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Beautiful One
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CARE OF PLANTS

Our aquatic plants, although grown under closely supervised and controlled conditions, do require some basic care. This page contains a few practical suggestions that should help to maintain your plants in fine condition, and in turn make your hobby more active and rewarding.

Carry your plants upside down. Be sure to do this. The reasoning is that plants grown underwater have soft flexible stems and they can be broken or damaged if held upright.

Trim plans before planting. Our plants already come with a weight to aid in holding them down. However, it would be prohibitively expensive for the harvesters at the nursery to trim the stems as well, so someone else must. Simply remove the weight, trim as many leaves from the stem as is practical, then replace the weight in a spiral fashion but not too tightly. Some plants will survive without this simple procedure, but more often leaves under the weight rot over the first week or two, and this causes the stem to deteriorate at the base and the rest of the plant to surface. Some advocate letting the plant float suspended in the water until roots develop (two to three weeks) and then removing the weight altogether before planting. This is wonderful for those who have the time and patience, particularly if a spare tank is available.

Do not use too coarse a gravel. Many choices are available and your retail merchant can help in pointing out the best choices for optimum plant growth. Depth of gravel should be a minimum of three and preferably four inches. Color is irrelevant.

Maintain adequate lighting. Recent research in lighting indicates that the intensity of the lighting is even more critical than the duration. A typical color enhance bulb, such as gro-lux, may be adequate for a ten gallon (or other 12 inch high aquariums) but taller tanks need a higher degree of luminance. Some modern reflectors or hoods have the capacity to hold two bulbs. If this is the choice you make, we strongly suggest that two entirely different type of bulbs are used. Once choice would be an enhance bulb in front so that your fish show their best advantage, and a bulb more advantageous to plant growth in the rear.

Remember to use fertilizer. The old adage that fish droppings will fertilize the plants is partially true. Modern filtering techniques are often rendering the aquarium too sterile. Most liquid fertilizers, in addition to replacing needed trace elements and minerals, actually aid in changing fish droppings into substances that are more easily absorbed by the plant's roots. A good liquid fertilizer may be adequate for a beginner's aquarium or even one of smaller dimensions. However, those wanting optimum results, especially for swordplants, anubias varieties, cryptocorynes, and any plants that send runners to reproduce, would be wise to also purchase one of the many products available that apply fertilizer directly to the gravel.

When planting rooted plants, it is critical that they not be placed too deeply in the gravel. When planting, hold a rooted plant between your thumb, index and middle fingers. Gently drill a hole with the foremost finger and remove your fingers after reaching a selected depth. Then pull up on the entire plant very gently until you can actually see the top of the root structure. This is less critical among cryptocorynes than among swordplants, and is an absolute necessity with pigmy chain swordplants.

Prune you plants periodically. It is generally advisable to place some plants toward the rear of the tank in order to hide the less attractive lower plant sections as well as offer both a contrast and feeling of depth. Then, midrange plants are placed with another level of rocks or other decorations. Lastly, small foreground plants in the very front complete the descending motif and further hide the bottoms of the plants immediately to their rear. Most of this is common sense, but this initial plan can go astray if some pruning isn't done as the plants mature. When selecting plants for tank placement, pay attention to how rapidly they grow and what height they will eventually achieve. In general, bunch plants grow rapidly while rooted plants grow much more slowly.

Avoid an undergravel filter if at all possible. There are instances when I have heard of successful plant growth while using an undergravel filter, particularly one of slow water turnover. But in general it's not a good idea. If you must have one, or if you already have one and don't want to remove it, consider leaning heavily on potted plants.

Be careful of medications. Some medications that are not directly harmful to fish can be lethal to plants. Dyes such as malachite green and methylene blue should not be used. In addition, many antibiotics can be equally dangerous. There are medications available that are less harmful. Carefully reading labels is always a necessity before introducing any foreign substance that can affect the balance of an aquarium's system and should be followed for plants as well as fish.
 

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OPEFE
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Great info...thanks for share pcrose!
 

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yes thanks for sharing ... you should hve just posted highlites here and then gave us the link for the full debriefing... but thank you very much again :smile:
you think we should have a planted section?
 

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Beautiful One
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http://www.thekrib.com/Plants/

This has lists of plants both in and out of the US and it connects with a lot of other useful links
Ph, Fertilization,algae,Plant people
I hope you will make this a forum I think I am doing this right if I am not please say so, so I can help get this forum going.
 

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Beautiful One
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http://paul.aaquaria.com/home/Home.htm
Paul's Aquatic Plants
Glossary
Botany
Conditions
Profiles
Planting
Propagation
Pruning these are what you can find on this page
Conversions
Awards
Links
Forum
Websearch
It isn't linking for me but you can type in the site and you can design the forum however you would like X.
If anybody wants to include their pictures of the plants they have now in the tank that would be helpful as well and tell us how you take care of them, this will be much appreciated.
 

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joey'd is da man
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lol pcrose you can send me this information - or post it here if you like - but I am writing plant factsheets for PFury, but all the info you collect will make the end result that little bit better.

and if you want to help write them you are more than welcome


but I don't think this is the forum for posts like this, as this is the suggestions forum
 

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Beautiful One
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you wish,
for now I will just give a brief description along with links for the board
 

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Beautiful One
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http://www.aquabotanic.com/

http://www.brainyday.com/jared/aquarium/info.htm

http://www.algone.com/plants.htm different kinds of algae to identify so you can cure any problems.

http://www.plantedtank.net/linksstores.htm this is links for everything you can think of plants, buying fish, automatic feeders etc.

http://www.aqualink.com/plants/general.html plant drawings and care like the rest of the links.

http://www.tropicalfishcentre.co.uk/Plants.htm

http://www.bestfish.com/plants.html Why to have plants and what you should get type of thing.

http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~zr8h-kk/englis.../tank_data.html small snippet of some dudes tank data. you can use this as an example of scheduls and such and which works best.

You guys can see which ones you like the best so we know which to use for the forum for future reference.

http://www.animalnetwork.com/fish2/aqfm/19...tic/default.asp aquatic horticulture info

http://www.azgardens.com/newbestaquarium2002.html pics of underwater gardens

http://www.vectrapoint.com/main/manual/bm31.html lighting info from aqua journal

thats it for now there are thousands of sites but I am weeding through them to make sure you don't get a retarded site.
 
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