anacharis questions

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1. Do they need Co2 or Fertilizers?
2. Will it do fine with just sun light?
3. Will it do fine in an unheated tank?

Thanks a lot!
 

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I just put some in a new tank last friday , here's the before and after. No direct sunlight at all, using 36w 12k and 36w actinic blue lights for about 10-12h a day. No fertilizers. there are other plants in there now but the anacharis is in the same position

*edit* added a few more pics sorry for blurry
 

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nice looking tank jetajockey

1. CO2 isnt really absolutely needed for anacharis, especially in a well stocked tank, fertilizers do help a good bit although liquid CO2 such as flourish excel is known to melt anacharis

2. sunlight would be fine for anacharis, it is commonly kept in ponds so provided it gets enough sunlight it should be ok. What type of tank are you planning on putting the anacharis in? a lot of times if you put an aquarium in direct sunlight it will just grow a ton of algae and really won't show off your fishes' colors nearly as well

3. Anacharis will do perfectly fine in an unheated tank, in fact I believe it does best in slightly lower temperatures
 

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Don't use liquid carbon ferts for anacharis 'cause it will melt.
 
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The inhabitants are Fire belly newts, not fish. It is indirect sunlight. It doesn't get much algae. I will probably put some in my tropical fish tank too (with lights) if I get some. Thanks all!
 

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I'm not sure if indirect sunlight would be enough for anacharis, it does require somewhat decent lighting most of the time
 
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I guess I could try it, and if it looks poor I could switch it over to my fish aquarium. Thanks!
 

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sounds good, best of luck
 
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Thanks a lot!
 

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I use excel in my tank and the anacharis is growning the best at of all my plants.
 
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What is excel? A fertilizer?
 

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its meant as a liquid to replace CO2 injection providing a different means for your plants to take in carbon, the compound they use can be harmful to many plants in higher doses, however. High doses can kill algae as well as anacharis in many instances. If you dose every other day rather than every day, supposedly it should be fine with anacharis, I wouldnt really risk it though, if you feel like buying any type of supplement for the anacharis I would go with a good liquid fertilizer
 
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