Help With A Couple Unnamed Plants

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Got these at a LFS. They were just labeled as assorted. Employee didn't know much either.

First one is a bit purply.

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2nd one looks like some kind of moss connected to wire.

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3rd one was floating in a bunch on top of the water.

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4th one. Already in my tank.

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1. Scarlet temple. Needs good light and ideally CO2, but mines doing alright without CO2. Needs ferts.
2. Some kind of moss, unsure.
3. Hornwort, leave it floating.
4. Moneywort. Needs root tabs.
 
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Wow thanks for the fast response!

I have Leaf Zone for fertilizer.

I used Seachem Flourite for my substrate. I thought I remember seeing that root tabs aren't needed in that? I could be wrong, I'm new.
 

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vicvega said:
Wow thanks for the fast response!

I have Leaf Zone for fertilizer.

I used Seachem Flourite for my substrate. I thought I remember seeing that root tabs aren't needed in that? I could be wrong, I'm new.
You should be fine without root tabs then :)
 
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MissNoodle said:
You should be fine without root tabs then :)
Great!

Is moss good for Freshwater thanks? I don't even know why I bought it. Will it spread to driftwood/rocks if I prop it next to some?

Along with the moneywort I have some Crypts, Anacharis and Giant Hairgrass(Those were labeled :)) in my tank. They seem to be doing fine. Have some pretty bad looking Amazon Swords in a separate 10 gallon tank that I put all my stowaway snails in. I've got about 15 snails that came with these plants.

I've been really getting into aquatic plants since I can't add fish to my tank yet.
 

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The moss looks like java moss it's great In freshwater tanks and easy care. It grows quick and will attach to any textured surface
 
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Falena said:
The moss looks like java moss it's great In freshwater tanks and easy care. It grows quick and will attach to any textured surface
Oh cool! I've heard of java moss lol.

Here is a better picture of the moss in my snail tank.

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Moss is fantastic for a fish tank. Its aquatic moss.

Its the terrestrial moss that won't do well in water long.

Sword plants need root tabs/proper substrate and liquid ferts to thrive. Plus good light. But theyre fairly hardy.
 

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Falena said:
The moss looks like java moss it's great In freshwater tanks and easy care. It grows quick and will attach to any textured surface
Also attaches to smooth surfaces and grows like crazy. But it is easy to control and is great for reducing nitrates in the tank.
 

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MissNoodle said:
1. Scarlet temple. Needs good light and ideally CO2, but mines doing alright without CO2. Needs ferts.
2. Some kind of moss, unsure.
3. Hornwort, leave it floating.
4. Moneywort. Needs root tabs.
Good call!
 
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johnbirg said:
Also attaches to smooth surfaces and grows like crazy. But it is easy to control and is great for reducing nitrates in the tank.
I wrapped the moss-wire thing around a big rock in my tank.

Reducing nitrates? I thought I wanted nitrates?
 

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Once your tank is cycled nitrates will continue to rise as ammonia and nitrite is broken down. That's one of the reasons for regular water changes. Excess nitrates can lead to nitrate poisoning. We try to keep them between 20 - 40. Long term exposure to 80+ will have detrimental effects on fish health.
 
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johnbirg said:
Once your tank is cycled nitrates will continue to rise as ammonia and nitrite is broken down. That's one of the reasons for regular water changes. Excess nitrates can lead to nitrate poisoning. We try to keep them between 20 - 40. Long term exposure to 80+ will have detrimental effects on fish health.

I see. Not at that level yet. My nitrates are around 10 and a 2.0 ppm dosage of ammonia is gone in a day but my nitrites aren't going down yet.
 

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Yes - that's normal. The nitrite converting bacteria take longer to establish than the ammonia converting bacteria. That's why you hear about the nitrite spike. Once you have sufficient nitrite converting bacteria the nitrites will drop and nitrate will increase. Keep dosing ammonia and you're on the way to being cycled.
 

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vicvega said:
Oh cool! I've heard of java moss lol.

Here is a better picture of the moss in my snail tank.
Lovely! That'll go bonkers and look amazing in no time! Especially once you get those ferts going :)
 

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