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I hate plastics, need some suggestions

Discussion in 'Planted Aquariums' started by latazyo, Nov 27, 2002.

  1. latazyo

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    I have a very natural looking brackish tank, but all the plants are fricken plastic, and they bring the tank down, are there ANY plants that can survive in brackish (we're at about 1.008 spec grav, not sure if that's important)

    my substrate is sand, also not sure if that's important

    my lighting is a regular bulb that came with the hood, but I won't mind upgrading IF NEEDED

    thanks in advance to anyone that can help me out

    Leighton :confused:
     
  2. OrionGirl

    OrionGirl No freelancing!

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    Most plants won't do well in a brackish tank--nor will they survive the attentions of many BW fish.

    However, you can try some of the anubias plants--they are hardier, and have lower light requirements. I'd start with one, and then get more if it's doing well a month later.

    Another option you could try would be silk plants. Many places are using silk now--it looks more natural than plastic, and is easily arranged and cleaned. Make sure the silk plants don't have any exposed metal (used for rigidity), as this will quickly rust in your tank. Otherwise, they look better than plastic, IMO.
     
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    Leighton,

    I agree with Orion Girl about the various silk plants that are out there. I use them in both of my GF tanks.

    As for plants, depending on the tank, you could try mangroves. They need to grow above the water (there's a word for this, post-emergent, or something like that), but their roots definitely do well in brackish waters. I'd go to a nursery and special order mangroves, but it can be done.

    Val
     
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    I think Java fern might be a good plant to try, it has moderate light requirements and I've head that it does well in hard water. It also has a distinction that you don't plant it but rather attach it to a rock or piece of wood, so your substrate isn't a big issue. But the big advantage with cichlids or bracks is that it can be "re-arranged by fish " or owner without uprooting the plant.

    Try here too http://www.disky-design.dk/fish/PlantSearch/PlantSearch.html
     
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    You might have a problem finding plants that will survive in water with a gravity of 1.008. I believe the upper limits of many FW plants is about 1.005 (although I could be wrong).

    Try java fern, I've heard of people have success with this plant. They are easy to maintain as well, just tie them to a rock and put it in your tank. They can thrive in low lighted systems.

    HTH
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    http://www.wetwebmedia.com/BrackishSubWebIndex/bracplants.htm

    This link has info from Fenner, so should be reliable. He lists several plants that can be in bracksih conditions, as long as they are acclimated properly. This makes sense--poor acclimation is a leading killer in marine/brackish critters as well.
     

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