that conclusion, I guess /scratches head.

I have learned something about LFS guys and I only ask them two questions anymore:
1) How much is this?
2) Do you have any xyz in stock?

Don't listen to anything else they have to say! They have caused me to make some really poor decisions.
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Many LFS guys have never owned a 3wpg, CO2 injected, flourite filled, high-tech planted tank. You can only read so much info before it becomes necessary to DO it, hands on, to continue the learning process.
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Many LFS guys have never owned a 3wpg, CO2 injected, flourite filled, high-tech planted tank. You can only read so much info before it becomes necessary to DO it, hands on, to continue the learning process.


BINGO ! I dont think I have ever heard it worded more perfectly !
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Many LFS guys have never owned a 3wpg, CO2 injected, flourite filled, high-tech planted tank. You can only read so much info before it becomes necessary to DO it, hands on, to continue the learning process.


BINGO ! I dont think I have ever heard it worded more perfectly !
And I have found there is no real point in trying to explain it to them!

It is quite funny trying to explain what we do to the members of our aquarium club! Very few of them are able to get even a basic grasp of how we manage our aquariums.

"NITRATES??? PHOSPHATES??? You guys ADD that stuff????"

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Oh, and this one, "With all that light, don't the fish go blind??"

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