First off I would ditch the bubble wall thing...that thing will outgas any co2 you have in the water column.
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I AGREE!!!My advice to a new store owner that wants to carry plants is PLEASE, PLEASE do not sell non-aquatic bog plants to people (ie) purple waffle etc.
I see way too many stores around our area selling these and it really irks me. People new to planted tanks will buy these put them in their tank and then they will die soon there after. They think that they can not do planted tanks and give up when in reality they never stood a chance.
I cant remember where but I read and heard a few times that for people using no Co2 addition that the Co2 levels in an airated tank are actually higher than those without it. Something about strong movement on the surface lets more Co2 be absorbed back into the water. I could be way off base here...I will try to pull up those articles I readFirst off I would ditch the bubble wall thing...that thing will outgas any co2 you have in the water column.
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I'm still learning about plants myself, but so far I've found it's easier to learn about them by just growing them yourself. If you ask about a particular plant, your replies may well be as varied as their number, with some saying it'll grow in that and others saying it won't since everyone's tank conditions are so different (water is different wherever you go of course, plus there are so many variables in a planted tank such as type of substrate, type of fertilizer schedule, amount of light, etc. that it'd be hard to find someone out there growing them exactly as you are in your tank). I just figured most plants are cheap on the Swap & Shop forum, so I'll just give them all a go and see what I can grow in my specific tank. I've gotten most of the easier to grow ones (look in the Plant Database linked at the top of every page here and you'll find info on each plant including how easy it is to grow) and a few of the harder. Overall I've learned a LOT! And it's been loads of fun, too.So here a few of my starter questions:
1. I am still learning about plants and I think that some of these may not work in my setup, ... what I'm asking about specifically is what will work with the other conditions I have minus the fish.
Not until your fish are plastered against the glass. :hihi:2. Is it possible to have TOO many plants?
You might think about finding the time to learn about fertilizing with dry ferts since you could sell them in your store with a nice markup and they'd still be cheap. If I were to open a fish store, I'd buy dry ferts in bulk (EXTREMELY CHEAP ~ like twenty bucks for a 50 lb bag for one of the "Big Three", aka NPK ~ and that's enough for YEARS of fertilizing), portion them out in easy to use containers, learn about all labeling laws concerning fertilizer sales so I could follow them (from what I understand they're not that restrictive ~ mainly just listing what the ingredients are and how much of each), print up loads of info on exactly how to use them, and sell that as a package. You can offer a year's worth of ferts without breaking the customer's bank, but still making plenty of money yourself.3. How often should I be dosing the Flourish and the Flourish Excel? Is there anything else I should be dosing? I don't really have the time to make up my own ferts, so I prefer using the already put together ones.
Most tap water is just fine to use in freshwater planted tanks. Having well water is a bonus since you don't have to use any dechlors. I have well water as well and had concerns about the same thing, thinking surely my water was WAY too hard to use. I tried it anyway and it works excellently! My red cherry shrimp LOVE it.4. I have well water, should I attempt to use this or mix it with the RO/DI water for changes or topoff? I'm assuming it's very hard and laden with minerals, it's smells very sulfur-y out of the tap. I have not tested it yet though.
I'm a terrestrial gardener, too, and treat my aquarium plants just like their land-based brethren. They're not THAT much different really. I'd remove that yellow leaf just like you would a houseplant and just watch it for a while. If more leaves start to yellow, then you can look for other causes, again just like you would a houseplant.5. I have one plant in particular that has some leaves turning yellow. Do I proceed as I would with a houseplant and remove the yellowing leaves and hope for the best or should I remove the whole plant? I think it is some type of sword, you can see it in the third and fourth pictures down, to the right of the driftwood. I don't know if it has too high of a light requirement, or something in my water it's not getting that it needs. It has been in the tank for about 4 weeks, and the rest of my plants seem to be doing fine.
You are thinking right ~ people want to know what they're getting. Atleast people who will stick with a planted tank do, and those are the ones you'll get repeat business from.6.This one has to do with my store, I don't know if maybe I should start another thread for this or not but: What advice do you have for a fish store in regards to plants? What would you like to see done differently? Since I know alot about terrestrial plants, I won't be selling any of those as aquatic plants. BUT it is a problem getting labelled plants from distributors. The only ones that are labelled are the potted ones,and even then they only come with common names. Anything you buy in bunches is unlabelled. I know people want to see employees who know what they are talking about. However, I must confess it is a challenge to be able to identify some things just by looking. My hope is that as I become more involved with aquatic plants that I will become more efficient at eyeballing more types of plants than I can right now.
The best advice I can give you on this would be to read this forum and visit any links you come across in threads. The Low Tech forum is a good place to start imho ~ they talk about tanks with low light, no or little CO2 and little or no "standard" fertilizing. That's mostly what I have at the moment ~ low tech ~ and I plan to work my way up to maybe having a high tech tank or two later (I have five ten gallons to play with).And lastly, I would really appreciate any suggestions, or advice about my setup or for me in general, advice about fancy goldies in planted tanks(I have some knowledge about them, but I'm always looking for more)advice on how to better aquascape my tank lol, links to sites, excellent books, suggestions on how to set up a planted tank for the store etc.
You will. You definitely will. That's where growing them myself has also come in handy for me. Plants look different in different growing conditions, lighting, etc., and they just plain look different in person than in pictures, so having them in front of me helped tremendously with me learning which is which and how to ID them.My hope is that as I become more involved with aquatic plants that I will become more efficient at eyeballing more types of plants than I can right now.
Ukrainetz made an excellent point here imho, one that's very true. My two oldest sons are living proof. I started with bettas, then moved on to planted tanks, and after seeing the fun I was having they started thinking it'd be nice to have an aquarium ~ it would make for great "Daddy and me" time with their kids. Every time they'd come up I'd send them home with plants or shrimp or clams or something. It's only taken a few months and the guys are already starting to go SW ~ both have nano SW tanks now and are actively planning larger tanks, even sourcing and budgeting in the supplies. And man are they excited! They showed me the site they'll be ordering their live rock from (it's grown somewhere along the coast of Florida and the sellers dive to pick it for packaging right after you order it). The site listed all the possible "hitchhikers" that might be in their rocks and it was incredibly interesting to see the variety! Made me even think about getting a small SW tank. I've thought about it before and have wanted one for years, but couldn't justify the cost. Now that I've gotten my feet wet (pun intended :hihi with freshwater, I can easily see me getting into SW in the coming years, atleast with a small tank. Those seahorses and sea slugs and Christmas Tree worms and zoanthids and bubble coral and ... well, they're all just so tempting! I'd love to have them in a tank in my living room where I could watch them all day.Most of the people who come by, are just onlookers who enjoy the view. Unfortunately for the owner, that doesn't pay the bills, and good sales probably come rarely. Now had he setup a good freshwater section, onlookers who love the SW fish but are turned away by the prices, may just settle for the more affordable FW tank.... my penny worth