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cichlids20
04-30-2012, 10:23 PM
Do freshwater plants do well with some aquarium salt in the tank or no? I ask because I have salt in one of my tanks now and I am converting it from fake plants to live plants.

geotek
04-30-2012, 10:39 PM
Most, but not all, aquarium plants do not tolerate salt well. Generally, salt is not needed or desired for planted tanks.

cichlids20
04-30-2012, 10:40 PM
Which plants don't tolerate salt? I had salt in my tank for the benefit of my guppies and other live bearers i have.

Demonfish
04-30-2012, 11:59 PM
java fern will tolerate salt, java moss can die. Depend on where a plant is from.

cichlids20
05-01-2012, 09:07 PM
I was going to go to petsmart and buy a few plants. Not sure where their plants are from.

geotek
05-01-2012, 09:17 PM
Some of the plants the big pet stores sell as aquatic are not really aquatic and will slowly die in your aquarium. Club meetings would be a good place to buy java ferns.

cichlids20
05-01-2012, 09:23 PM
Is there a list of plants that are truly aquatic that I can keep? I am in the process of getting all the salt out by water changes slowly so I am not limited on the plants I can keep.

hsd
05-01-2012, 10:11 PM
Is there a list of plants that are truly aquatic that I can keep? I am in the process of getting all the salt out by water changes slowly so I am not limited on the plants I can keep.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/myplants/ has a decent list of plants along with pics and info on each. For plant selection it's fairly limited at petsmart. Can get a more variety of plants from folks in the club at the meetings and auctions.

cichlids20
05-03-2012, 06:08 PM
I will try to make it to one of the meetings.

Can I take my oxygen pump off if I keep live plants or do I still need it? I have plenty of water movement in my tank from the filter.

hsd
05-04-2012, 10:32 AM
The filter is enough to keep the water oxygenated. If you have a canister filter, you can point the filter outtake slightly upwards to break the surface tension. I don't think many folks even use an air pump.