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plant novice

Postby timbo6684 » Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:57 am

I have an all male peacock tank with sand substrate and I was curious what type of live plants I can throw in there with minimal upkeep. I've never kept aquatic plants before and I thought I'd try it out. Thanks
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Re: plant novice

Postby DJRansome » Sat Jun 02, 2012 12:07 pm

Try java fern and anubias tied to rocks. You will need reasonable light (6500K or 6700K) for 8 hours daily.
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Re: plant novice

Postby bbortko » Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:01 pm

Anibus and Java fern are idiot proof. I picked up a fluval chi and placed both of them in there tied to driftwood then completely forget the tank had a light for the next 2 months and they did as well as when they were in a tank with hot5s. 6 months later they are still thriving under the miniscule t5 and no ferts.
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Re: plant novice

Postby timbo6684 » Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:05 pm

Are there major differences in the species of anubias that I should watch for or are they all pretty much the same.
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Re: plant novice

Postby bbortko » Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:12 pm

I've had 4 or 5 different ones, can't remember which ones but differences were all aesthetics. There may be a couple that are a but touchy but I haven't seen them.
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Re: plant novice

Postby DJRansome » Sun Jun 03, 2012 10:48 pm

Go with the barteri for your first time...they are usually the easiest to find anyway.
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Re: plant novice

Postby vann59 » Sun Jun 03, 2012 11:53 pm

bbortko wrote:Anibus and Java fern are idiot proof.


Hey hey hey! I know a really smart guy who had some Java fern die, not me of course, but this guy I know... and they just turned brown until they finally just had roots left, and then he ditched them, or at least that's what I heard.
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Re: plant novice

Postby NeptunesNeighborhood » Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:38 am

sounds like an algae problem. Haha, no worries, I've lost Anubis before...
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Re: plant novice

Postby littleolme » Mon Jun 04, 2012 12:11 pm

We haven't had awesome luck with java fern either. Our anubias is great though, don't know why one is doing so well while the other kind of stagnates.
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Re: plant novice

Postby vann59 » Mon Jun 04, 2012 12:34 pm

littleolme wrote:We haven't had awesome luck with java fern either. Our anubias is great though, don't know why one is doing so well while the other kind of stagnates.


This has been my experience, er um, my friends experience too. But he has algae on his anubias leaves. He wants the algae to grow on the rocks, not the plants.
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Re: plant novice

Postby timbo6684 » Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:09 pm

How do I attach the plants to decor in the tank?
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Re: plant novice

Postby bbortko » Tue Jun 05, 2012 6:32 pm

I attach Java fern and anubis with fishing line. For Java moss I like to use superglue.
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Re: plant novice

Postby DJRansome » Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:43 pm

timbo6684 wrote:How do I attach the plants to decor in the tank?
Fishing line is permanent but invisible. Thread will eventually rot away after the roots attach. I like to pinch the roots between 2 rocks.
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