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Default Suggestions for begginer plants

I have a 30 gallon freshwater tank with a 17W Light. Any plant suggestions for begginers? And is there a certain type of gravel or something i need at the bottom?
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Default Re: Suggestions for begginer plants

You need at least 1 watt of light per gallon to have reasonable success with even the simplest of plants. I don't know what substrate you now have, but if the grains are a 1/16" to 1/4" dia mix it will work for beginning plants.......Read the plant topic at the top of the main forum page.....Picking the easiest low light plants is the way to start.
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Default Re: Suggestions for begginer plants

I have plants in medium gravel in two tanks and plants in sand substrate in another tank. These tanks are lit by the tank hoods and also ambient sunlight in the spring and summer.

Water Wisteria and java moss are two of the easiest plants. some plants can tolerate lower light and will adapt, other plants need higher lighting to do well or will die.

If you go to liveaquaria.com and look at their live plants they list what type of lighting the needs of the specific plant are, also there are many plants that they don't list that can be purchased for your aquarium.

I look at the pet stores around me, look at the web, and look at the fish auction sites (no not ebay, but you could look there too) to see what specie of plant are available and what they are selling for.

Good luck with your plants, I hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine.

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Thanks! Awesome! I have medium gravel and i will upgrade to a better light than get some plants.
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I have been growing java moss and anacharis for a while now. No special lighting, I use what came with the tanks. I use eco complete substrate. I was using seachems ferts but have stopped. Those two plants are supposed to be easy to grow but it has been a challege to keep them free of black beard algae. I have a good clean up crew, my nerita snails and amano shrimp but I still have some BBA after months of none. Some ppl have a knack for growing live plants. IMO any live aquarimum plants are a challenge. Good luck with them and let us know how it goes for you.
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I bought a Wisteria to start. I'll let you know how it goes.
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Plz do. Pics would be great too.
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I bought a Wisteria to start. I'll let you know how it goes.

So, how is it going? I have been fighting the idea of live plants. I know I need more lighting.
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With my stock lighting the Wisteria is doing great! No problems at all 17W in a 30g tank. Unfortunately my cichlids like to rip it out of the gravel every now and then but that thing grows anyway. No maintenance with it yet, just put it in and let it grow.
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That sounds good. Is it the only live plant you have?

I really don't want something that requires a lot of maintenance.
I really like the idea of everything being real in the tank.
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