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korweabo0
10-25-2010, 04:33 PM
well, this is a continuation of: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aquariumforum/showthread.php?t=70306 , which was a thread about a fish i was hoping to base my tank on.

to finalize my decision - i'm wanting to know what type of plants i should go for. i'm an extreme novice when it comes to plants so please baby me with the names(no scientific names, but americanized names!).

since this fish is a surface dweller(much like the arowana) it tends to need some type of floating plants for cover. i would like to have 1 type of floating plant, but you can recommend me as many as you want. preferably ones that do well in low-light in case i can't upgrade my bulb in time. i also plan on having an iwagumi type feel to this tank, so i hope to cover most of the floor with dwarf hairgrass, or whatever seems to be the majority voted/recommended. although, i'm hoping to make the substrate sand - so i'm unsure of how i'll be able to cover most of the floor with DHG or any kind of "grass"..

so basically, i'd like some help on what type of plants i should try and aim for that are able to survive in low-light conditions or without CO2 injection - just in case i can't upgrade my bulb in time.

thanks

korweabo0
10-25-2010, 05:45 PM
i'll go ahead and add something to the above post since i can't edit it now:

could anyone who is experienced in the "Iwagumi" area - mind helping me come around to a rough idea to what type of stone/driftwood to lean towards for this tank? or direct me to a website or two where i can at least get an idea of how to properly scape the tank(basically, somewhere i can get "inspired")

i'm not fully decided on the African Butterfly Fish, but if i do decide on it i'm hoping to have an "African River" theme to the tank.

korith
10-25-2010, 09:23 PM
This site http://plantgeek.net/plantguide.php has a large database of plants, you can narrow down the plants you see based on lighting conditions.

For a floating plant I was thinking dwarf water lettuce, it will reproduce fairly quickly, but it's easy to manage. You could go with frogbit but it can get out of control fairly quick.

Dwarf hairgrass and other carpeting plants will most likely need high light or co2 to really grow in, that would be a challenge with your current lighting.

korweabo0
10-25-2010, 09:41 PM
This site http://plantgeek.net/plantguide.php has a large database of plants, you can narrow down the plants you see based on lighting conditions.

For a floating plant I was thinking dwarf water lettuce, it will reproduce fairly quickly, but it's easy to manage. You could go with frogbit but it can get out of control fairly quick.

Dwarf hairgrass and other carpeting plants will most likely need high light or co2 to really grow in, that would be a challenge with your current lighting.


yeah, it was expected to have to switch bulbs, use CO2 or use both. but thanks for the website!

pillairp
11-15-2010, 04:28 PM
This site http://plantgeek.net/plantguide.php has a large database of plants, you can narrow down the plants you see based on lighting conditions.

For a floating plant I was thinking dwarf water lettuce, it will reproduce fairly quickly, but it's easy to manage. You could go with frogbit but it can get out of control fairly quick.

Dwarf hairgrass and other carpeting plants will most likely need high light or co2 to really grow in, that would be a challenge with your current lighting.



thanks its really a useful site