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I am looking to start my first planted tank and was wondering where i can get plant packages to fit a 55 gallon. Any ideas?
 

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There's also http://www.aquariumgarden.com/

And aquariumplants.com is also supposed to be a good source. But for the best deals, the sale/trade forum on this site is usually best. If you are near a larger city, you can check if there is a planted tank club there and join that. Then you'll never have to buy plants.

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I have bought plants from these 2, which are located in Florida since I am near by.:
aquaticplantdepot.com. Ph: 813-621-4213
cah925 member of APC [email protected]

If you buy plants that were grown with injected Co2 you will need to add ferts until they acclimate to your tank. I found this out the hard way. I have found that CSM+B, or Flourish comprehensive and KNO3 helps.

I was just thinking, I know some beginners spend a lot on their 1st group of plants and loose a lot to algae. Algae, which I have found the hard way, is due to imbalance of lights and Co2 or and nutrients. So you might think of getting a few cheap plants at a LFS, like Anacharis and Bacopa, and see what happens.
 

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I don't agree with Dawn Twister (no offense, please), about having to add ferts if you get your plants form CO2 high tech tanks. All the plants we buy from the big plant companies were treated differently than they will be in our tanks. The plants may go through acclimation in the form of just halting growth, some have leaft melt- like crypts, but then return and sprout again. (BTW I have NEVER had a crypt melt and I have several types in my tank.) If you have a balanced tank, whether high or low tech the plants will adapt. Algae is from tanks not balanced. If your plants end up covered with algae you can try excel applied with a dropper directly to the plants.

I have purchased from the big companies, from the LFS, from overseas, and from hobbyists here. BY FAR the best plants, health, variety, and portion amount has been here. If I were just starting out I would buy a package from someone on the ForSale forum. The only thing you have to be careful of, is that you buy the right plants for your set up. Don't buy a high light difficult plant when you have a low light set up and you are just beginning. You have to match the plant to your set-up. That's where the plantfinder comes into play! :D Check it out. It's great.
 

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I don't agree with Dawn Twister about having to add ferts if you get your plants form CO2 high tech tanks. All the plants we buy from the big plant companies were treated differently than they will be in our tanks. The plants may go through acclimation in the form of just halting growth, some have leaft melt- like crypts, but then return and sprout again. (BTW I have NEVER had a crypt melt and I have several types in my tank.) If you have a balanced tank, whether high or low tech the plants will adapt. Algae is from tanks not balanced. If your plants end up covered with algae you can try excel applied with a dropper directly to the plants.

I have purchased from the big companies, from the LFS, from overseas, and from hobbyists here. BY FAR the best plants, health, variety, and portion amount has been here. If I were just starting out I would buy a package from someone on the ForSale forum. The only thing you have to be careful of, is that you buy the right plants for your set up. Don't buy a high light difficult plant when you have a low light set up and you are just beginning. You have to match the plant to your set-up. That's where the plantfinder comes into play! :D Check it out. It's great.
Thanks Tex Gal
 

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Right now i have a couple stems of Dwarf Sag. Four leaf clover and a sword plant. I will give them some time and see how that goes. I am also injecting pressurized CO2.
 

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Right now i have a couple stems of Dwarf Sag. Four leaf clover and a sword plant.
I have the 4 leaf clover too. Posted a thread about it, for a lot of the leaves went black. Got info from others that it is grown immersed and takes a while to acclimate. 1 person cut it down 2" before planting.

Tex Gal is more experienced than I so listen to her. Possible plants shipped to me didn't do well because the tap water is very soft with a high ph which indicates it is treated excessively with chemicals.

Just found out cause of my plant problems from Avalon at planted tank.net are:
Plants tend to only melt when there is a significant change in the KH of the water they came from to the KH of the water they currently inhabit. The KH break points appear to be approxiamately 4-6 and 10-13 in my experience.
 

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I don't agree with Dawn Twister (no offense, please),
No offense taken. I am still learning. I really appreciate it when I am corrected.
 
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