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Low Maintenance Plants
February 10, 2011
11:13 am
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Malti
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thinking of putting up a planted tropical tank 50x50x50

what low maintenance plants would you suggest? - what type of lightening do they need?

Already have a plant (forgot its name) grows like crazy, planted or floating...but wanted something abit different.

thanks

February 10, 2011
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Ha! I'm setting up a Juwel 60 litre tank this weekend for some African Leaf Fish I've picked up today. As the lighting supplied is rubbish I'll be after low lighting species with the intention of still having it well planted too.

I'm thinking Anubias barteri 'nana' or 'coffeefolia' tied up to some bogwood.
Java fern 'Narrow Leaf' probably tied onto some Sumatran driftwood. I think this cultivar version is much nicer than looking than the regular Java Fern. Just my opinion though...
And some Salvinia natans (I don't particularly like it, but it's hardy and should provide some cover).

You could also get away with Green Cabomba, Amazon swords, Ruffled swords (Echinodorus amazonibus) easily enough. Echinodorus tennelus is supopsedly very easy to grow too. Only this particular species isn't much good from my suppliers so I've stopped ordering it in. So never had the chance to try it in low light conditions first hand.

I have noticed (based on observations in my plant 'stock tanks' that Nymphae rubra and Aponogeton ulvaceus appear almost bomb proof and always grow well. Though your tank may be a bit on the small side for the latter and the former will probably need trimming back a bit. I've had the Aponogeton grow at 5" per day too!

Hope that helps.

February 10, 2011
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thx mate /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> just looked up the plant's name I have atm Ceratophyllum demersum...will see what I can get of the others after I build a cover with light in it...

thats what you get when you do tanks yourself...

February 12, 2011
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I have always wanted plants - but never the work that comes with it, thus I found following solution. Due to fish depending on lots of fresh water, I have fresh water entering the tanks around the clock, means fertilizer would get flushed out quickly. So I made a bunch of tests years ago and since that I am using mainly root feeders (Echinodorus, Cryptocoryne, Nymphae, ...). I plant them in pots with fine sand (0,2mm) and inject certain normal liquid plant fertilizer as well as certain fert. sticks (for details I can look the spec's up - don not use just any that may be fatal).
The system has prooven great with little work and almost no "pollution" of water with trace elements etc. I also add CO2 from a 10kg bottle, that way it stays afforable.

February 13, 2011
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Think Jarcave covered it nicely - only thing I would comment on is the Tenellus, in my expereince it does much better in high light set ups or shallow tanks - tall tanks just don't allow the light to reach it and while it survives it doesn't really thrive.

February 23, 2011
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You could always take a look at Cryptocoryne wendtii and affinis also.

Both do OK in low levels of light.

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