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I have a 29G tank with very hard water. I was wondering if anyone can suggest plants I can use to make my tank a true "planted tank"
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here is a good plant guide
http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...finder/all.php

almost all of them can be grown in hard water. they have a description of each plant. it'll say whether it would do better in sorftwater or not. erios, toninas and syngonanthus tend to be softwater plants
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i will give a try to vallis , elodea and ceratophyllum
you can try also anubias and java fern
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I've been trying to grow hardwater plants for a while and it's not easy. You won't be able to have an amano-style planted tank until you use RO water and a CO2 tank - that's just the way it is.

If, however, you'd just like to have some nice plants, that's quite doable. Ceratophyllum is bulletproof but looks a bit messy, Vallisneria does best with high light but produces awesome tall grassy beds, and anubias/java fern grow slowly but look great. I've also had good luck with Uruguay swords, Salviinia, frogsbit, watersprite. Basically, try to find plants that grow in lightly brackish water, and you'll find good hardwater plants.

You might also try Najas "roraima" (actually Najas marina) - mine grows well in hard water and looks very neat.
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You won't be able to have an amano-style planted tank until you use RO water and a CO2 tank - that's just the way it is.

co2 is very usefull but the statement in general isnt true. and you definatey dont need ro water
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I have a 29G tank with very hard water. I was wondering if anyone can suggest plants I can use to make my tank a true "planted tank"
I think other than anubias all the hardwater plants are long green grass like plants like vals. Elodea might not be grass like but its long and green so thats close.
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co2 is very usefull but the statement in general isnt true. and you definatey dont need ro water
Show me an awesome "Nature Aquarium" style tank with pH 8.2 and no CO2 and I'll be quite impressed...let's say that.
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although they do exist, very few plants need softwater. for instance toninas, syngonanthus and erios do much better in softwater. most other plants will do ok.

these pictures dont mention ph but heres
http://www.aac.acuavida.com/gallery/...M0088.jpg.html
http://www.aac.acuavida.com/gallery/...io2_001/M0057/
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