Simple things a newbie should know about live plants

littleslayer15

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I was thinking about getting a live plant but I wasn't sure about it, but I went to get a new fish and I saw that some live plants were 50% off so I jumped on this deal. I don't know what type it is because there were lots of different plant in one tank (I know it might be bad not knowing the type of plant because you won't know how much light it will need). Right now I am floating the bag it came in (I don't know if you need to or not) so any tips would be appreciated.I would like to get some more deepening on how this one goes but most of them are beaten up with some of their leaves been brown how much harder would it be to keep beaten up plants? Also if it is necessary I can take a picture of the plant and post it.
 

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I'm far from a plant expert, but there are a lot of them around here. Definitely going to need pictures or at least a name before anyone can give you advice though.
 

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Can you take some pictures of it? Not all plants are aquatic ( even though the pet store may have them in their tanks ) so its always good to know what kind you are working with.
 
Plants have different light requirements.... some are middle of the tank, some front of the tank. Many are very easy to keep and seem to grow despite being rammed by our fish and subject to our ineptitude!! A picture would be a great idea. It will help us identify the plant and give some advice about positioning in the tank, growth rate and what to expect as it grows.
 
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Also the leaves aren't in the water only the root are is this ok?

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If those pictures aren't good enough I can maybe get some clearer ones. I am also wonder if plants can survive the nitrogen cycle because the tank I am planing on putting it in it just starting out, if not I can put it my already established old 10 gallon tank until the cycle is over.
 
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It will be fine in the cycling tank, actually it would quite enjoy it.

As for the basics, light is the important part, once you figure out what you want to do for plants then we need to light the tank and then decide on fertz
 

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sorry those aren't much better but that may be the best I can do.

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My plant does look like a bacopa caroliniana but I can't say for sure since I have never identified a plant before.
 
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