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    Default Re: These plants have worked for me in a discus tank... (photos)

    Vesicularia sp. ''Christmas''

    http://www.tropica.com/productcard.asp?id=003A

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    Floating Phyllanthus fluitans:
    http://www.tropica.com/productcard.asp?id=028



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    Rotala macrandra (my favorite red stem plant - loves CO2 and light):
    http://www.tropica.com/productcard.asp?id=032



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    Very nice post Wahter!!

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    Default Re: These plants have worked for me in a discus tank... (photos)

    This is a great thread Walter! Thanks for taking the time to post it...So often I see people ask what plants will work well in a discus tank....and heres a great resource now to answer that!

    I've stickied this thread so its easy for all to find!

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    Very Nice! Is there a way we can see the whole tank, Walter?

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    Walter,

    I always love seeing your pictures and reading your posts. For those that haven't checked out Walter's website, please do. There is a lot of great stuff there! In fact, Marie, you can see Walter's tanks there too. http://www.aquariumhobbyist.com/disc...ank/index.html

    I just wish that he lived closer and could come help me make my planted tank look as good as all of his do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjmillerfw View Post
    Walter,

    I always love seeing your pictures and reading your posts. For those that haven't checked out Walter's website, please do. There is a lot of great stuff there! In fact, Marie, you can see Walter's tanks there too. http://www.aquariumhobbyist.com/disc...ank/index.html

    I just wish that he lived closer and could come help me make my planted tank look as good as all of his do.

    Kathy
    That video of the 2007 Aquarama Discus is great!! Definately worth clicking on the link is his sig line...Very nice site.

    He can grow some weeds as well!

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    Question Re: These plants have worked for me in a discus tank... (photos)

    Hi Wahter,
    Very nice.
    Where do you buy your plants?
    My tank is bb and I have my swords in pots.
    Any reason some of the plants you use cannot be similarly planted in pots?
    My swords have always done well withe clean water and some fertilizer, but I beleive the phosphates in tabs are the culprit re; a diacom.
    Can you recommend a good nutrient source that is phosphate free?
    Also, will the plants you have do well without CO2 as long as I use a good nutrient?
    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryon View Post
    Where do you buy your plants?
    I usually trade plants for plants with other aquatic plant hobbyists. Your best bet for getting good quality plants is to join an aquarium group like http://www.aquacharlotte.net (I think that's one in your area).

    Any reason some of the plants you use cannot be similarly planted in pots?
    I'd suggest joining an aquatic plant forum such as:

    http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/
    http://www.aquatic-gardeners.org/
    http://www.plantedtank.net/

    and reading up on the specific plants that you are interested in. For instance to answer your question, Java and Christmas moss, and Riccia have no roots - can't be planted inside a pot. Anubias and java fern grow via rhizome which will rot if you bury that under a lot of gravel. You'll need to find out what conditions some plants will need if you want to grow them or else they'll just die out after a few weeks and you'll need to buy new specimens again to replace them - no one wants to do that. You can also read a good aquatic plant book, such as Aquarium Plants by Christel Kasselmann.

    My swords have always done well withe clean water and some fertilizer, but I beleive the phosphates in tabs are the culprit re; a diacom.
    Not sure what a diacom is, but I think you mean diatom. They usually show up as brown algae from silcates/ silica. Sometimes increasing the intensity (not duration) of lighting will keep this under control, otherwise otocinclus are great at getting rid of the stuff.

    Can you recommend a good nutrient source that is phosphate free?
    Plants are going to need some phosphates, unless you're tap water is very concentrated in phosphates, you'll probably just need to get some otocinclus.

    Also, will the plants you have do well without CO2 as long as I use a good nutrient?
    The plants extract carbon from CO2 for photosynthesis, I don't think you're going to find much to substitute for that. Flourish Excel is a good product that has an organic source of carbon, but I haven't noticed as good of growth when using that versus CO2.

    http://seachem.com/products/product_...rishExcel.html

    Your best bet is to check with other aquarium people in your area and see what works for them in terms of keeping plants. For instance, some areas of the US have very hard water, others have softwater, some have lots of iron in their water, others have copper. All of these are going to affect how your plants grow and what you need to supplement for the shortages of nutrients in the water.

    Hope that helps.



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    Default Re: These plants have worked for me in a discus tank... (photos)

    Thanks for sharing! Why isn't Amazon Sword plant on that list?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAMTHOMAS View Post
    Thanks for sharing! Why isn't Amazon Sword plant on that list?
    Amazon sword is most often a generic common name for plants. Amazon swords are on the list but Walter has used their proper name, everything starting with Echinodorus belongs to the Amazon sword family.
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    Ludwigia arcuata (this plant is native to some states in the USA), but the emerged (out of water growth) is vastly plainer (two of the photos show the green leaves) compared to the red narrow leaves of the submerged growth. I took some extras out and placed them in a pan on my deck. This plant is often sold in it's emerged state in many shops (because that's how the plant farms grow it).

    http://www.tropica.com/productcard_1.asp?id=035



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    I'd like to see a picture of your entire tank.

    Thanks for this post, i found it interesting.
    <3 kat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wahter View Post
    Riccia fluitans (sinking and floating forms)

    http://www.tropica.com/productcard_1.asp?id=001
    We just added a bit of Riccia to our discus tank, it looks fantastic either as a trimmed product or left to get a bit wild, thanks for the tip!

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