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What plants are best suited for low-tech planted tanks? Thomas, our Aquatics Expert, gives you his TOP FIVE favorites!

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    surajit Das 2 years ago

    Hey what about amazon sword. Is it good to go for a non co2 tank

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    Eden Frawley 2 years ago

    +1 sub

    Your videos are great

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    Adri Deleon 2 years ago

    probably a dumb question. but do you have to remove fish to put the plants? and what do you need for plants to grow in gravel?

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    Captain Van 2 years ago

    Big Al's store…i was disappointed you weren't wearing the chicken suit… really good video, cool set up, quite informative & a damn well cool at that, love the humour thing you've got going on….Do i need to say we want more? Keep 'em coming. ; )

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    eric j 2 years ago

    thanks for sharing friend

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    Martin Hernandez 2 years ago

    Can this plants grow in sand ??

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      Big Al's 2 years ago

      Yes, except for the moss that doesn't develop traditional roots.

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    Creative Journeys 2 years ago

    Is there any plant I can use that does not need any extra attention. I don't want to deal with the co2

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      Big Al's 2 years ago

      Anubias are your safest bet – Just make sure not to use overly bright lighting if you aren't providing CO2.

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      ryan fernandez 12 months ago

      Big Al's why cant we use bright light on anubias if dont have co2 diffuser…?

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    Sam Houle 2 years ago

    Like this and you will get a free car

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    sherminater93 2 years ago

    great video!

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    Tjita1 2 years ago

    I actually have three of these in my sorta medium-tech tank.

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      Big Al's 2 years ago

      They even do well in high tech tanks, but there are forgiving enough for low tech as well. Great plants no matter what your skill level, really!

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    Golden State Warriors Fan 2 years ago

    I have a 20 gallon long with a pair German blue rams i would like to add live plants i am afraid of using CO2 i heard CO2 is bad for rams any advice ??

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      Link From hyrule 2 years ago

      Flemming Jaeger I've never kept rams but I would lay off the ferts just in case

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      Link From hyrule 2 years ago

      I meant co2 sorry

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      Caleb Schmidt 2 years ago

      do you know if it can put a LOT of Java moss in an alligator snapping turtle enclosure?

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      Neon Tetra Aquarist 2 years ago

      Flemming Jaeger CO2 can change your PH which is why most ram keepers prefer not to use it!?

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    bdhx dbdbdbbf 2 years ago

    What is the last tank like steps I love it

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    Datbosstho 2 years ago

    Do you need fertilizers on top of the substrate of the plant?

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    Troll Doll 2 years ago

    this motherfucker is creepy as shit!

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    Something SomethingSomething 2 years ago

    And it even looks like the plants are from Tropica. Quite possibly the best grower in the world.

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    elodia is super easy

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    Joseph Jones 2 years ago

    Is there a certain substrate that ill need for these plants?

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      IŹŹY MØNTANA 2 years ago

      Joseph Jones not really.. avoid fine substrates like sand or something otherwise your fish will pull them up if they aren't tied down, you can always order some plant substrate from amazon your plants will love you!

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      Neon Tetra Aquarist 2 years ago

      Joseph Jones Seachem Flourite is a great and cost effective method! The one he is using in the video is Flourite Red.

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      Jordan Tate 1 year ago

      Neon Tetra Aquarist is there something you should put on top of the flourite?

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      JJ Aquariums 1 year ago

      Jordan Tate nope unless you want to

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    bonez bonez 2 years ago

    well said man, very nice video… I have a 10 gallon tank, I've had anubius b4 an banana plant wich is similar… there very pretty an actually grow quite well… I'm in the process of redoing my tank now… had alot of algae n stuff in there… I took alot of my rocks out an I'm soaking some wood for the tank… but great videos man, I've learned a few things I didn't know… I'm still semi new as u would call it… but I love fish an tanks, an got attached to mine… it use to look beautiful, then it went to crap an i haven't done anything with it in a while, just let it run… so I'm in the cleaning process n stuff an aquascaping it a little bit diff… keep the videos coming man… maybe do one on driftwood an logs for the aquarium if u haven't yet…

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      Big Al's 2 years ago

      Thanks for the feedback and suggestions! Driftwood is a great category to do vids on; good call!

