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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-16-2007, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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All right, I've done some planted tanks in my day and I've decided I'm done with the normal tropical ones. I've decided to make a tank showcasing some fish found in my local stream and lake. Of the five species I've found suitable for the aquarium, only two are sold at my favorite pet store, so those are the ones I'll be taking. (I'd rather not take any from the wild.)
The only thing is, I've yet to find a plant that'll do okay in 65-70 degree water, and I really want to use some. Do any of you guys know of any? I'll only need about four or five different kinds; my lake is pretty devoid of plant life so it'll still look realistic. I can't identify any of the plant species out there, that's the problem. If it matters, my tank is 30 gallons (long) and if I can get away with it I'm going to use sand, but I think I'll have to go with fine gravel instead.

If any of you know of any plants, please let me know!! I've been wanting this tank for ages but if I can't find plants I'm not doing it!!

Thanks in advance!!
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-16-2007, 10:49 PM
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Actually there are only few plants that will not be happy with a 65-70F temperature range. Surprisingly many plants from temperate climates of North America and Europe in our tanks that we keep too warm.


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dude,
there are tons...
from vals, to hair grass, to elodea, to Ludwigia. Keep things 70F/room temperature and things will be fine.

I meant to share this with you guys.. This is a great Database of American plants... You have to go through it and find just aquatic plants.
http://aquat1.ifas.ufl.edu/

http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/photos.html


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Thanks for the info; I've only ever done warm tropical tanks before and I didn't want to kill anything!!

Thanks a million.
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heh,
you're in nevada.. Is there such a thing as a temperate climate there?


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I too am setting up a cool water temperate tank, moss has explosive growth in cooler water(most).

Sags with grow fine, hair grass, vals, crypts, java ferns, anubis, etc etc.

I am just starting my research and am finding a whole new world of possibilities without a heater.

I know most plants i have are growing perfectly fine in my unheated snail breeding tank, even when temps were in the low 60's.

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I think this is a really cool idea. I was just curious, what type of local fish are you using?
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Bitterling and bluegill perch are the ones I've seen for sale (and in the lake), but if I see any others that'll fit in my tank I'll consider those as well. Snails definately. Maybe shrimp/dwarf crayfish? I'm not too fussed about the fish anyhow, as there aren't too many to choose from and this tank is more experimental than anything else. A lot of the fish I've seen in the lake get huge, so obviously my choice is limited.
Of course, I'm open to suggestions if anyone else knows of some native Nevada fish . . .
Thanks, umm . . . GRRR I forgot your name, for the plant list.
To mistergreen: LOL, I wouldn't think so either, but Lake Tahoe drops to the 20's in winter.
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AHA!
sayn3ver!!! Thanks!!
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