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3 EASY Beginner Aquarium Plants For Your Planted Tank

3 EASY Beginner Aquarium Plants For Your Planted Tank

Hey guys welcome back. Today we’re going to be talking
about three awesome pretty easy aquarium plants that I think everybody should at least
try out once they happen to be the three plants that make up this entire jungle style aquarium released it’s turned into a jungle
style tank with me not trimming it we’re going to do that
and then we’re going to talk about these plants. But first I
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start trimming away here at the Japan Clover. That is the kind of four leaf clover
looking plant that’s taking over the majority of this tank right now. It’s one of my favorite plants for just that reason its ability to just
grow super fast and take over your tank when
you’re in aquascaping like me. That’s not always the best thing in
the world it means that you have to get yourself into the
tank to do trimming kind of frequently if you want to maintain
your escape. But it’s also kind of a good thing because you end up with a ton of it. You trim it off
you can go planted in another tank. You can spread it out in your scape
if you’re only starting out with a little bit of
it. And so it’s kind of a plus and a minus to this plant but I lean towards it being a good thing rather than a bad
thing. Something that I really like about Japan Clover is
just how green it is. There’s not a lot of plants that
have this exact coloration. It’s hard to describe. The camera
doesn’t do it any kind of justice. It’s just as super bright green that not a lot of other
plants have. So if your aquarium has a lot of
darker green plants like let’s say you have
Java ferns or maybe you have some a
Nubians which also has that dark green
coloration this plant can really help to make things pop. It’s very much a center piece plants a lot of the times depending on how you use it. And again its
growth rate when you’ve got it in the right
conditions. It’s just gonna go nuts you’re going to have a ton of it and that can be a real good thing. We’ve got it kind of cleared out
here in the front guys. You can see now we can actually see the tank. I’m also
making a mess over here should I put some towels down but hindsight’s always 20 20 when you’re cleaning a fish tank. Let’s talk a little bit more about
this plant though in this aquarium I do have you know I am running CO2 so there’s a little bit
of that going. And right now I have two of these
Finnex planted plus fugeRay clip LED running. I typically only run the one though. So this isn’t a super highlight setting
especially right now because we have all of this plant cover down here really shading the aquarium not ideal but you can
tell that all three of the plants we’re talking
about today are doing absolutely fantastic. I mean we’ll talk about those later but high light is not a requirement for them
to grow. Highlight is going to change the way some of them
appear and overall like do in your aquarium. But the Japan Clover is not a plant that requires a ton of light. OK. You can get away with moderate even
low lighting in a lot of circumstances. So I think
it’s just a great beginner plant you can see that it’s growing out of the top of the aquarium here. Very cool that’s kind of an in thing these days is to have immersed
growth coming out of your tank. It looks really natural and I mean
that just looks pretty sweet. Here’s all the trimmings that we have down here this is a nice
handful of Japan clover and that could go to
start in a new tank or you know if your aquarium is larger than this one and
let’s say you just started out with a little bit of it you’ve
got it growing. Now you have some extra to plant
around your aquarium and really fill things out. Now that I have most of it trimmed the way I want it we’ll probably do a little bit more later. Let’s get the other giant plant mass out of the way here which is this rotala Yao yai yai yoa yeah yao yai. This is a species of Rotala that tends to be a little bit more
on the pink side the top side of the
leaves of this plant will turn a nice bright orange
reddish color if it’s under highlighting which again in this
tank it’s really not. And it’s also pretty much growing immersed here so the
leaf morphology is different these are bigger leaves and what you’d have if it was just growing down in your aquarium let’s
chop this stuff out of the way it’s turned into a complete weed in this
tank. I just had a few stems of it poking out from the back here when I originally planted it and it’s
turned into this gigantic mass that is very much shadowing our tank. Let’s go ahead and turn this light
on. Just so you can see an example so
there’s both the lights let’s move this out of the way. OK. That wasn’t very dramatic but I’m telling you getting this out of the way is really going to
let the light come down here and hit the carpeting
plant that we have down here and we’ll talk about that one
next but I want to show you guys a
comparison of this Yow yay. Which is kind of hard to find I had to get this on eBay from just a
random seller kind of a more rare plant if you will but you
can find it. Something that I really like about most of the
ayatollah species that I’ve dealt with is that you don’t need a ton of
it to get started and to end up with a lot of it. So over here in this aquarium it’s kind of hard to
see. There’s some rotala h’ra in here or H raw however you want to say it. There’s also some rotala green over here started with very few pieces of that and only you know a couple months later we have a decent amount of it. We can
start topping them off and then putting them in other
tanks. So over here is the Rotala H’ra. You can see that it has this kind of orange yellowish reddish kind of combination of colors here. Again not a super high light
aquarium. So if we turn this fluval3.0 all the way up cut these stems down of
course we would get a much darker red kind of orange just coloration the H’ra very similar to what we have upstairs
which again is the yao yai. Now to compare. Let’s check out some rotala green over here. So this stuff you can tell is just green it’s not going to turn any kind of crazy color on us it’s going
to stay more of that green color. So it just
depends on what you’re into this old aquarium right now is
kind of in a weird stage my Christmas mosses
drowning out a little bit while the other
mosses are just doing perfect. So trying to figure out what exactly is going
on here. But that’s the next plant that we’re gonna talk about. Once we get upstairs and finish
trimming let’s grab my favorite scissors here and let’s start trimming this Yow
yay out of the tank. Now again we’re gonna go down just
to where kind of pokes up out of the water and we’re gonna trim that off so we’re gonna get a bunch of extra
stems here that again we can go put in that tank downstairs
we can use to start a new tank or if this aquarium was bigger we could
use to spread around the tank and fill
things out. So again this RO is not a plant that needs to have crazy highlight it’s going to benefit from
it. You’re gonna get the best coloration out of it if
you do. But besides that I mean CO2 optional of course of you use carbon dioxide you’re going to get faster growth rates in
general your plants are all gonna be happier and healthier and then
added fertilization. If you’re having super high light and you’re adding CO2 chances are you probably need to be adding
fertilizer too. But again it’s not always 100 percent required and always in the same amounts. So I should have started with this my apologies but this aquarium is most often a moderately lit tank with the one light here. OK. So doesn’t have high light. We have a moderate amount of CO2 being
added and then I do fertilize the aquarium with two pumps per week of
easy green fertilizer. That is of course Corey’s stuff. It was over on the other side of the
room but that’s just what I use for this
tank because I got into a rhythm of doing it. It
was super convenient. Not a lot of work and it’s what I stuck with. So the
consistency is what one with this tank and it’s what
winds with pretty much every planted tank
you do. Before we get into the last plant
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that two month free trial. So the last plant in this tank guys if you’re familiar with this aquarium
which I know a lot of you are but some of you might not be the last plant is Monte Carlo so that’s the carpet plant that we down
here that’s the lush green bottom that we have. And you can tell it’s a little overgrown. So we need to
chop this down about 50 percent of the way
will come down here with the scissors and we’ll give it
a good shop. We have a bunch of it growing down
in the substrate here we also have some pieces that are
tucked into the lava rocks so they aren’t in the substrate but they’re still growing really
well and that’s because Monte Carlo for the most part in my experience what I’ve seen out of this plant is that
it really is a water column feeder. It does have roots but those roots are super super shallow.
I mean it totally picks up you know nutrients down there but you can get away with planting it on something inert
like a rock or even wood. I guess if you’re a wizard and you can still get this pretty good growth out of it where it
creeps down and just really makes the scape look nice. You do want to trim your Monte Carlo if it’s not getting a
lot of light it’s going to end up looking like this where it
starts to stretch out and find that light when it has enough light then it
typically grows a lot more compact and I’ll start to
droop downward like you see some of the pieces up here we’re
starting to do before they got choked out by all the
plants that ended up growing above it. Trimming Monte Carlo always creates a humungous mess. Thank goodness all of the stems and leaves and whatnot just float up the top of the aquarium so you can
grab your net scoop them out and get your tank back to the way you want it to look. So here we are post trim guys. I mean we got rid of a ton of plants in this tank kind of
exposed some areas that haven’t seen a ton of light but they all bounce back
pretty soon. I’m going to go ahead and say Monte
Carlo unlike the other two is a plant that you want to have some kind of
added fertilizer to help it get going. I mean especially if you’re going to
be doing stuff like this planting it not in a nutrient substrate it’s just going to help rounded out and get it going faster. That seems to be the biggest hurdle
for Monte Carlo is getting it to the point where it
is actively growing it can take kind of
a long time. So the fertilizers help
obviously the CO2 helps and having a decent light source
helps as well. But I’m just going to throw that in
there. I ended up taking a little bit of
that Japan clover and throwing it over into
this back left corner to kind of fill things out a little bit it
seemed a little bare but other than that
now it’s just time to you know keep doing what I’ve been doing with this tank which is just a very infrequent water change of about 50 percent once every two weeks add my fertilizer and make sure that my CO2 tank is filled up and always bumping. So yeah guys I think that’s gonna do
it for today’s video. I hope you learn something
new maybe you got a couple three good plants ideas for a new tank you’re working on or maybe you’re trying to just fix
up an existing tank that you have picked some good
plant so I hope it helped. Don’t forget to subscribe if you’re
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38 comments on “3 EASY Beginner Aquarium Plants For Your Planted Tank

