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gm72
01-17-2008, 01:33 AM
40 gallon long, sand, 80 watts, plant tabs only, no CO2.

Looking at low light plants I came across these. Any opinions or experience with them?

http://www.aquariumplants.com/product_p/ll022.htm

http://www.aquariumplants.com/product_p/ll021.htm

Algenco
01-17-2008, 01:52 AM
dwarf sag may be ok, listed as a medium light plant.
Their shipping is high.

PUNISHER VETTE
01-17-2008, 04:27 AM
My wendii and anubis seem to do well in my tank.

Dave66
01-17-2008, 04:29 AM
40 gallon long, sand, 80 watts, plant tabs only, no CO2.

Looking at low light plants I came across these. Any opinions or experience with them?

http://www.aquariumplants.com/product_p/ll022.htm

http://www.aquariumplants.com/product_p/ll021.htm

Two easy-peasys there, GM. Long as you have a good, fine fairly rich substrate, they'll grow like weeds. You'd have had difficulty finding two easier plants to grow.

Dave

OscarFan
01-17-2008, 04:31 AM
I think they look nice

Incredulous_Ed
01-17-2008, 05:52 AM
Well, I had dwarf sags in my 20gal high. Nothing but trouble. They propogated like mad, but the leaves got covered in algae. Then I put them in my 5 gallon an dthey are growing niice, green leaves. I dont even dose ferts in that tank.

slinky
01-17-2008, 07:15 AM
I just got the anubias which seem to thrive. Also got a java fern which we'll see how well it does. The other stuff you are talking about says that it grows like carpet, if that's what you want.

gm72
01-18-2008, 01:10 AM
I'd love to be able to see a minimum of sand vs. carpet of plants.

Question: Are all vals similar or are the contortion vals specifically low-light?

Incredulous_Ed
01-18-2008, 04:37 AM
they are specifically lowlight. Most vals need medieum to high light.

gm72
01-18-2008, 10:36 PM
Two easy-peasys there, GM. Long as you have a good, fine fairly rich substrate, they'll grow like weeds. You'd have had difficulty finding two easier plants to grow.

Dave

Dave, the substrate is just play sand but I'll fertilize with plant tabs. Think I'll be good with that?

Any other plants to suggest, anyone?

Dave66
01-18-2008, 10:52 PM
Dave, the substrate is just play sand but I'll fertilize with plant tabs. Think I'll be good with that?

Any other plants to suggest, anyone?

The tabs would be OK, just push new ones in every three or four months. You could probably do Crypts in that tank; start with affinis, its the 'relatively' easy one. Dwarf swords OK. Of course, if you have driftwood, Java fern and moss, though you could use Fontinalis instead of the Java moss if you like the look. Bolbitis would work on the wood if you like the overhead jungle look and have a decent current running 'round the tank. Pretty much any floater would work, Frogbit, wisteria, water lettace, whatever. Crypts would dig the floaters.
Long as you stay away from the stem plants and lilies you'd be OK.

Dave

Algenco
01-19-2008, 02:56 AM
I have some bolbitis:hmm3grin2orange:

Lady Hobbs
01-20-2008, 12:32 AM
Gm, I have only a tad over 2 watts per gallon on my 55 gallon (130 watt) and my plants are looking awesome....and in sand. My last group did really well, too. My ludwigia is growing like a bad boy and I've cut it off twice already. It might not be as red as it could be but doing nicely just the same.

Just stay away from stuff that is supposed to be deep red or flowering.

I have the contortionist vals in the back, spirals in front of those and the pymgies in the very front and all are doing well. The contortionist grow very tall, tho, but can be snipped off without hurting them or let the fall over at the surface.

These vals were just about dead a week ago. They were pretty well brown and frozen when I got them.

Easy is good!