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How many times should I change my mind before I actually start ordering plants and is it mandatory that I buy so many plants that they look great when I plant them and look like h*ll two weeks later when they start growing?

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Well,Once you decide what type of tank you want to run low tech,moderate light,or high tech higher lighting,CO2 enhanced or not,thing's get a bit easier I think.
Is alway's wise I think ,to start a planted tank with as many plant's as one can afford while keeping in mind that many plant's once submerged completely ,will take a fair bit of time to adapt to submerged condition's and may drop leaves while other leaves will take different shape during this time.
If we concentrate on what they need for growth, and have chosen proper plant's for method we are trying,then plant's will gradually respond .
But if we choose too few plant's,or plant's better suited with CO2 enhancement,or use too much light,or don't have good CO2 distribution,fertilizer routine,poor maint, constantly move plant's,plant's will do poorly and lot's of folk's get discouraged.
Choose a method,and learn it well was best advice I received.Coose lightin,plant's accordingly.
All plant's are gonna respond better with more access to CO2 but Researching heavily before going with the gas is helpful I think.
Low tech method gives a little more wiggle room cause plant's grow much slower and can and do adapt to low CO2 condition's but they still need food,good maint,not too much light.
Many folk's choose more difficult plant's those that perform better with the Gas ,not enough plant's,poor fert routine,but expect growth measured in day's.
Much easier I think to begin with low light,lot's of fast grower's (can swap em out later )can get buy with less fertilization,maybe once a week.
Nope were it me.i would as mentioned choose a method,and research,learn it well.
Then try the more difficult.Both method's require patience.
 

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All tanks are works in progress. You may start with one set of plants and end up with a completely different one.

Personally, I buy plants that are cheap from trusted sellers on this forum. I shop a little bit almost every time I log on.
 

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All tanks are works in progress. You may start with one set of plants and end up with a completely different one.

Personally, I buy plants that are cheap from trusted sellers on this forum. I shop a little bit almost every time I log on.
I would have loved to buy my plants from forum members because the folks on this forum are experts for sure plus I feel good supporting them.

But my tank is 28" deep and it is twice as difficult planting when fully filled. Without personally knowing many forum members it is not easy to acquire rare plants from forum members. Why do I use the word rare, it's a misnomer for finding and buying the right size/color you want to use to fill a specific area and buying this plant when you need it.

As you already know, good looking small plants (especially colorful ones) are not easy to come by, so if I see one that fits my blueprint on the net during the building process....I buy it!

Lastly, folks say you can't put plants in a cichlid tank and I say yes you can if you take the time to study what you are buying and to plant it correctly. If you just buy and plant haphazard then the naysayers are correct...you cannot put plants in a cichlid tank.

I've enjoyed looking at ya'lls tanks so much that I plan on being as proud of my plants as I am of my fish.......but it takes planning
 

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I would set up a scape in mind that you're trying to achieve. Pick out your favorite foreground, mid ground , and background plants and then setup a list of plants to order. Research all plant requirements wether it's high light, co2 mandatory, growth rate, etc.
 

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I would set up a scape in mind that you're trying to achieve. Pick out your favorite foreground, mid ground , and background plants and then setup a list of plants to order. Research all plant requirements wether it's high light, co2 mandatory, growth rate, etc.
Done, done and Done :)

This past week I bought my plants

(1) Alternanthera Reineckii 'Mini'
(8) Vallisneria sp. 'Asiatica'
(2) Anubias Barteri var. coffeefolia
(10) Pogostemon Erectus


Some just arrived and the rest should be here in a couple of days. The next step is preparation: I'm cleaning and quarantining to remove sails.

Then in two weeks I'm planting and right now I'm trying to decide how to start them since I've never done it properly before

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/showthread.php?t=637498

Thanks
 
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