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Old 12-28-2013, 08:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all! I'm hoping you plant people can help me out, as talking to the folks at my local store can only get me so far.

I want to add some not-so-common plants to a few of my tanks. All of my tanks are low light, low-tech, heavily planted or in the process of being planted. One of the tanks I need to add to has livebearing fish in it, and they like to nibble on the soft parts of the plants. The other is a betta rubra tank, and they never bother the plants at all. They much prefer meaty foods

So far, the most unusual plant I have is scarlet temple (sold as some other plant that's a terrestrial flower) or possibly my umbrella plants. I don't even know if those guys can grow underwater but I suppose I'll find out.

The livebearer tank substrate is potting soil and gravel, the rubra tank is flourite and sand cap. Both seem suited well enough to heavy rooting plants, so those are in, as well as any floating plants, tie to driftwood plants, etc

Anyway, if anyone could help me out with some interesting plants that might suit these tanks, please do! I'm also interested in finding some unique floaters!
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Old 12-29-2013, 12:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Not-so-common, means hard to get. Bucephalandra species are the first that come to mind. Available on this forum from time to time, very low light, very hardy, not so common. But more do come up, keep watching the for sale sector.
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Anubias 'Snowflake' is stunning.....but pricey!! It has beautiful white leaves when it is in the right conditions. Bill
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Not-so-common, means hard to get. Bucephalandra species are the first that come to mind. Available on this forum from time to time, very low light, very hardy, not so common. But more do come up, keep watching the for sale sector.
I know I'm not opposed to scouring the web, or hunting around on forums I'll be trawling the sale area here regularly, just because it's fun and I like to try new plants and other things.
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Cryptocoryne affinis, some decades ago very common, now rare in the hobby (but I have the feeling that it is being rediscovered by some more aquarists lately), very easy at low light and regular (if at least moderately hard) tapwater. Practically the only way to get it is from other aquarists as it is not usually in trade.

You don't write which livebearer you have, but in my experience livebearers (including Goodeids) leave Cryptocoryne alone because of the microscopic oxalate-needles in the leaves.
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Guppies, Endlers and Swordtails. I will definitely have to look into Crypt affinis. I know a store that sells it sometimes
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The only times I have seen it in in a store, is when a plant enthousiast brought it there (usually either an employee or a regular customer), because as far as I know it is not grown in wholesale quantities by any nursery (excluding a plant of uncertain identity which I still haven't seen myself).

So if you have seen it for sale, it might pay of to ask, perhaps they can get it for you. It which was very popular when the technique of an aquarium consisted of a single TL-light, an air-pump driven filter and perhaps a heater ... Your fish will for sure leave it alone, actually they are rather plant friendly species imo.
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It's an online store, actually, they carry a lot of stuff I haven't seen anywhere else. Although recently it hasn't been there >.> So I'll have to check around.

I'm curious if anyone knows how difficult it is to find rotala wallichi? That's one I haven't seen in any store except Peabody's Paradise and they have stopped carrying it.
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