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Post by texpis on 12/11/2011, 09:24

Hi All
Does anyone have any tips on keeping plants Probably should have asked before I set it up. Keeping plants always seems a bit hit and miss.
My set up is a 45 gallon tank with sand on the bottom I have no idea what plants are I have attached a pic. Where is the best place to buy plants I got these of ebay for 15 pounds delivered. Peter Barrats are 10 pound for 3 plants seems expensive.

Well I was going to post a pic but the site wont let me

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Post by Ian on 12/11/2011, 09:45

do yo have photo bucket if so you just copy the code and put it in the type box at the bottom its in more detail on the intro page

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Post by texpis on 12/11/2011, 11:34

Ha thanks for the tip but I did that and I am told I cant post external links for a week.

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Post by Ian on 12/11/2011, 11:35

ill sort that out for you mate

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Post by texpis on 12/11/2011, 12:19

Thanks Mick




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Post by Ian on 12/11/2011, 12:23

that look a nice tank mate as long as you have plenty of light the plants will grow fine

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where to buy plants

Post by Guest on 28/11/2011, 14:53

hi mate a friend of mine recommended plants alive alive of the internet i just bought some they where good quality they supply root grow tabs with the plants to get them started i managed to keep them alive this time lol so i would recommend
having a look at there website www.plantsalive.co.uk
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Post by dandy cichlids on 28/11/2011, 16:57

thought i would try out this site www.plantsalive.co.uk so have just ordered some plants they do a surplus stock plants could be any but 50 plants for £10.40 delivered lets see what they like will let you all know

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Post by mrsbiffster on 29/11/2011, 01:58

Texpis you wanted to know how to keep plants alive, well i'm currently using a co2 system in 2 of my tanks and they are thriving. I only have gravel in the tanks but the plants are throwing out roots like there's no tomorrow. The co2 has only been up and running for round about 2 weeks and the growth is noticeable.

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Post by texpis on 29/11/2011, 08:06

Hi Mrsbiffster
What does a CO2 system involve? Is it not detrimental to the fish?

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Post by mrsbiffster on 30/11/2011, 03:03

No, i have an homemade co2 in with me goldfish and one of them hang around the wooden airstone. With the loss of fish i had a couple of days ago i started doubting the co2 thinking it was that that caused the loss, but the new fish i bought don't seem to be bothered by it.
There is a thread on the forum about co2 and it's so easy to set one up. All i say is buy plenty of yeast (the bread making kind) and sugar and away you go.

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Post by Guest on 2/12/2011, 18:00

how would you go about setting a home made co2 system as i heard alot of people saying they are good but i would not have a clue how to set one up .
would probably need a diagram lol
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Post by MarcG on 2/12/2011, 18:32

http://borneosucker.blogspot.com/2010/01/diy-co2.html

This will give you a idea I think the biffster has one though. Depending on your tank size you may need two 2 litre bottles im setting up one next week. Two 2 litre bottles, 2 cups of sugar in each and tea spoon if yeast. Air tubing into a bubble counter ( the other bottle you see on that diagram . Then straight into tank with a wooden airstone. How much yeast you use determins how much co2 produced. More co2 the faster the sugar is eatin by it= the shorter time the mixture will last. Have a look on youtube loadddds of videos.
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Post by MarcG on 2/12/2011, 18:34

Use a check valve from tge bubble counter to the tank incase the water siphons out of the tank
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Post by MarcG on 2/12/2011, 18:39

You simply put holes in the bottle caps for the air tubing. You can make the hole smaller than tubing and pull it through tightley to make it air tight or use silicone and ive read some people use super glue but have had problems.

Sounds alot to do I know but when you learn it, it is simple!. The biffsters got diy co2 and im sure he has a diagram.
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Post by dandy cichlids on 2/12/2011, 23:24

this is what i got from this site www.plantsalive.co.uk t ordered some surplus stock plants could be any but 50 plants for £10.40 delivered just stuffed them in me pleco tank for now till sort them out. only small plants/cuttings but seem very healthy and showing good growth all ready


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Post by dandy cichlids on 2/12/2011, 23:25

poor pics all way lose the right side of picture using photo bucket and this site

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Post by MarcG on 2/12/2011, 23:28

Cannit go wrong for that price. I just orderd myself the 36 inch collection.
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Post by dandy cichlids on 2/12/2011, 23:41

there are more to the right like i was happy with what i got for the price like well worth a try out and plants are very health and no snails which is a bonus as most shops i have seen plant in for sale are £2 to £3 each and full of snails. think the plants i got would of cost me over £30 in any shop

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Post by MarcG on 2/12/2011, 23:43

Good to hear mate.
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Post by carpguru on 2/12/2011, 23:50

bought some christmas moss the other day
and is should of been £6.99 a tub not a big tub
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