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    Hey everyone. I'm looking into maybe switching over from artificial plants in my 38g, to live plants. I've never done a planted tank before though so I do have a lot of questions. I know plants tend to need nitrates, so will the water changing schedule have to change? Also, I'm not really sure where the best place to buy plants is, as my LFS doesn't have a huge selection. I've seen a lot of people also trimming some of their plants, does this have to be done with all plants, or just some of them? Right now I'm using an Aqueon 50 Quietflow filter, and the lighting isn't designed for plants so I'm assuming I'll need to change the bulb. Any advice at all will help. Thanks!

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    We would need more information about your lighting and substrate to give some better advice, but typically you biggest limiting factor is the light fixture it's self.

    You could always start off with some very easy low light plants, such as java moss and/or java fern. If you LFS doesn't have the plants you are looking for, see if there is a local aquarium club / society near you as many people give away or sell their plants clippings on a regular basis.

    The below thread can offer suggestions for some easy to care for plants

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    The substrate is a smaller gravel, and right now I'm using an 18" Aqueon Full Spectrum daylight bulb 17w.

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    That lighting would be adequate for the above mentioned java moss and java fern. You can also do a few of the cryptocoryne species. I have undulata and wendtii in mine and those are usually common enough plants to find. You asked about trimming, it depends on what you get. You get something like anacharis that likes to just take over a tank then yes, you'll have to trim it. But get something like an anubais and you will probably never trim it unless you wanted to propagate it. You will not need to change your water change schedule for these plants either. If you want an easy online way to get plans then PM our member Triton (if you live in the United States that is). He sells a good selection of plants and can help you decide which ones are best for your set up.
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