How to grow plants without getting algae?

jpfootball

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HI guys its me again. I have a question, so I want to put two live plants in my 55 gallon tank but I don't want to risk getting another algae bloom even tho they don't happen very often I still don't want that too happen and I don't want there to be agae all over my tank like crazy, a little bit is fine but I don't want it to be like on the glass, I don't want it to be crazy But yeah anyways hiw should I go about that??
 

CoryBoi

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Adding plants to an aquarium will not trigger an algae bloom, too much nutrients or light will.
 
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jpfootball

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Oh ok. How abt the algae growth will live plants effect that in anyway?
 

CoryBoi

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If anything they would lessen an algal bloom, as they take in some of the same nutrients as algae.
 
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jpfootball

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Oh ok that was actually very helpful that's man I appreciate it. And I have one more question, I DO NOT HAVE ALOT OF GRAVEL in my tank I only have enought to cover the bottom so should I add a little more were the plants are going to be or what?
 

CoryBoi

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What type of plants are you adding?
 
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jpfootball

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I honestly don't know yet but there gonna be medium sized plants if that helps
 

CoryBoi

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jpfootball said:
I honestly don't know yet but there gonna be medium sized plants if that helps
Some plants need to be atached to wood while some need to be planted, if they need to be planted you will need more substrate.
 
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jpfootball

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They will need to be planted but yeah ok thanks

Hey guys I have another question, how long should I keep my tank lights on for
 

jinjerJOSH22

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jpfootball said:
Hey guys I have another question, how long should I keep my tank lights on for
6-8 Hours is a good average imo.
 
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jpfootball

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Ok. Should that change depending on like how much light you have, bc I have a huge window in my living room and idk if that would be like too much light
 

jinjerJOSH22

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jpfootball said:
Ok. Should that change depending on like how much light you have, bc I have a huge window in my living room and idk if that would be like too much light
Typically you want to keep tanks away from direct sunlight as it can cause a huge amount of algae growth. A lot of this is going to be trail and error to get a schedule that works for you and your plants.
 
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jpfootball

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Ok thanks
 
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