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Discussion in 'Plants, Ponds & Planted Tanks' started by Digital, Nov 16, 2017.

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    #1 Digital, Nov 16, 2017
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    I want to redo my son's tank of corys and tetras with PFS and decided to try some plants. Two weeks ago. I went to an auction in Raleigh and people were paying over 20 bucks for rare plants. Can someone recommend a few species of hardy plants that are affordable and won't overtake the tank the first time I'm gone a week. This is for a 40g breeder that currently has tetras and corys.

    Next time I can drive for work up to MD I will pick up some electric blue rams from Fank, which will be the center piece for this setup.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    Java ferns and anubias are good for beginners.
     
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    I would do some species of anubias (anubias nana recommended) or maybe Valisneria which is a very fast growing plant that grows extremely tall but can be cut!
     
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    While the recommendations by Dan and Felipe are tried-and-true, and will certainly work, why don't you tell us more about this tank? What kind of light does it have? What's your maintenance regimen? Are you opposed to adding fertilizing to your maintenance schedule?

    And, what sort of look are you going for?

    I ask because you may have more options than you think.

    Blaise
     
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    @Blaise

    I do weekly water changes. lights are DIY led strips. I'm not opposed of adding fertilizers as long as they are not really expensive.

    Do the fertilizers cause problems with any fish species?

    The look? I read that rams do better in tanks with plants. So, plants that they feel comfortable around would be my preference.
     
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    Do you know what the spectrum of the LED's you are using is? I had a previous LED hood that the light spectrum was terrible for plants, while they did not die, they also did not grow. The LED fixture I have now is 6500K and plants grow fine.

    I don't add any ferts, but do use root tabs.

    If you want some free plants, I can get you a bunch of Jungle Vals (tall grass like plant on the right) and some Four Leaf Star Plant (narrow leaf tall plant towards the middle) as well as some stem plants that I cannot remember the name of. You would just need to pay for shipping.

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    I could clip and send some Anubias to you if your are interested. PM me for details. I can also give you some tips on how to grow them.
     
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    With a 40B a lot of folks will use 2 light strips so they get better coverage. You could probably grow something tall and leafy, like some of the sword plants. Crypts would also work well for you.
     
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    #9 Digital, Mar 2, 2018
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    Ok - I splurged and have the light coming tomorrow.
    NICREW ClassicLED Aquarium Light, Fish Tank Light with Extendable Brackets, 48-Inch, 32 Watts https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XYKD67V/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_n8AMAbQ7TX485

    I don't want to run co2. is the API liquid fertilizer enough for the ferns and anubius that were recommended above? The substrate us PFS.

    I hope to start planting next week.
     
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    #10 Digital, Mar 2, 2018
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    Also forgot that I moved everything from the 40 to a 75 that I picked up off craiglist for a steal.
     
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    If your lighting is good and you keep it reasonably stocked, you likely won't even need ferts. I grow all mine without ferts. I use root tabs for rooted plants just to get them started, but I don't use anything once they get going. I don't fert my anubias either and they grow like mad.
     
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    No ferts for slow growers like java fern and anubias.
     
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    Those sound like winners to me!
     
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    Let me know how that light fixture turns out. Seems like a good price and highly rated but that always makes me a little skeptical....ya know to good to be true thing
     
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    I got it on an Amazon lightning deal for $35. I couldn't pass it up. I can't make my own light for less than that.
     
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    That's a great deal I'll have to keep my eye on it for another sale
     
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    Add it to your wish list. When enough people add it to their wish list then Amazon has a lightning deal on it.
     
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    This light is awesome. 20180304_160725.jpg
     
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    I have a nicrew. It doesnt have any red leds and the cord is a tad short. Its not bad for the money.
     
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    Do you still have plants available?
     
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