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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-13-2005, 07:18 AM Thread Starter
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Need help picking suitable plants

My new tank arrived today! It's beautiful, but I don't have a clue as to what kind of plants I'd like to put in it.

For starters, this is my goldfish tank. These guys should be professional gardeners. My amazon sword and crypts do ok with them but they've mowed through almost everything else I've put in.

Secondly this tank is very tall. It's a 70G measuring 36" wide by 31" tall and 16" front to back. Even some of the largest swords I've seen don't reach much higher than 12" or so. I'd love to see some plants that will top out 2/3 of the way up the tank.

The height also brings other concerns. Lighting may be an issue in the near term - though I plan to use the 96w kit in my old tank I can't afford to add additional light at the moment (I might add the 55w kit from ahsupply later). In addition maintenence on the tank is not going to be easy either. Even at 6'3" I can barely see over the lip into the tank. I do have a mechanical gripper to help but if I need to do a lot of work to the bottom I'll need scuba gear.

My planned substrate is a 3" gravel / flourite mix but I can be flexible on that depending on the suggestions I receive.

So who's got some ideas for me?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-13-2005, 12:08 PM
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Welcome to the PT!! You're doing the right thing by asking questions right off the bat...keep 'em coming since you can learn a whole lot here!'ve got more guts than me...those guys can wreak havoc on plants...

I've never had much experience with goldfish, one thing you might want to look into is temperature compatability of some of the plants...Amazon swords and goldfish?

As far as growth, I've got a pretty tall 65g tank (24 deep), and I've had two swords break the surface (hence I got rid of them)...the key is light, co2 and fertilizers. Its quite possible that the plants you have right now aren't getting enough food?

As far as reaching down into the tank...well you got yourself into that mess Maybe a stepladder? The big plastic gripping forceps you mention may help, but I know that will be difficult.

How is the setup overall? Are you feeding the plants gas and ferts? Plan on keeping the goldfish?

Who is it on this board that has goldfish?? I can't remember...he should chime in on this thread!

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I love goldfish, with their round lil tummies full of..... where did my plants go?!?!?!
There *are* plants that are potentially goldfish proof and easy to grow. I would look into the anubius plants, some of the tougher-leaved crypts. Many of these can easily reach the top of your tank given enough time.

Your lighting should be ok. Don't worry about that.
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I don't have any advice for you personally, however there is a delightful thread about goldfish and plants in the photo album section:

Awrieger's plant adventures (56K warning)

Good luck on your endeavors!
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Hi all,

Thanks for the replies. I still haven't figured out exactly what I want in the tank but I ran across a great deal last night. $17 for a big box of mixed plants. For the price I decided to go ahead and grab it. Even if it all ends up as salad for my guys I really haven't lost anything.

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I have a 55g goldfish tank with one 7" common goldfish. By burying into my substrate deep enough I've got hornwort, egeria densa, and cabomba growing for tall plants. I also have some lilaeopsis I planted 2 weeks ago - so far so good. I also have red root floaters on the top which I love. I don't know how typical my goldfish is though because my LFS tells me they're herbivores and mine prefers meat......


I have extra Egeria, hornwort and floaters if you want to try them. Shipping only. PM me if interested.
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For everyone saying no to goldfish and plants...
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