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i would like to have one of my tanks planted. could someon please make me a list of easy to grow plants that require no fertlizers and little amound amount of light. thank you very much.


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Let me be the first one to welcome you .
Stem plants in general are good fast growers.also get some Anubias ,Java fern ,Ludwegia repens. .hygro ,cryptocoryne green/brown.
There is a lot more,but my suggestion to you is to plant heavily all in one shot ,try DIY co2 for sure. if not going to use any kind of fertilizer,then maybe there is another option for you:
http://www.barrreport.com/articles/4...non+co2+method
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thank you i tried planting these little seeds that say they grow 6 - 8 inchs in 15 - 18 days, but its day 4 and they dont seem to be growing. i think actuall live plants my be my best choice
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thank you i tried planting these little seeds that say they grow 6 - 8 inchs in 15 - 18 days, but its day 4 and they dont seem to be growing. i think actuall live plants my be my best choice
Try actual live plants,and buy a lot of them.I hope other members will suggest better choice of plants ,if you go to your local fish store and ask for fast growing low light stem plants,I'm sure they can come up with something.
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Moneywort seems to hold up pretty well.
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I would suggest Sunset Hygro(or any hygo for that matter). It is colorful and does well in low-moderate light. Also Anachris, Anubias, Java Ferns, Moss, Crypts, and my favorite....Brazilian Pennywort.

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thank you for the sugestions. and the welcoms. i wanted to get live plants but wasnt sure of what to get i had a list of easy to grow plants but the guy at petco was like blah blah blah i thing this is this and i thing this is this and umm i think these are illegal and we dont have them. i was just like like errrr w/e so i got a pack of seeds that said they grow in 18 days. so i wanted to try that. but now i know some ideas and some of your favroits i am going to get a few plants. i really appricate the sugestions and the help you have provided. one more question tho. how many plants should i get? oh and one more, when i get them the plastic thing on the bottome of the plant, do you burry that in the sand or gravel or set it on top? does it matter?



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Live plants don't come with a plastic base like the artificial ones do. If you're talking about a rubber band or plant weight or something else used to hold a group of stems together, take that off before you plant them.


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ok. i belive i am going to get some plants friday most likely.
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thank you for the sugestions. and the welcoms. i wanted to get live plants but wasnt sure of what to get i had a list of easy to grow plants but the guy at petco was like blah blah blah i thing this is this and i thing this is this and umm i think these are illegal and we dont have them. i was just like like errrr w/e so i got a pack of seeds that said they grow in 18 days. so i wanted to try that. but now i know some ideas and some of your favroits i am going to get a few plants. i really appricate the sugestions and the help you have provided. one more question tho. how many plants should i get? oh and one more, when i get them the plastic thing on the bottome of the plant, do you burry that in the sand or gravel or set it on top? does it matter?



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No offense to anyone that knows people who work for Petco, but petco employees generally dont know crap

When you say seeds, do you mean bulbs?

Regarding the plastic thing I think what you mean is that the plant is potted. I would take them out carefully as to not damage the roots then plant them in my tank to allow the roots to grow in my nutrient rich substrate. Also, you should look into trying a substrate called "Flourite" which is rich in iron and is designed for plant growth. Make sure you rinse it VERY well. Any more questions... just ask on the forum. People here are very helpful.
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Petsmart and Petco are less experienced than most stores. But at least there better than walmart


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First things first, what size tank, and how much lighting? If you have the stock strip light that comes with a lot of aquariums, it isn't enough light to grow plants. Before you spend any money, read Rex Grigg's guide--it will help you understand what you need and why. You don't have to have high light and CO2, you just have to plant your tank with plants that don't need those conditions. Anubias, java fern, mosses all do well with low light. But these are slow growers, and you need fast-growing stem plants to get your tank cycled properly. You can get anacharis and bacopa at most big-box stores, but make sure it is a fresh shipment, so the plants will be as healthy as possible. Better yet, when you are ready, post in Swap n Shop to buy fast-growing stems for low light. You will want to plant at least half your tank with these fast growers to start with, and later on you can replace them with the slow-growing plants (again, best place to buy IMHO is the Swap n Shop).

Welcome to the forum, and be sure to read the postings in the Low Tech forum, which it aimed at low-light, low-maintenance tanks. Here's a link to Rex's site:

http://rexgrigg.com
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This is a good general guideline for dealing with all customer service level employees.

If you have an easy question to ask, such as “where is this certain product in your store?”, than ask the employee.

If it is a harder question, such as “what type of live plants are good for low lighting conditions” or “how many fish can I keep in this tank?”, than don’t ask. You’re better off figuring it out for yourself.

That's how I ended up with a $44 ballast and $20 of wires from lowes when I was trying to set up my lighting system.
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"When you say seeds, do you mean bulbs?" yes i appolige for confussion.

in the tank i am planting in i have a floressent light in it. it is a 10 gallon tank. it is sand not gravel not sure that matters. i have been googleing aquatic plants and have found alot that require low light and no co2 and no fertlizer ( what is fertilizer how do you use it in a tank?)
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