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      bonez bonez 2 years ago

      Np man… I see a lot of people now days going with a more natural look in there tank… expecially with driftwood an all… bust most don't know how to cure an clean it to have it ready… expecially seeing alot of people using slate rock as well… wich looks nice to tank an a great added touch…

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    bonez bonez 2 years ago

    I'll try an get u some pics of the tank if i can…

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    Eve Munoz 2 years ago

    I like the look of subwassertang and vallisneria asiatica (like jungle vallisneria in the video- but doesn't grow as tall and has gently twisted leaves). Max height for the asiatica Val is 12-14 inches. Perfect for most 10-30 gallon tanks! Jungle Val grows crazy long so it will give a canopy effect if that is what you like.

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    Goblinchief123 2 years ago

    I want to visit this shop lol

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    Joseph Ryan 2 years ago

    Do you sell these plants?

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    Swapnil Jadhav 2 years ago

    thank you , awsm video

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    Sector 001 2 years ago

    "It will happen" lol

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    Sharon Alvarez 2 years ago

    I don't have any substrate dirt in my 10 gallon tank I have gravel and will like to keep it can some of these plants You just mention be planted under the gravel? thanks

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    IŹŹY MØNTANA 2 years ago

    Is there a low tech carpet plant? Something that will grow reasonably fast? I've ordered some Co2 but it'll take a while to arrive so would like something that isn't too reliant on co2….

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      WoundrousMindTrick 2 years ago

      Not easy to get a true low tech carpet. Easiest is dwarf sag or a moss. The sag can get high though.
      I've seen true carpet plants like monte carlo, some marsilea species and elatine hydropiper grown successfully without CO2 if the other conditions are right for the species but it's a gamble.
      Best way to grow a low tech carpet is to do a dry start using a rich substrate and let it fully carpet before flooding and then avoid fast growing species that compete for CO2 with the carpet species. Monte carlo is a good dry start species.

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    Sawyer Weitzel 2 years ago

    How do you know how your plants are doing?

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    JClaude Moran 2 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. Do you have low or medium light on those tanks? Are they co2 injected?

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    Bob J-M Gervais 2 years ago

    are they good with goldfish? i know the anubias is, but are the others as well?

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      Neon Tetra Aquarist 2 years ago

      Jean-Michel Gervais Bamboo seems to do OK and Duckweed can be a great plant to feed them!

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      Bob J-M Gervais 2 years ago

      ive tried bamboo and it's true the goldfish don,t attack it, but unfortunatly, the leafs where submerge by the water. It didin't die but i notice it wasn't doing well… maybe if the bamboo was bigger it could work :). they definitivly don,t destroy it. the problem with duckweed is that it get stuck in hang in back filter. maybe in a pound or with another type of filtration it would do well? anyway, thanks a lot for your answer :). sadly my aquarium don't seem to be suitable for does, but you are definitivly right :). Do you have a youtube channel about fishkeeping? I could check it out and support it if you want :). i also do some videos about my goldfish aquarium, maybe it would help you to suggest me others plants as well? 🙂

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    pusc1f3r 2 years ago

    My only issue with val is if it likes your tank you'll never get rid of it, it's the snail of plant… My preference would be tiger lotus.

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    Purple Candy 2 years ago

    why you have so low subscribes? you should somewhere 250k

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    Téa Lafabiana 2 years ago

    is there any special substrate or food that is necessary for these plants?

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      Neon Tetra Aquarist 2 years ago

      Téa Lafabiana Hi there! Thanks for doing your research before diving right in to this hobby! Seachem makes some great substrates but there are some other great one out there. Other options are to dose liquid or dry (dry can be complicated) fertilizers or to use an inert (or no nutrient value or phone changer) substrate with root tabs! I hope this helps bud?

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    Jacqueline Steele 2 years ago

    Why when i put live plants in my tropical fish tank, do I get dead fish. help.

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      WoundrousMindTrick 2 years ago

      Healthy plants in an aquarium will never produce dead fish.
      If the plants are dying and decomposing in your tank it can be a problem and create an ammonium spike if your filter can't handle it. Ammonium can kill fish.

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    Penny Drake 2 years ago

    Hi what plant would you recommend for a sailfin pleco? What is the length of them. As long as your arm,hand etc. Videos don't show with a yard stick to compare. Plz help. thx

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    anthony Pope 2 years ago

    Hi I just want to ask can you put java moss into the substrate or would you just lie it on the substrate cheers happy fish keeping

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    James Striker 2 years ago

    no CO2??

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      Toguro 2 years ago

      James Striker co2 is for hightech tanks id only use it if you care more about the plants than the fish

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      James Striker 2 years ago

      do annubias need co2 diffuser??

