Re: NANFA-- Native aquatic plants

Sajjad Lateef (
Mon, 28 Jul 2003 08:52:28 -0700 (PDT)

If aquatic plants, you'll need water too. <grin>

Bad joke ... I know ... I know ...

Aquatic plants need both light and nutrition.

A single 20W fluorescent bulb in either Full Spectrum
or rated "Plant & Aquarium" seems to work fine for me.
A white hood to reflect most of the light into the tank
helps a lot. (10 Gallon tanks only).

Floating plants absorb nutrition from the water and
rooted plants through their roots. So, plan accordingly.
You can get liquid fertilizer for aquariums. For substrate
fertilizer, you can use commerical aquarium fertilizer (tablets),
osmocotes and/or jobe's sticks. If you have lots of fish
in the tank (high bioload), then you won't need to add any

Also, check out the Plants FAQ at


--- Kevin <> wrote:
> Hey everyone,
> I was at a wilderness survival class this weekend and picked up some
> plants
> out of a lake. I am wanting to set them up in a ten gallon tank. What
> do I
> need to do to get these plants to grow? I know I need good lighting,
> but
> what about filtration (if any) and substrate?


Sajjad Lateef
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