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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-16-2008, 04:15 AM Thread Starter
 
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Question Discus Tank Plants

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I am looking to order some plants for my discus tank. I use one bulb of my coralife cf light making 96 watts. I have flourite substrate with a yeast based Co2 system. I also use flourish excel, flourish, and flourish iron. Where is the best online place to order plants and what can I grow. I was thinking some rotala, wisteria and some others as background plants. Right now I have a sword and two green lotus'. The temp is about 80-82. What do you guys think?

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BTW I dont really want anubias, grasses or more swords. Maybe a small sword.
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I'd give AquaBotanic a call- kill two birds with one stone.



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Sounds like an idea. Anything from you guys?
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I think anubias are commonly planted in discus tanks
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I think you may be eliminating most of the best warm-water options from the getgo not wanting to use vals, swords, and the like. Cabomba, Bacopa, and Hygro are the only stems I know of that are supposed to be OK in warm water- but I don't do much with stem plants so calling Robert Hudson at AB is the way I'd go if that's what you want.



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Well, with the 'maybe' swords, I really like my Red Rubin, it's so much more interesting than the average Amazon sword. While I yanked my 'compacta' Amazon sword out of my 75g, I think I'll keep that Rubin forever, hehe.
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I'm planning on stocking Red Rubins in my 90gal- how big around is yours getting? The pics I'm finding so far show them as tall but not wide. I'm trying to figure out how many to buy.

On the note of small swords- E. parv. 'Tropica' is a beautiful little sword for the foreground.



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Yes, more tall than wide, the corner shot in my tank profile shows it, though not all that clearly.
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How about stuff like Wisteria and Rotala? I have seen it used in planted discus tanks.
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I think YMMV. I saw a gorgeous discus tank on this forum with an HC foreground.

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I don't think that you're going to have too many issues with plants in the 80-82 range. All of my tanks are usually around 80 and I've had no temperature related issues with any plants. I think discus tank plant suggestions are usually based on the assumption that you're going to keep the tank in the mid to upper 80s, as is often suggested.


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What is YMMV and HC? Ya, some people keep the tank around 85 for discus but mine seem a lot happier with the water around 79-82. They lose color once it gets higher or lower than those. What is the best website with cheap shipping you guys know of to buy these plants?
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YMMV = Your mileage may vary and HC = Hemianthus callitrichoides. The Swap n Shop on here is really the best way to go. Higher quality plants for cheaper. Just figure out what you want and put up a Want to buy post, someone usually has what you're looking for.


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YMMV = Your Mileage May Vary

HC = Hemianthus callitrichoides (dwarf baby tears, not to be confused with baby tears which is HM -- Hemianthus micranthemoides)

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