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      WoundrousMindTrick 2 years ago

      Anubias doesn't demand much light, ferts or CO2. You can't give them too much light however in a non CO2 tank as you get green spot algae and possibly other algae like BBA.

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    swelzan dcosta 2 years ago

    nice.. good tips.. ur really funny though!!

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      Big Al's 2 years ago

      Funny, smart, and experienced– Thomas is a triple threat!

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    galaxy star 2 years ago

    Are there any plants that are beginner, filter my water a bit and don't require any fert?

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      galaxy star 2 years ago

      Could lots of jungle Val and java moss do the trick for the above? Or they both require the opposite of above?

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      WoundrousMindTrick 2 years ago

      You want low demanding fast growing stem plants like most Hygrophila species and Rotala rotundifolia and Limnophila sessiliflora. These plants will absorb nutrients like nitrate very fast and help stabilize your tank.

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      Nix C 2 years ago

      galaxy star how's your lighting? For beginner "low to moderate lighting" ludwigia repens or narrow leaf ludwigia or red Ludwigia are very easy. As mentioned too, hygrophila are very easy to care for with no special lighting (illegal in some states as they are an invasive species and grow like crazy in streams/rivers when hobbyists flush/throw them out.) jungle Val is very easy and in a year you tank will also be pretty much taken over with "runners" or baby plants and you don't need to worry about propagation because the plant is self propagating (same with saggitaria and crypts but crypts are VERY slow growing.) When it comes to plants the most important thing is lighting. I never use CO2 and ferts and 3 of my tanks are overgrown with "easy plants" checkout my Instagram: Zenaquarist so we can share info and progress 🙂

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    BOI
    how arE YOU GOING TO WEAR A SWEATER VEST OVER A HOODIE AND BE SO CASUAL ABOUT IT?!

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    Matt S 2 years ago

    Hey Thomas. seems like you really know you're stuff. watched a few vid's. do you think it is suitable to use a Koralia Wave Maker for a low tech 50G planted tank. I have 2 Blue Rams, 4 Rosy Barbs, 1 Bristlenose Catfish, and 2 Red Finned danios. Plant species include thus far Anubias Nana, and Amazon Sword. Thankyou.

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      Thomas B 2 years ago

      A smaller one would work well for extra circulation. They provide a gentle wide-spread flow pattern, while still turning over a lot of water. Just avoid rippling the surface too much as it will degas your CO2. 🙂

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    Allan Jiang 2 years ago

    could you tell me the cost of these plants. i want to compare to some other stores.

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    No Thanks 2 years ago

    Don't put java moss in your tank. You have to completely break your tank down to get it out. Exception being you want an all java moss tank.

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    Vaibhav Patel 2 years ago

    there is only normal stones on layer ? I wann 2 plant jungal val, amzon sword, java moss so I need fertiliser liquid or fertiliser layer on base ? or any substrate ?

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    Chisco Meza 2 years ago

    hey i thought java fern cannot be planet beneath the gravel ?

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    Tommy Tse 2 years ago

    I've been here before, it's the chain store at Vaughan mills. love the plants there. the people are really nice and especially informative. many of the other places that sells aquatic plants doesn't know what they are talking about but you won't find that problem here

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      Big Al's 2 years ago

      We're so happy you enjoy our Vaughan store– we'll be sure to pass on your praise to the folks over there 🙂

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    Teo Andy 2 years ago

    are those plant need low temperature?

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      Melissa Hoyle 2 years ago

      Teo Boon Chin most of the plants mentioned need temperatures 72-82 F (22-27 C).

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    Vaibhav Patel 2 years ago

    dwaf hairgrass is also low tech plant ?then can grow woth gravel nd root tabs ?

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    Vaibhav Patel 2 years ago

    is it necessary to attach java fern with drift wood or rock ? can I put java fern into gravel

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    Xeno Marc 2 years ago

    Hello, I'm interested in getting a fish tank. Can these plants be used in a sand substrate? Thanks for the great vid 🙂

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    Mohd Imtiyaz 2 years ago

    Hi bro,is it co2 tablet safe for plant,fish,and shrimp? I have plant some japanese hairgrass and anubias,,i affraid will die if not enough co2..some say need co2 some say not..they suggest me a root tab..thanks for answer me

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    Moon Cat 2 years ago

    goes to pet store
    buts all of these + moss balls

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    tikusrabun 2 years ago

    i seriously think this guy is kinda cute until he started putting his mouth in the water at 4:57 like wow red flag bye

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    Vaibhav Patel 2 years ago

    hairgrass and dwarf hairgrass which one is low tech plant ?