  1. So I am starting a beginner planted tank I just bought a 5 gal tank to start I would like your guys opinions and what I should do I bought a light it is a woterzi led with 12 white lights and 3 blue lights it’s a clip on lights

  2. I have been useing root tabs for my swords do i need fertillizer for java fern anubus. If so what is the best fertilizer.

  3. Anyone who want to keep a Hydrocotyle but doesn't want to trim as often, get a H. sibthorpioides. It has rounder leaves and about the same size but grows a lot slower than H. tripartita. Since it grows slower, it's a bit prone to algae.

  4. I ordered that clover on eBay. Just got it started in 2 tanks and a pond. Wish me luck, it was this video that inspired me to try it.

  5. In theory what would happen if someone were to just breathe into a tube into the aquarium releasing co2 would that actually work or is it completely different

  6. My people, co2 isnt an issue. Really, bio co2 is great and easy as it lasts longer than a month. Just try it:)

  7. I dnt hv soil or sand @ z bottom of my fish tank.. I hv gravel only.. apart frm plastic plant, which type ov natural plant cn I put in my aquarium..thnx Ioaads

  8. Wrong.

    Monte carlo will certainly die in a beginner aquarium.

    Without some Co2, nutrient rich substrate, medium light and soft water Monte carlo will not be successful.

    Among the plants shown only Rotala green will do fine in a beginner aquarium.

  9. Hey Mike- I just want to thank you for providing so many videos that are helping me learn what I need to know before setting up my 29 gallon (or a 20 gallon long) low tech planted tank. I’m taking a few months to do my research on substrate, lighting, plant selection, and selecting compatible species for a community tank. I’m so excited to get the tank up and running, however, I am going to be sure I know everything I need to make it a successful endeavor. Thanks for all the informative videos. 👍🏻😍

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