1st Timer! Buying Plants Friday!! Do I Need Co2?

MsRiss

New Member
Messages
37
Reaction score
12
Points
8
Experience
Just started
How important is it to have co2 when starting plants? Is this something that I need to get Friday before I get the plants. I haven't done much reading on co2 but have read it can harm fish. I won't be adding fish for some length of time due to my tank not being cycled yet but do plan on adding fish. I'm looking into buying Anubias Nana, Water Sprite, and some vallisneria. I will be researching co2 but unsure if I definitively need it or not. Of coarse I want my plants to grow quickly which I understand this helps it to but dont want to harm fish in the future. Any help is appreciated!
 

mimo91088

Valued Member
Messages
289
Reaction score
184
Points
53
Experience
5 to 10 years
Shouldn't need CO2 with those plants. I keep those plants in one of my tanks and have never used CO2. Pretty heavily planted too.
 

JenC

Well Known Member
Messages
1,692
Reaction score
1,059
Points
128
Different plants have different lighting and fertilizer/CO2 requirements. Just choose those that fit the environment and they should be fine; they're typically categorized as low/medium/high light and yes/no for CO2 required.

They have different planting methods too, e.g. anubias not buried and vals buried with crown just above the substrate, so just check which method is best for your chosen plants.

The three you mention aren't demanding and don't need CO2 but vals grow better with higher light.

Amazon sword, java fern, and java moss are easy, undemanding plants. You really can't go wrong with them.

A water column fertilizer will benefit all plants and root tabs will feed root-feeding plants if your substrate is inert.

Remember to dip and QT plants before adding them to your display tank.

Dipping Plants to Eliminate Snails
 

mimo91088

Valued Member
Messages
289
Reaction score
184
Points
53
Experience
5 to 10 years
Snails aren't a bad thing in my opinion. The much maligned bladder snail is a welcome part of the ecosystem in my tanks. Don't overfeed and their population won't get out of control.
 
  • Thread starter
  • Thread Starter
  • #5

MsRiss

New Member
Messages
37
Reaction score
12
Points
8
Experience
Just started
Different plants have different lighting and fertilizer/CO2 requirements. Just choose those that fit the environment and they should be fine; they're typically categorized as low/medium/high light and yes/no for CO2 required.

They have different planting methods too, e.g. anubias not buried and vals buried with crown just above the substrate, so just check which method is best for your chosen plants.

The three you mention aren't demanding and don't need CO2 but vals grow better with higher light.

Amazon sword, java fern, and java moss are easy, undemanding plants. You really can't go wrong with them.

A water column fertilizer will benefit all plants and root tabs will feed root-feeding plants if your substrate is inert.

Remember to dip and QT plants before adding them to your display tank.

Dipping Plants to Eliminate Snails
Thank you!!
 

JenC

Well Known Member
Messages
1,692
Reaction score
1,059
Points
128
Snails aren't a bad thing in my opinion. The much maligned bladder snail is a welcome part of the ecosystem in my tanks. Don't overfeed and their population won't get out of control.
A lot of people like snails but other things like ich and other parasites, planaria, hydra, algae and bacteria, etc., can also hitchhike on plants. Inspection, dip, and quarantine can't guarantee they won't be introduced but it can mitigate the risk.
 

mimo91088

Valued Member
Messages
289
Reaction score
184
Points
53
Experience
5 to 10 years
A lot of people like snails but other things like ich and other parasites, planaria, hydra, algae and bacteria, etc., can also hitchhike on plants. Inspection, dip, and quarantine can't guarantee they won't be introduced but it can mitigate the risk.
Fair point. Can't argue with that.
 
Toggle Sidebar

Aquarium Calculator

Follow FishLore!





Top Bottom