[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]
Re: Plants for a shiner tank
Sajjad Lateef wrote:
I am about to setup a tank for some Redfin Shiners. I bought this
tank used with a UGF. I plan to add at least 1.5 inches of gravel on
of the UGF and grow some plants. Any suggestions on what kind of
get for the tank<<
Well my first love is Aquatic Plants but I am far from an expert. On
the aquatic plants mailing list the following just came in from Karen
Randall on a similair question. She is what I would call an expert in
One other thing, if you can, loose the UGF. The plant roots will get
in the plate and make a mess. Some folks grow plants with UGF but they
are not recommended. Plain gravel is not the best substrate but plants
will grow in it. You might want to add a little fertilizer every once
in a while.
I'm more than willing to tell you the limited list of what grows well
water without strong light and supplemental CO2, but I think the list
varies greatly depending on your exact tap water parameters. It also
varies for me depending on the substrate.
In _general_ we find that the plants people are most likely to succeed
in low light (below 2w/g) tanks without supplemental CO2 are:
Cryptocoryne wendtii (some other commercially propagated Crypts as
Depending on water chemistry and substrate, I'd add the following, and
of these will grow reasonably well at 2w/g and minimal CO2
under many water conditions:
I'm sure I've forgotten some, but off the top of my head, this is a
plants that I consider pretty safe for beginners to choose from with a
strong possibility of success. Once the tank is established and
well, you can afford to experiment with other species that might or
not do well under low-moderate light conditions. As always, YMMV.
"easy" for one experienced aquatic gardener to grow, might be the
<From Karen Randall>
Hope this helps some!
"Consider carefully what you hear", he continued "With the measure you
use it, it will be measured to you -- and even more. Whoever has will
be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken
from him." Mark 4:24,25
www.airnet.net/kudzu/ "Kudzu's Christian Clipart Collection"