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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-17-2005, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all,

I'm planning on setting up a small 10 gallon Shell Dweller tank for 4 Brevis, 2 males & 2 females (hopefully they will pair up ). But I would like to have it semi planted as well. I figured I would use plants mainly to hide and draw attention away from in tank equipment and to influence there choice of what territory they will inhabit.

I've been running planted tanks for some time now and have been having pretty good success with them. With this tank though I want to have plants that are low maintenance. So here is my question do any of you have any good suggestions for plants that can be healthy and survive with...

1. Low Light
(if you know plz tell me what WPG would be sufficient for your suggestion)

2. No CO2
(The substrate I was thinking about using was Eco Complete Cichlid Sand)

3. Able to live in a sand subtrate

4. No ferts
(or very low ferting).

This will be my first attempt at a shell dweller tank, but I've done a lot of research and read up a lot on what they need and how to care for them. Hopefully it will go well .

Thank you for taking the time to read this! Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you,
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I just set up my 10 gallon as a shellie tank also. I used quartz sand for the substrate and am using Java fern tied to rocks.
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endparenthesis: Thank you for the great link! With the plants listed on that link I'll have more then enough plant options to get my tank planted in a way that I will be able to enjoy!

Rex: I'll have to look into the sand substrate you meantioned I've never heard of it before now but I'll see if it something I'd like. I already have some java ferns in one of my tanks so I could just transplant some from out of there, thank you. Also I read your guide awhile back its a very good guide it helped answer a lot of my earlier questions.

Thank you both for the replies!!

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hi check this site out for the right plants for you ok

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Thanks a lot Will that is a very helpful site!
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Narrowleaf Java Ferns will give good cover and is a nice plant. Anubias and Windelov are always great to add a variety and spark up the tank. All of which like hard water.
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K, thanks for the advice Kam I'll checkout some profiles on those plants.

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