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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-11-2008, 06:16 AM Thread Starter
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Need plants for a South American tank

Hey guys, I'm new here and so far this forum has been a great help!!


I currently have a 20 gallon (long) tank with 4 black skirt tetras and 4 corydoras. It's got black flourite sand and a Nova Extreme 30" T5 putting out 48 watts. That's 2.4 wpg. I don't have any CO2 and don't plan on getting it.

So far I have 1 argentine sword (which I recently separated into several smaller ones) and 1 ozelot sword. I use to have a lot more but I just recently upgraded all of this from a ten to the new 20 and these were the only I decided to keep.

I recently got some micro echinodorus tenellus as a carpet plant.

I was hoping you guys could point out to me some plants that would go well with my setup and are easy to maintain!

I'd also really appreciate some good online sources to purchase these plants and some driftwood, or if anyone knows a good store in West LA/Sherman Oaks/Van Nuys area of California!

Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-11-2008, 09:48 PM
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With that lighting over a 20gal tank, IMO you're going to get algae with no CO2. You may be able to dose enough Excel daily to keep it managable, but that will end up getting costly in the long run...

You definitely need some nutrient-hog stem plants. Bacopa caroliniana and stargrass are two of my favorite S.Am stems. Some floaters like Salvinia would also help.

The plantfinder on also has a really good search feature that lets you select by region.

If you place a WTB (want to buy) ad in the Swap n Shop here you're likely to get some nice deals on really good-looking plants.

GL and keep us posted!

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