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How many plants?

How do you guys determine how many plants to buy to plant a tank? I'm planning my first planted tank (90 gallons), and I want it to be fairly low-tech but I'm not completely opposed to getting tanked CO2 etc in the future if I need to. As far as hardscape, I am going to do a big jumble of driftwood on the right-hand side of the tank, with maybe a couple trailing onto the other side. The single 175W metal halide will be over the left-hand side of the tank, so the driftwood side will be a bit more low-light. Here's my list of plants I am considering:

Amazon sword
Anubias afzelii
C. wendtii
java ferns
tiger lotus
ozelot sword
jungle vals
java moss
dwarf sag
anubias congensis
stargrass

How many of each would you get? Are there any you would add or remove from the list?
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How big's the tank?

Actually, no matter what size, it's likely a 175w metal halide is going to push you into the high tech from the getgo, though, and you'll likely even need a pressurized CO2 setup to keep up with that lighting.

www.RexGrigg.com is a good place to research the balance needed between lighting, ferts, plants, and CO2 to grow healthy plants.





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how many depends on the size. btw you could keep higher light plants then that (as long as they are near the MH).

also, with certain plants, like sags, moss, vals, ferns (sometimes), and stem plants (stargrass is the green stem with thin leaves, right?) you get only a single portion (or 2 for larger tanks) and then let them grow and propagate. sags send runners (if i remember right, i never kept them), vals send runners and are considered pretty invasive, moss grows and you just trim it and put the cuttings where you want (or you can put the moss you get spread out more, itll fill in), ferns grow plantlets on their leaves and the rhizome can be divided, stems are just cut and plant (you trim the top 3" and plant it).

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LOL size.. DUH! I thought I put in there that it is a 90 gallon tank! I edited

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Is it a standard-sized 90gal (48x18x24)? How wide is your MH fixture? You may have issues with light distribution, actually, unless it's a 48" fixture?

You look like you have a good starting list for plants though. There's a great list of low-light plants at the top of the Low Tech forum you could check out for more ideas?

How many of each plant you want is really up to you. The more you stuff your tank full of plants from the getgo the less likely you are to have algae issues in the long run, however. Especially fast-growing stem plants.





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my suggestion is to buy stuff and let it grow in. just buy a bit, and see what does good and where it looks best.

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