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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-09-2010, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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Plant Suggestions?

My college has a criteria for special projects we must satisfy to graduate, and for artistic creativity I am attempting to aquascape my fish tank. I just found a job, so i'll be starting this project faster than I intended, and I haven't had enough time to fully research all of the kinds of plants I can get. at the moment i have a slowly degrading java fern, and a ton of water wisteria that is doing pretty darn well, besides some algae growing on some bottom leaves. i have a ten gallon fish tank with diy co2, a 15 wt8 bulb, and i'm ordering some flourite black sand, and all of the fertalizers I need soon. What would you suggest I get to have a great looking tank? I'm definatly having a very thick carpet of dwarf hairgrass if i can manage it, if that means getting a stronger bulb i have no problem with that. I was thinking of adding some banana plants, red water milfoil, and some water pennywort. I wouldn't mind having the back wall of my tank full of some kind of creeping vine if that could be possible? Any suggestoins would be greatly appreciated
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anyone? I'd like to know what plants everyone likes
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For lower light setups, bigger/wider leaves will get the light they need to grow much easier than smaller leaved plants.
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Anubias, java fern and java moss would work. If you float the pennywort it might grow. Red plants usually need quite a bit of light to show red. If you look through the forums you will see loads of tanks scaped with very few species of plants and there is no reason you cannot have a very artistic tank with low light plants.

Unless your light bulb is very old you won't get any more light from your fixture than you already have. You could upgrade to more bulbs or one with more power but I think with some thought you will do just fine with the low light plants and the fertilizers you have purchased. Did you buy Excel or some other carbon source? It really helped clean up my small tank and the Anubias and java fern grew very nicely. Not the wisteria though, too bad, that is a nice plant.
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I have a diy co2 rig set up
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