Aquarium Decoration (Rocks, Plants and Substrates) • plants for 20G Tang. tank ?

For discussion of aquarium aquascaping.

Moderators: CjCichlid, notho2000

plants for 20G Tang. tank ?

Postby Shaky » Sat Jun 23, 2012 7:07 pm

My plan is to put a small Tanganyikan set-up in the classroom. The substrate will be sand and the filter will be a HOB Marineland. Rocks and shells will be the arrangement. I don't know if I'll put a light over the tank or not. At the moment, I dont have the funds or a spare one. The fish will be five 1" calvus to grow out. I'm considering a shell-dwelling species as well.
I'm attempting to plan some plants for it and have some questions.
I will not add any plant growth formula or CO2 to the tank. This will be a super low tech tank, catering only to fish.
With that said, I still would like plants in it.
I'm thinking a species of anubias, Java fern windelov, and Java moss.
With those paramaters, can these plants do well?
Shaky
 
Joined: Thu Jan 02, 2003 6:34 pm
Location: Austin, TX

Share On:

Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter

Re: plants for 20G Tang. tank ?

Postby Vamze » Sat Jun 23, 2012 7:48 pm

Those plants will do very well in almost any setup. Make sure they get more than 6 hours light per day, and you should be good. All those plants are extremely hard to kill. Make sure you don't plant the java fern directly in substrate. Tie it to a rock or similar.
720 liter Tanganyika tank.
60 liter Apistogramma Cacatuoides (one pair) tank.
User avatar
Vamze
 
Joined: Thu Feb 16, 2012 8:14 am
Location: Denmark

Re: plants for 20G Tang. tank ?

Postby DJRansome » Sat Jun 23, 2012 7:57 pm

I'd want at least 8 hours of light daily...but you don't need really high wattage. Be sure to mention to your students that Lake Tanganyika does not have plants in the rocky and sandy areas where the shellies and calvus live.
125G Aulonocara, Malawi Haps, Vics (trial), S Polli
75G Demasoni, Labs, Cyno hara, Met estherae, S Multipunctata
75G Calvus, Caudopunctatus, Cyp Kerenge, S Petricola
33G Neo omnicaeruleus; 33G Flameback Kisumu; 33G P nyererei Igombe; 33G Hap ruby green
User avatar
DJRansome
Global Moderator
 
Joined: Sat Oct 29, 2005 8:30 am
Location: Boonton Township, NJ

Re: plants for 20G Tang. tank ?

Postby Shaky » Sat Jun 23, 2012 10:42 pm

Thanks for the quick replies. Good info.
D'you think classroom fluorescent lights for @ 7 hrs will work well enough? Only one tiny window in my classroom.
DJR, good point, I'll let them know. It would be nice to recreate the lake more accurately.
Shaky
 
Joined: Thu Jan 02, 2003 6:34 pm
Location: Austin, TX

Re: plants for 20G Tang. tank ?

Postby DJRansome » Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:18 am

I think you will need a light on the tank unless the tank is at the ceiling or in the window.
125G Aulonocara, Malawi Haps, Vics (trial), S Polli
75G Demasoni, Labs, Cyno hara, Met estherae, S Multipunctata
75G Calvus, Caudopunctatus, Cyp Kerenge, S Petricola
33G Neo omnicaeruleus; 33G Flameback Kisumu; 33G P nyererei Igombe; 33G Hap ruby green
User avatar
DJRansome
Global Moderator
 
Joined: Sat Oct 29, 2005 8:30 am
Location: Boonton Township, NJ

Re: plants for 20G Tang. tank ?

Postby timbo6684 » Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:59 am

Fyi I used gel super glue to attach anubias and fern, much easier fort me than attaching with tiny string.
timbo6684
 
Joined: Sun Aug 29, 2010 7:09 pm
Location: Phoenix

Re: plants for 20G Tang. tank ?

Postby Shaky » Sun Jun 24, 2012 5:36 pm

I plan on using a rubber band
Shaky
 
Joined: Thu Jan 02, 2003 6:34 pm
Location: Austin, TX

Re: plants for 20G Tang. tank ?

Postby zquattrucci » Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:49 pm

hey i think you should try craigs list for your light just put a post and tell them what you need it for that it was for your class i think there are others out there like me that would give it to you i would but im in missouri also hear is a site with some good pic of what it looks like under the lakes surface so you have an idea of what you are looking for hope that helps you some http://www.flickr.com/photos/fishwhispe ... otostream/
zquattrucci
 
Joined: Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:27 pm
Location: lake ozark Mo

Re: plants for 20G Tang. tank ?

Postby zquattrucci » Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:53 pm

there is about 800 examples on that page lol good luck
zquattrucci
 
Joined: Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:27 pm
Location: lake ozark Mo

Re: plants for 20G Tang. tank ?

Postby Shaky » Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:16 pm

zq, those photos are brilliant. Thanks so much! And for the suggestions.
Shaky
 
Joined: Thu Jan 02, 2003 6:34 pm
Location: Austin, TX

Re: plants for 20G Tang. tank ?

Postby zquattrucci » Tue Jun 26, 2012 3:52 pm

no problem enjoyed looking through them myself and best of luck on craigs list
zquattrucci
 
Joined: Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:27 pm
Location: lake ozark Mo

Re: plants for 20G Tang. tank ?

Postby bwestgsx06 » Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:09 pm

Following this
bwestgsx06
 
Joined: Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:24 am
Location: Ft Walton Beach

Re: plants for 20G Tang. tank ?

Postby Anthraxx8500 » Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:03 pm

its a bummer you dont live closer id be glad to donate a light to your cause. i really cant imagine you having trouble finding someone in a local aquarium club that would help donate some supplies. (we all like to hook the new generation early) if it ends up that nobody else will help id send u a fixture for shipping costs. anyways GL to ya and thanks for getting more people into cichlids. i personally would just go shellies or brichardi myself. the parenting dynamic and the fry rearing would be neat to watch for students. had a similar experience in 3rd grade with my teacher who would hatch salmon fry grow em out and then release em into a local river to help the population. was a neato thing for each class each year to watch a new generation grow up. just my thoughts on the matter
Anthraxx8500
 
Joined: Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:51 pm
Location: Washington

Re: plants for 20G Tang. tank ?

Postby zquattrucci » Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:38 pm

Anthraxx8500 wrote:its a bummer you dont live closer id be glad to donate a light to your cause. i really cant imagine you having trouble finding someone in a local aquarium club that would help donate some supplies. (we all like to hook the new generation early) if it ends up that nobody else will help id send u a fixture for shipping costs. anyways GL to ya and thanks for getting more people into cichlids. i personally would just go shellies or brichardi myself. the parenting dynamic and the fry rearing would be neat to watch for students. had a similar experience in 3rd grade with my teacher who would hatch salmon fry grow em out and then release em into a local river to help the population. was a neato thing for each class each year to watch a new generation grow up. just my thoughts on the matter

was looking to get into shellie myself i have a post you should give me some ideas on :thumb:
zquattrucci
 
Joined: Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:27 pm
Location: lake ozark Mo


Return to Aquarium Decoration (Rocks, Plants and Substrates)

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest