Plant Selection? 55 Gallon Tank

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by CherryBarb123, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. CherryBarb123Valued MemberMember

    I have a 55 gallon aquarium set up, and I HATE my layout. I like the position of my bogwood, but I hate my plants inparticular. I have come across a selection pack online which is designed for my tank size and has:

    5 x Elodea Densa
    1 x Aponogetum Crispus
    5 Eleocharis Parvulus (dwarf hairgrass)
    10 x mini Amazon Sword
    5 x Bacopa Monnerii
    5 x Twisted Vallisneria
    10 x Sagittaria Natans
    5 x Rotalla Indica

    5 x Cabomba Caroliniana
    5 x Cryptocoryne Wendtii
    5 x Hygrophilia Polysperma
    5 x Ludwigia Mullertii

    5 x Vallisneria Spiralis
    5 x Ludwigia Natans
    10 x Mayaca Fluviatilas

    5 x Rotala Macranda
    5 x Hydrilla Verticillata
    5 x Echinodorus Latifolius

    Does that seem like too much variety? I use Tetra Complete substrate with sand, and occasionally dose liquid ferts. Does this selection sound good?

  2. pirahnah3

    pirahnah3Fishlore VIPMember

    there is quite a variety there yes, however there are also some very different care requirements.

    What is your lighting? A few of those plants are high light such as the cabomba, which also really wants co2 dosed to the tank.

    Things like the swords and Vals are heavy root feeders and grow much better with root tabs.

    On the whole its a good list I would just take a look at your system before you pull the trigger and then end up losing some of them.
  3. OP

    CherryBarb123Valued MemberMember

    I have 2 T8s. They are only what came with the tank. These are the lights.

    One Power-Glo Fluorescent Aquarium Tube 30W 91.44cm (36in) T8
    One Aqua-Glo Fluorescent Aquarium Tube 30W 91.44cm (36in) T8

    They are hagen I think
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2012
  4. catsma_97504Fishlore LegendMember

    60 watts of T8 light over a 55G is low light. Most of those plants will die. You would have more success with vals, crypts, java fern, java moss, anubias....or upgrading your lighting. Maybe a T5HO fixture with 1 or 2 tubes.
  5. pirahnah3

    pirahnah3Fishlore VIPMember

    I agree Dena, one of the two needs to occour, either a plant choice change or a lighting change.
  6. OP

    CherryBarb123Valued MemberMember

    Ok, Thanks! I will change my choice of plants, eventually, I may consider getting better lights

    Would an amazon sword be ok? I already have one, and it has grown a fair amount

    Which background plants would be particularly ideal for my tank?
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  7. catsma_97504Fishlore LegendMember

    Any sword would be iffy. Meaning, sometimes they may work and sometimes not. I never had luck growing Amazon Swords in low light. For the greatest chance of success use some type of substrate fertilizers around the base of the plants.

    Taller low light plants would be vals. Jungle Vals would be a good choice. Another option would be Java Ferns.
  8. OP

    CherryBarb123Valued MemberMember

    Thanks! My amazon sword seems to be ok. I think I have jungle val, but I need to get some more. I am going to my LFS in the next couple of days so I will take a look and see what they have


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