I have the easy ones now, cryptos and java fern and anubias and onion plants. I'll probably do some more of the same because I don't want to go all out on the lighting.Hi!
Cool FireCracker. What species of plants are you thinking of?
I added plants and I keep rearanging them and now I just have to figure out how to keep the plants alive...aquarium plants are like regular plants to me..I have nooooo luck and yet I keep trying
As a newbie, I was told from the fish guy aka pet store, that having plants is like having another species in the tank....id love to have some but not sure where to begin to know what kind for the fish I have..not to mention lighting ....ill read more and learn !! cause they are beautiful
Hi!I have the easy ones now, cryptos and java fern and anubias and onion plants. I'll probably do some more of the same because I don't want to go all out on the lighting.
We're going to replace our Parthenon decoration with a big chunk of driftwood next week probably, and then get some more plants to put around it.
Hi!yea, HI tan.b!!!
All of my tanks have some plants....not what I would say are really "planted tanks". Mostly low light plants that don't take much work. They do give spots for fish to hide though, and cover for shrimp...also interest other than the driftwood, and soften the landscape a bit.
That's one of the reasons I love planted tanks. The thing I don't love is the fact plant newbies like me tend to get a bit of algae!The other very cool thing I find with plants is that they are ever changing growing and alter your scape day after day. In turn giving my fish some change to there habitat, and since its a closed system and they can't just swim to a new area of a stream like in the wild, it gives them alittle bit of change where normally there would be none. And its just plain peaceful to watch a shoal of happy fish glide in and out and around the plants in a tank, as live plants just have a flow to them in the current that fake ones will never have.
And they just plain are good and healthy additions to a tanks well being if they are healthy and growing well, which is key a dead or dying plant will be a negative load on a tank, but a very heavily strong growing habitat will soak up nutrients at a unbelievable pace. I am 10 months into a test on my 50 gallon tank, that is well very overstocked (the cardinals alone break the 1 inch to a gallon rule) and my fish are very bright and healthy and I have yet to have a sign of toxins at all. I am only doing a 5 gallon water change on normal weeks and a 10 gallon change on pruning weeks, and I have not had a trace of ammonia or nitrite and my nitrates (always under 10 ppm) and phosphates are barely high enough to keep up with the plants growth.
Granted this is the only tank I highly overstock and I am not promoting overstocking, was more of a fert test and I still have a way understocked tank to rehome in if I decide to do so. But watching 38 cardinals shoal amongst the plants sure is fun to watch. And since the overstocking is based of a fish that thrives in numbers (and a good clean up crew of shrimp and ottos) and not 10 of this 10 of that 10 of this 10 of that etc there is no pestering or spooking what so ever going on.