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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-10-2020, 02:34 AM Thread Starter
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Advice for Plants for 65G & 20G Long

Hello! I'd appreciate some advice on plants for my tanks.

Edit: IDK why the imgur links aren't working, should be pics right with my description but now they are underneath

My 20G long so far has only been a quarantine tank and has fake plants. NICREW Deluxe LED Aquarium Light, Full Spectrum Fish Tank Light for Planted Tanks, 30 to 36-inch, 28-Watt, 1800 LM, 7500K Light.

I'd love to get something easy and beautiful growing. Maybe just a bunch of grass. Don't have substrate yet but debating on black sand or black flourite. Will prob go with flourite unless I wanna get cories. I just want it to be an easy plant, I think with my light it will be high light correct? I'd be down to dose excel for a while but eventually i'd like to taper that off, keep it easy, but i'd love to get the whole substrate covered in something. So interested in any ideas for easy plants as well as stocking Prob gonna do a couple small schools of nano fishies.

My 65G, has a 24/7 finnex planted light.

So the tank is pretty low light and it's all anubias at the moment. Low tech, sometimes I add excel to help with the algae but so far over the past 3 years the algae ALWAYS comes back especially the brown. I hear it might be due to silicates in my water. Also I acquired the tank second hand and it had already been running for a few years. New fish by now though. Anyway I have tons of anubias but I'd looove to get a carpet of something going, not sure if it's possible. I tried dwarf sags and they grew for a bit but never spread and eventually died off. Also any advice on stopping the brown algae? I'm debating getting some ottos at this point.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-12-2020, 08:04 AM
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If you want a plant that is easy to take care of and forms a lawn, Monte Carlo would be your best bet. However, Flourish Excel and other "CO2 substitutes" do not provide any actual meaningful amount of CO2 to the tank, and are just rebranded bottles of glutaraldehyde which forms a miniscule amount of CO2 when decomposed over time. If you want a lawn to grow your only viable option is going CO2 injection. Plants need CO2 as a food source, they convert CO2 to sugars. Trying to grow plants without CO2 is like trying to build muscle without protein or an adequate amount of food.
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