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    What are your favorite freshwater plants? Please share!

    Hey y'all,

    What are your favorite plants? I'm looking out to buy some new plants but I'm not sure what to get. Share some pictures of your own plants and experiences with them.

    I will be growing them under these conditions:

    Substrate: Eco-complete, dosed with ferts.

    Awesome lighting: ??? (Please recommend good lighting fixtures, LED perferably).

    CO2: Yes CO2(the wallet hurts ).

    I may, or may not be injecting CO2. Please let me know if your plants require CO2. I don't want to get my hopes up .
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    I like alternanthera reinicki, crypto flamingo, staurogyne repens, crypto parva and crypto nano.

    These need a pretty strong and full spectrum of light to grow properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Shades View Post
    I like alternanthera reinicki, crypto flamingo, staurogyne repens, crypto parva and crypto nano.

    These need a pretty strong and full spectrum of light to grow properly.
    What kind of lights do you run your plants under?

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    I currently running a 37g tank low tech no co2 with a nicrew light and mr. aqua substrate
    My plants in the tank:
    Ludwegia repens
    Blyxa
    Limnophilas mini
    Java fern
    Anubias nana
    S repens
    Dwarf sag
    Crypto
    It's simple and they're very easy to keep. It's not too late to add some kind of aqua soil. I went with mr. aqua cause it has minimal cloudiness when added and plants started rooting a week later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanR View Post
    What kind of lights do you run your plants under?

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    On a 29g at 18(?)" height, i a finnex 24/7. It barely cut the mustard. I would do a fugeray for those, or just about anything more powerful.

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    Best cheap lighting for a 29G tank. 2-3 clamp lights $6 each and 26w CFL 5000k-6500k $2-4 each

    My man @Kole85 can attest to the good ol' clamp lamp cfl combo

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    Those are definitely the least expensive options, but they also have some amazing dimmable LED bulbs that go in those clamps as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by regormang View Post
    I currently running a 37g tank low tech no co2 with a nicrew light and mr. aqua substrate
    My plants in the tank:
    Ludwegia repens
    Blyxa
    Limnophilas mini
    Java fern
    Anubias nana
    S repens
    Dwarf sag
    Crypto
    It's simple and they're very easy to keep. It's not too late to add some kind of aqua soil. I went with mr. aqua cause it has minimal cloudiness when added and plants started rooting a week later.

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    That's a nice aquarium you've got going there. Your substrate looks good with those plants. Definitely have to think bout putting ludwegia in my tank.

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    Thanks! planting stems like ludwegia into eco complete is no fun when u hear a snap. Lol but depending where u are I'm going to be trimming them soon. We can work something out
    Quote Originally Posted by AlanR View Post
    That's a nice aquarium you've got going there. Your substrate looks good with those plants. Definitely have to think bout putting ludwegia in my tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by regormang View Post
    Thanks! planting stems like ludwegia into eco complete is no fun when u hear a snap. Lol but depending where u are I'm going to be trimming them soon. We can work something out

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    Yeah, I might just go with eco complete capped with fluval stratum. I may even just only have fluval stratum.

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    I like the cap option that's what I did. Makes a good filter.
    Quote Originally Posted by AlanR View Post
    Yeah, I might just go with eco complete capped with fluval stratum. I may even just only have fluval stratum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by regormang View Post
    I like the cap option that's what I did. Makes a good filter.

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    Eco-complete has a high CEC(cation exchange factor), so it will suck up a lot of the nutrients that you add with ferts. This feeds your plants. Eco complete just kinda looks ugly and raggidity buts it's cheap. I'm going to have a external filter in my tank. I'm thinking about feeding one of the tubes with in-going water under the substrate. That way, gunk is being sunked into the filter and out of the substrate and water flow will force ferts into contacts with eco complete. This is my theory anyway. Now sure how well it works.

    How do the two substrates work for you?

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    The easiest one would be Crypt species, for look(colored plant) is rotala Sunset and Ludwigia Pantanal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanR View Post
    Eco-complete has a high CEC(cation exchange factor), so it will suck up a lot of the nutrients that you add with ferts. This feeds your plants. Eco complete just kinda looks ugly and raggidity buts it's cheap. I'm going to have a external filter in my tank. I'm thinking about feeding one of the tubes with in-going water under the substrate. That way, gunk is being sunked into the filter and out of the substrate and water flow will force ferts into contacts with eco complete. This is my theory anyway. Now sure how well it works.

    How do the two substrates work for you?

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    I was using a knock off version of eco complete it was pretty much black gravel. So I wasn't getting enough nutrients for my plants. I kept half of it when I decided to get mr. aqua on top. Now during water changes I'm not doing gravel vacuums or needing to root tab/ferts. Still pretty new at this but ever since adding the top layer my plants have grown and tank has been very healthy.

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