Plant Selection

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JamieM created the topic: Plant Selection

I thought I would start a thread for plants as quite a lot of us do have them even though they are not Oscar friendly.
Some of the plants you get at the LFS just do not have enough information on them and it is not until you have them home and in the tank for a couple of weeks that they wither due to wrong temperature or lighting.
I will do a search for the plants I have and add the information for myself and members benefit.
I remember someone not that long ago asked me what plants I had in my tank. I was also asked what my set up was, Temp and especially lighting......

My set up I have just finished is a cold water tank just room temperature maybe 66c. I have an 'Aqua One' lighting unit with 2x39 watt (blue/pink).
I got some new plants that are as follows on the little tabs....

Plant 1 Which I always assumed was the Amazon swords but probably wrong...
Echinodorus cordifolius ssp. fluitans
Plant 2 Alternanthera reineckii'Pink' (roseafolia).

If anybody has info and would like to add to the thread feel free.I know there are a few people that are into the names and needs of plants such as liquid feeding (pro's and cons) and a few tips would be great.... cheers
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JamieM replied the topic: Re: Plant Selection

Reading up on the first plant I got some info for it.



Echinodorus cordifolius......

A comparatively fast-growing Echinodorus, suitable for large aquariums. Unlike other round-leafed varieties of the species, Echinodorus cordifolius ssp. fluitans is less likely to grow up over the water surface. If it grows large enough, it forms large leaves just under the surface instead.

These plant are recognised as some of the most beautiful and robust aquarium plant on the market. Over 150 different varieties are normally available for freshly harvested delivery.

Part of the world .. South America
Country .. Mexico
Temperature .. 20-30ºC
pH tolerance .. 5-8

•Hardness tolerance .. very soft-very hard
•Easiness .. very easy
•Height .. 20-40cm . Width .. 15-30cm . Light .. low-very high
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JamieM replied the topic: Re: Plant Selection

Alternanthera reineckii



There are 170 identified species in the Alternanthera genus. Alternanthera reineckii, first imported into the Netherlands in 1965 under the name Telenthera osiris, is one of the few species that will grow submersed. This plant grows along the banks of rivers which periodically flood during the rainy season. Kasselmann describes five forms of this plant, of which Alternanthera reineckii 'roseafolia' (also known as Alternanthera reineckii 'Pink') is the easiest to cultivate and the most common in the trade.

Although Alternanthera reineckii 'rosaefolia' can be grown with lower light levels and without CO2 supplementation, it will not reach its true growth potential. Moderate to high lighting (2-4 watts per gallon) and CO2 injection is more ideal. If kept in low-light tanks, the lower leaves tend to fall off. This species can grow well in both hard and soft water, although soft, slightly acidic water is best.

This plant, unlike most other red plants, prefers rich conditions with high nitrates (10 ppm or more) and high phosphate (0.5 ppm or more). If grown under lean conditions under very high light, substrate fertilization placed at the roots will greatly enhance growth and overall health.

Initially, plant each stem separately. This species is easily propagated by nipping off the terminal bud and planting it in the bottom. This also makes the mother plant more bushy, because more side shoots are formed.

The purple color underneath Alternanthera reineckii 'roseafolia' leaves provides an effective contrast to the many green plants in an aquarium�particularly when planted in groups. Three to five strong specimens can be used for the background area to help accent the shades of green aquarium plants. Although uncommon in Nature Aquarium layout designs, this is the most popular red plant used in Dutch style aquariums.
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Cichlid2011 replied the topic: Re: Plant Selection

Good topic Jamie going to be adding some live plants to my O's tank soon.

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jnet replied the topic: Re: Plant Selection

I have just put some willow moss in my tanks and the fish seem to like it. it's not fully established yet but I am hoping it will grow over my driftwood and look good. My oscars have not bothered with it yet. :)

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Necromancer4 replied the topic: Re: Plant Selection

here jamie i moved your thread into the plant section of the forum and made it a sticky for you so it will always be at the top of the section.......;)

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Capt Dave replied the topic: Re: Plant Selection

Anarchis is an excellent growing cold water bunch or floating plant. Heatthy if eaten by the fish too

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JamieM replied the topic: Re: Plant Selection

Necromancer4 wrote: here jamie i moved your thread into the plant section of the forum and made it a sticky for you so it will always be at the top of the section.......;)


Cheers cris I thought I had done that my mistake sorry.......:)
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