Plants and nitrates

  1. Dave125g

    Dave125g Fishlore Legend Member

    I'm new to having aquatic plants. To be honest I thought it was gonna be too much work, and were limited to 1 color. My nitrates have never been lower then 10 ppm, sometimes as high as 40 ppm. I always do 50% weekly water changes. I recently added 4 small plants. To my amazement, my nitrate levels are now down to 5 ppm. And my fish love the plants.
     
  2. el337

    el337 Fishlore Legend Member

    Live plants make all the difference. Glad to hear you and your fish are loving them. :)
     
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    Dave125g

    Dave125g Fishlore Legend Member

    In all my years of fish keeping, I never thought I would. But, there really quite beautiful.
     
  4. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    Since I've started planting my tanks, I can't go back! Every tank is a jungle, and I love it. Welcome to the club!
     
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    Dave125g

    Dave125g Fishlore Legend Member

    Yea it's great, my tetras love spawning over the swords. I wish I could get fry, but my corys see to it that it will never happen.
     
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    Dave125g

    Dave125g Fishlore Legend Member

    Do you know if plants have any effect on PH?
     
  7. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    Not that I've noticed.
     
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    Dave125g

    Dave125g Fishlore Legend Member

    Ok was wondering . I have very hard water my PH is any were from 8.0-8.4 . I hope that don't hurt my plants.
     
  9. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    My pH is 8.2 and I have no issues with the plants I have!
     
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    Dave125g

    Dave125g Fishlore Legend Member

    Thank God I'd hate to lose my new plants
     
  11. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    What species did you get? Do you have a favorite yet?
     
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    Dave125g

    Dave125g Fishlore Legend Member

    I have a java fern, a giant corkscrew Val, an Amazon sword,and another type sword(not exactly sure which) I like the java fern and Amazon sword. Not sure which is my favorite tho.
     
  13. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    You should try crypts! Most are easy and low-light, and they're my favorite!
     
  14. CROWNTAILBETTA

    CROWNTAILBETTA Well Known Member Member

    +1 for the crypts! I have 2 in my 30 gallon and they are thriving, and I'm new to plants.
     
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    Dave125g

    Dave125g Fishlore Legend Member

    Will definitely give those a try. I got plenty of room for more plants
     
  16. foreverlearning

    foreverlearning Valued Member Member

    Since my husband got some anubias barteri in his tank (20 gal) I gotta admit I like them too. Hence why I added lots of plants to my new tank (5.5 gal) while I wait for it to cycle. Got anubias, crypt wendtii, java fern, moss ball, and we split a batch of taiwan moss between our tanks
     
  17. Mifuluhu

    Mifuluhu Well Known Member Member

    Nice post! I decided to plant my tanks for the first as well and am addicted! I can't even look at those plastic plants anymore
     
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    Dave125g

    Dave125g Fishlore Legend Member

    I here ya live plants for me from now on. The funny thing is there about the same price as the plastic.
     
  19. TexasDomer

    TexasDomer Fishlore Legend Member

    And they reproduce by themselves, so eventually you can stop buying them and still have more to plant.
     
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    Dave125g

    Dave125g Fishlore Legend Member

    Yea I didn't think about that. Lol try to get that out of fake plants.