Which plants do you guys suggest for a tropical fish aquarium?
If you plan on higher light and c02, I can help you out the best I can or point you in the direction of some execellent links on fert methods and lighting etc.
We need a little info. What kind of lighting do you have? T8, T5, compact fluorescent, etc.
How many bulbs do you have? What is the wattage for each bulb?
Not all plants are safe for fish. Some people try growing certain house plants in their aquarium. Not really a good thing. Other plants are meant to be grown emersed and not submerged. Emersed plants do well in a terrarium, they often don't do well in an aquarium. Some plants can be grown emersed as well as submersed, their leaves just look different according to how they were growing at the time. A plant that has been growing emersed will usually loose all of it's leaves when it becomes submerged but will grow new ones. The new ones will look different than the old leaves did. This type of plant is fine to use in an aquarium.
Keep in mind when you go shopping for plants, that the ones often sold in pet stores are not always really meant to be in aquariums. These types of places also provide plants for people who have terrariums, and the plant may be only suited for that purpose.
Plants that are sold in tubes in pet stores are emersed types of plants. So, these plants you need to be careful of, even though they will be in the fish section. Some will be safe to buy, others will just rot if the whole plant goes under water. Research the plant if in doubt.
Plants that are being sold in the store that are already submerged under water, are usually true aquatics or emersed plants that can be grown submerged. These plants are usually safe to buy.
Some plants like to be planted in the gravel, other plants like to be tied to things like driftwood and rocks. Java Fern and Anubias are good examples of plants that like to be tied. There are also species of floating plants. It also depends on the type of plant on how much of it gets planted. Bulbs and rhizomes are usually only partially placed into the substrate with the rest above.
Once we know what kind of lighting you have, and how much, we will be able to guide you towards plants that are suited to that type of lighting. I guess that is another thing you need to watch out for. If it turns out you have a low light tank, you do not want to buy plants that require moderate or high lighting or you'll have to upgrade your lighting, or loose the plant.
just a couple of suggestions get a c02 tank that would very much help your plants if you don't have sand in your tank. I will go look for that one that grows like crazy. brb.
thanks for the info I have no idea what kind of lighting it is alls I can give you is what it says on the bulb which is Arcadia original tropical FO18 - (24" 600MM) HIGH PERFORMANCE AQUARIUM LAMP THE PLANT GROWTH LAMP. Hope this helps.