I want a planted tank

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  1. dsmerf214

    dsmerf214 Fire Shrimp

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    Hi everyone! My FW tank is a mess. I know what I want to do, which is a planted tank, but people at a couple of lfs's have told me its not possible due to my raphael catfish. What few plants I have tried out he promptly digs up. I am very attached to this fish, and I'm not interested in getting rid of him. He was one of my first fish.

    I was thinking that I could attach plants to the driftwood. How would I go about doing this and what plants would you recommend? Low maintenance, easy plants are preferred. I have a brown thumb LOL. My tank is a 30B. My light fixture is a 2x T5 that needs new bulbs. What would you recommend? Thanks for the help.
     
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  3. Vinnyboombatz

    Vinnyboombatz Giant Squid

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    I will VM 2in10 if he doesn't show up.Hes a green thumber.lol
    FWIW I have housed Raphaels in planted tanks before without issue. What kind of substrate do you have?
    Anubias have always been my favorite and will grow/attach to driftwood and is fairly hardy.
     
  4. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    For the bulbs get either 10000K or 6700K bulbs, or use one of each.

    Plants: Anubias species as mentioned, as well as Jave Fern. Bolbitis is also possible.
     
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    Vinnyboombatz Giant Squid

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    Here he comes to save the day!!!!;D
     
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    1.0reef Giant Squid

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    IMO plant hardy plants like swords in pots and dig the pots up, then use floating plants and/or plants attached to solid surfaces like rock and wood.
     
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    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Pots are a good solution as long as you use hardy plants.