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  1. Swords to best with enriched substrate (substrate like dirt, ecocomplete, aquasoil) or gravel with root tabs. They will grow in low light but they grow quickly with LOTS of light. Fish favorites are soft/tender leaf plants, but it can easily be a waste of money to continually buy plants that get completely eaten. I recommend any floating type of plants that grow quickly. Mainly any floating plant: water lettuce, duckweed, frogbit, water wisteria, etc. Most floating plants grow fastest with low-high lighting and fishes love to eat 'em. If your fishies like them too much, you may have to make a farm container to keep them out until there's enough to feed them the extras. We have guides on how to do that on this forum. Fishes generally don't eat thick leaf things like anubias, java fern, and swords. That's why people recommend them, so they don't get completely chowed down. In my experience, I have had no problems if I bleached/PP. Except if the plants came from an outdoor pond... I could never quite kill aphids with either solution. (But I hear diatomaceous earth helps)
  2. That will happen. Lol!Someone on the forum said plants and snails go together like peanut butter and jelly. I say fish and snails go together like "steak & lobster". Nice one!! It is so true.
  3. I love your picturebook story. And that last line really cracked me up. "Now I have fry I try to tell them they can't do that. They are sisters and brothers. But don't think they listen lol"
  4. WOW! Good job. What a lucky snail. I had a pond snail in a "betta bowl" with my grow-out plants. A younger family member dumped all those contents into my big tank of single tails and Lizzy got eaten. lol
  5. Beautiful! Love your natural look. Glad you were able to get that water lettuce. You look like you've had your comets for a looong time. Got any cool stories? (:
  6. Very cool!! Are they compatible with goldies? What exactly do they eat?
  7. On my 40long, I enjoy having two AC70s. It really minimizes the gravel vac time because they suck up the crud from both sides now. I used to spend forever with my arm in the water.
  8. I have two AC70 filters at both ends of my 40 gal, which is also 4 ft long. I think it's more effective than just upgrading to 1 big filter because it creates more circulation and can better clean both sides of the tank. It has greatly reduced my gravel debris and gravel vac time. Plus, there's always a fully working filter every time one of my filter intakes get clogged, which admittedly is more often with a planted tank like mine. It also sounds like you might have greenwater, the suspended algae in the water that is more healthy for fish but unsightly on the eyes.
  9. These would be perfect for a shrimp tank. Nice find! I'm sure people more into hardcore aquascaping would find these sites very useful.
  10. AWWW. I've never gotten all 3 of mine to do that. My smallest one is so shy. Love your chu.
  11. You should cut off all but 1/2 inch of the bleached roots if you haven't already. They all fall off in a weeks time into your filter. They grow back quickly of course.
  12. Very nice!! I'm also surprised by how well the trip went for them. Good job on the tubing. Looks very aesthetic. I tried to do something similar for a smaller tank in the past, and all my lettuces zipped under the line. XD You're doing a great job so far, and I bet they'll really prosper for you.
  13. Hooray! I'm so excited for you. Getting my first batch of water lettuce was one of the highlights of my plant career (for terrestrial and aquatic plants, given my previous track record).
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