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Garden plants?

Hey all,

I just started up a tank and wondered about some plants i have growing in our garden. Would these plants, about the same size as freshwater plants, be okay to place in a tank? Im not sure what type of plant they are but they are a purplish/green tone and look like 3 leaf clovers. I have the full root system soaking in a bowl right now. Who knows, maybe they'd die right away anyhow or succeed with the eco-complete substrate? I may be able to take a picture if you'd like one.

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Oxalis maybe? This it?
http://www.aogc.org/shade/oxalis.jpg

It will drown and foul your water.
Few plants are going to make the transition.

Creeping Jenny does well in a tank. Can't think of anything else right now.
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Wouldn't recommend it.

It won't last and as Sue said, will rot.

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terrestrial plants rarely last more than a few days when completely submerged. swamp/marginal plants are a little better, but typically have to be partially submerged, with a large portion of the plant growing emerged (out of the water).
True aquatic plants are your best bet.
If you can't find them locally try www.aquariumplants.com
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I decided to follow your advice and chuck what I had in the tank. But I have a question in regards to plants on the bottom of the tank.

Malkore, I ordered some plants form aquariumplants.com, thanks.

What type of plant creates the beautiful, green, lush, carpet-like presence I see in some great looking tanks?

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Two come to mind immediately: Glossostigma elatinoides ("Glosso") and Riccia fluitans, which is a floating plant, but can be cultivated as a groundcover with some efforts.


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Wghat wattage bulb would you suggest for a 25g tank? 50w+? The ballast only has one bulb and it doesnt appear to giving off much light. I bought the tank used.

I noticed that the glosso is a high-light plant.

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50 watts would be the bare minimum IMHO. Your current light is most likely a 15-20 watt bulb. Head over to www.ahsupply.com and take a look at their 55 watt fixtures. I'm guessing that your tank is the standard 24" long 25 gallon tank.
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Hey Rex,

Youre right about the tank. Its 24" wide and 21" tall.

- I just bought a Filstar XP1 for the 25g today and have it running.
- I ordered several plants from aquaticplants.com & should get those in a few days.

But yes, I agree with the 50w being the minimum. I was saving up for the 4x55W kit from AH for the 55g but will do so for the 25g as well..

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