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      trustn01rs 1 year ago

      Vaibhav Patel neither if you want them to carpet you need co2 and high light

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    WhiteKoneko 1 year ago

    Quite love Anubias and Crypts. i got some in my own 10 gallon betta fish tank.

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    kawasaki000000000000 1 year ago

    it would be great to show hot to treat these plants when you get them for snails as I purchased some and now I can't seem to rid of the snails

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    Romeo Oliva 1 year ago

    Do you even have to fertilize at all in a cichlid community?

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    whale lover 1 year ago

    does anubias need CO2

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    gbjanuary 1 year ago

    Thanks was looking for this info just bought some Java moss

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    Noel Kavanagh 1 year ago

    I'm starting a new tropical tank and have never used live plants before.Should I decide what fish I want to put into it first and then decide what plants and substrate or does it really matter.Its a 180 litre tank .

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    John Dsilva 1 year ago

    how to make pelia moss grow faster

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    Obi Wan Kenobi 1 year ago

    where is my boi the amazon sword??

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      Big Al's 1 year ago

      Busy taking up too much space, sucking up iron, and sticking out of the tank. 😉

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    bee lie 1 year ago

    lol your jokes are so corny but I find them hilarious

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    Aquascaping LTech Argentina 1 year ago

    Al's in my aquarium i use this plants https://youtu.be/LZRhZzFPTfo

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    Richard Harison 1 year ago

    hi, can you do a low-tech carpet plants? 😀

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    Javier Espinoza 1 year ago

    I have planted anubias and java fern on my tank and I followed directions found here on youtube to glue the rhizome to the rocks they all looked nice and healthy but a week later the leaves are turning yellow on the anubias and brown on the java fern. I am now using liquid CO2 and API Leaf Zone to try to save them but I don't see any changes, do you have any tips?

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    Matarese28 1 year ago

    I've been looking everywhere for Java moss and I can't seem to find it, I checked my LFS, none, I checked some aquarium websites, NOTHING, I could only find it on amazon for a bit over my price range

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    Brandan Curl 1 year ago

    will these plants do well I'm a sand substrate?

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      JJ Aquariums 1 year ago

      Brandan Curl yes mine are in sand and do great

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      Andrew Jao 12 months ago

      JJ Aquariums how do you provide nutrients if using sand substrate? thanks

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    Fresh Falcon 1 year ago

    Excellent video as always.
    Do these plants "spread"…as in, if I buy one of each for a big tank, will they eventually be able to multiply and fill more space (sort of like a mint plant in the garden…makes many offshoots which can be replanted elsewhere .)

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    Mal Reynolds 1 year ago

    I love the informative videos and the humor is right down my alley

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    Xenia Esparza 1 year ago

    Can you make a video about what plants you can keep with goldfish.

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    Predatorboy92 1 year ago

    Hi, do I need some sort of gravel for the jungle val? And is it a beginner's plant? Do snails grow on them of so how do I prevent it? Thanks

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    Danny-o's ! 1 year ago

    What plants should I use for tiger barbs

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    sad boyz 1 year ago

    Can I put these in a turtle tank?

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    Jerome Saverimuttu 1 year ago

    Amazon sword.

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    Luke Smith 1 year ago

    jungle val seems like it needs a lot. I just got mine and it is dying. I use a bright led light also have a great substrate and i dose it with phosphorus

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    Cheese 1 year ago

    Can I use sand? For any of these plants or rock is better.

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    The Dominus 1 year ago

    Hello, is colored gravel allowed to be a substrate?? Mine is color Blue green and light blue florecent green

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    Detra Isham 1 year ago

    At petco I saw some betta bulbs. Could I use those for betta?
    I'm just asking because a lot of things at petco for bettas aren't really okay for them.??

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    Владимир пушкин 12 months ago

    My amazon sword is doing very well in my sand aquarium, its already sprouding some new leaves befor i put the root tabs in…just make sure u get root tabs though

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    Minhtri Ton 12 months ago

    how do I get rid of snail and snail eggs on live plants

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    Apex Gaming 12 months ago

    Sucks that big Al's isnt in my area no more

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    SUBIE4estr XT 12 months ago

    This is the store i go to… its in maple

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    Dirty SPRITE 12 months ago

    Can you have a planted tank without running co2

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    Hawees AnaQi 11 months ago

    The way u talk is like "the rock"