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I would like to put some live plants in my 40gal. I have just normal pebbles as substrate.And if possible i would not like to do the co2 way. Whats plants are really easy to keep. Thanks
 

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I would like to put some live plants in my 40gal. I have just normal pebbles as substrate.And if possible i would not like to do the co2 way. Whats plants are really easy to keep. Thanks
Well, the good part is that.. even if you have a densely planted tank in your 40 gallon, you don't need CO2 gas mainly because it's just to help with the photosynthesis cycle. By creating glucose.

Also. Before I go any further... what type of light do you have?

Like how many watts and what is the kelvin rating? 6000 K? or 10,000k?

Please get back to me, and then I can help with more info other wise you'll be having to stick with low light plants such as crypts, anubias nana, purple waffles, and java ferns.
 

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I have kept many a low-light tank, and the very easiest way to start out is with the plants mentioned above, except that purple waffle is a bog plant and is not an aquatic plant - they will not do well long-term submerged. Also avoid plants like Dracaena and Liriope, commonly sold in pet shops as aquarium plants, both of which are terrestrials.

I just recently took down my 55 with java fern (regular and lace), Cryptocorine walkerii, Anubias nana, java moss, and aquatic lily. This tank basically took care of itself and I did nothing but water changes and fed the fish, with lush plant growth. It is a great way to start out. Other plants require more lighting, which will mean fertilizers and CO2 to combat the algae that will grow with increased lighting.

You can achieve a nice easy low-light setup with about 1.5 -1.7 watts per gallon (roughly - this rule has variables, but on a 40g you can just calculate this by the wattage of the fluorescent bulbs you have).
 

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java moss, java fern, and anubia are all low-light, hardy plants and are good to start with.
those are the ones I know, but theres of course many more.
 

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I have kept many a low-light tank, and the very easiest way to start out is with the plants mentioned above, except that purple waffle is a bog plant and is not an aquatic plant - they will not do well long-term submerged. Also avoid plants like Dracaena and Liriope, commonly sold in pet shops as aquarium plants, both of which are terrestrials.

I just recently took down my 55 with java fern (regular and lace), Cryptocorine walkerii, Anubias nana, java moss, and aquatic lily. This tank basically took care of itself and I did nothing but water changes and fed the fish, with lush plant growth. It is a great way to start out. Other plants require more lighting, which will mean fertilizers and CO2 to combat the algae that will grow with increased lighting.

You can achieve a nice easy low-light setup with about 1.5 -1.7 watts per gallon (roughly - this rule has variables, but on a 40g you can just calculate this by the wattage of the fluorescent bulbs you have).
I see. So you use low lighting for low light plants right?

I kept java ferns before, and it died in a few months. So I couldn't find any medicine to make for the tank because I didn't want to have poisoning in my tank again like before with my aquarium salt.

So I guess co2 gets rid of algae growth?
 

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cabombas, hornworts, crypt. wenditii, java ferns, water sprites, wisteria, mosses, fissidens among a few. easy maintenance and no hard demands..... water and lights!!
good luck!:)
cheers!
 

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Algae hits your tank when it is out of balance. It will be even harder to maintain this balance if you add CO2 to the mix. I recommend you start slow and take on more challenge when you get the hang of it. Here's a great article to get you started:

Setting up your first Planted Tank

This site also is a great resource for finding plants for your tank based on light level and size. ;)
 
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