New to Live Plants

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Well i decided to go ahead and add a few live plants to my 125, simply for the added "bonuses" that plants can give your tank, and for the look. Are there any plants i should stay away from? Are there any live plants sold from lfs that will actually effect my tank in any negative ways?

Im completely novice when it comes to live aquarium plants. These will be the first ones ive ever got, and i dont want to do more harm, than good.
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Nicki--Sue replied the topic: Re: New to Live Plants

Live plants have a habit of not lasting long in an Oscar tank... :)

One thing you REALLY need to be aware of is most often those damn plants have snails in them... Then you will have 1000000 small tiny reproducing snails in there.

I read somewhere that when you bring home a new plant you should dip it in a mild bleach solution to kill anything foreign on the plant. Then dip it in a heavily doused bucket of dechlorinated water.

Then add it to the tank... But I can't see Bleach being good for a plant...

I have started some of my house plants in a cup of water and added them once they have roots. But they didn't last long! LOL
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Capt Dave replied the topic: Re: New to Live Plants

so far the only plant that i kept is an amazon sword. Its been in there about a month and untouched (Knock on wood). What i did was i bought a fake amazon sword plant and dropped it in the tank. The oscars moved it . I moved it back to the middle of the tank and they moved it back to the same spot they moved it to the dav before. This went on for a couple of days. They always moved the plant to the same spot so i figured thats where they want the sword plant. I got a live one and put it where the os kept movin the fake one. Unmoved so far. I also have a royal plec in with the os so it is really not a good tank to be in if your a plant:unsure:

I have no idea why the water bill is so high
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jnet replied the topic: Re: New to Live Plants

My plants have been in my tank for two years and are fine; they are on bogwood and I think it keeps them protected. They do clog up your filters and I would stay clear of the grassy types as I have found they seem to just rot away. My O's are fine with them its my Dora's that use them as beds that cause the damage to them.

Good luck, plants add a lot more realistic a habitant and help clean water. :)

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Capt Dave wrote: so far the only plant that i kept is an amazon sword. Its been in there about a month and untouched (Knock on wood). What i did was i bought a fake amazon sword plant and dropped it in the tank. The oscars moved it . I moved it back to the middle of the tank and they moved it back to the same spot they moved it to the dav before. This went on for a couple of days. They always moved the plant to the same spot so i figured thats where they want the sword plant. I got a live one and put it where the os kept movin the fake one. Unmoved so far. I also have a royal plec in with the os so it is really not a good tank to be in if your a plant:unsure:


That is an extremely smart way of doing that! Ima have to try that!

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cashmoney6980 replied the topic: Re: New to Live Plants

Capt Dave wrote: so far the only plant that i kept is an amazon sword. Its been in there about a month and untouched (Knock on wood). What i did was i bought a fake amazon sword plant and dropped it in the tank. The oscars moved it . I moved it back to the middle of the tank and they moved it back to the same spot they moved it to the dav before. This went on for a couple of days. They always moved the plant to the same spot so i figured thats where they want the sword plant. I got a live one and put it where the os kept movin the fake one. Unmoved so far. I also have a royal plec in with the os so it is really not a good tank to be in if your a plant:unsure:


I actually stole your idea and did just that. I went and got a couple fake plants to mock the real ones im going to get, and have put in the tank. There is also a couple other fake plants that have been in there since i set it up, and so far i havent had any trouble, so im hoping i can get a plant or two to last in there.
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Capt Dave replied the topic: Re: New to Live Plants

it prob wont last forever but so far so good. i know i gonna come home from work one day and find that the os tipped the plant and the plec ate it:laugh: :laugh: . good luck zwilford and cash;)

I have no idea why the water bill is so high
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Kanga-Fish replied the topic: Re: New to Live Plants

The only live plants I have had much luck with are the same ones Jnet speaks of.
I cant remember there name exactly but they are a bogwood species.
Instead of growing in the gravel. you just poke the routes in to a crevice in any drift wood and they usually take hold. I held mine into position with cable ties untill routes had attatched themselves.
They grow quick and can be propergated to produce more plants in no time.
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Noddy replied the topic: Re: New to Live Plants

I found that any plant in the gravel, real or fake accumulated a LOT of dirt underneath them.
It made gravelvacuuming a pain, so i only got fake hanging plants now.
which i also have to clean throughly every month.
Algae buildts up very fast there, for they are right underneath the lights.
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cashmoney6980 replied the topic: Re: New to Live Plants

Well i received a large handful of live plants today, as an early christmas present... At the lfs, i was looking for new lighting for a planted tank...they told me that the Marine-Glo T8 lights were good for saltwater, and freshwater plants...Well i hooked them up, and they look like theyre just good for saltwater tanks. Has anyone used these lights for a planted tank? Are they ok to use for freshwater plants, just as theyd be ok for saltwater? They give off a blue looking light...its very pretty, but i just hope its good for plants as well as fish...

To be honest, i think the idiot at the lfs was completely wrong, and sold me the lights for a saltwater tank...
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