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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-19-2007, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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How many plants are too many for a 55 gal fresh water

Hello all,

I have a 55 gal tank that has about 35 fish in it.

I have
  • 4 pletcos (one big one three small)
  • 5 Danios
  • 3 Chinese Algae eaters
  • 8 Convict Cichlids
  • 10 Barbs
  • 1 crayfish
  • 5 Catsfish (blue channel and 4 line)
it is a gravel bottom with a simple filter and lighting. I bought a package of plants from a dealer consisting of the following
  • Anubias barteri ''coffeefolia''
  • Anubias barteri var. angustifolia (''afzelii'')
  • Anubias barteri var. barteri
  • Anubias barteri var. caladiifolia ''1705''
  • Anubias barteri var. nana
  • Crinum thaianum
  • Echinodorus osiris
  • Echinodorus x barthii
  • Littorella uniflora
  • Microsorum pteropus ''Narrow''
  • Microsorum pteropus
  • Microsorum pteropus 'WindelÝv'
  • Vallisneria americana (gigantea)

The list is hit and miss but you get the idea

The package is made for a 55-75 gal tank and has 50 plants in it.

Do you think that is too many plants for a tank of 55 gal. I got the package for 71.00 so the price was so cheap only .70 a plant on averge, compared to my local fish store of 10.00 a plant on average.

So my question is 50 plants too many for a 55 gal tank?

Thanks

D.M.
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What sized gravel do you have?
What kind of crayfish is that...? It might eat your plants.

No, it's not too many...as long as it looks good to you, it'll be fine. Too many different varieties may be hard to plant, but it's not detrimental to the health of your tank.
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I have small sand gravel,

The just a normal crayfish

I also sent you a message for the dealer i use

I have basic lighting that comes with a 55 gal tank, nothing fancy just basic setup.

I do have hard water and tryed to research the plants based on that and also what the fish wont eat, as in my tank they eat lots of other plants.

I just was not sure if a plant a gallon is too much. I got so excited for the amount of plants for the price,

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Regarding your light, all the anubias will survive in your tank as well as the java ferns. The vals will probably survive but spread slowly.
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