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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-07-2013, 03:14 AM Thread Starter
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hardy short plant suggestions?

Here's my tank:

It's a 29gal, 2x T5NO 18watts 6,700K bulbs (coralife fixture), no CO2 or ferts, pH 7.6, no ammonia or nitrites, 5 ppm nitrates. Death to all but a few select fish and most plants.

I've managed to get only the plants you can see to grow. anubias nana and the petite version. I don't know what the tall stuff is but it's pretty happy. I don't know what it's doing. It's kind of branching out, I just leave it alone because I'm scared to touch it. I have a black thumb. And there is some marsilea minutia (sp) holding on.

I would like to fill the bare spots on the bottom. I do plan to be dosing it. I have the ferts (except one because I thought my water was hard so I didn't want to add calcium but then I found out my water is not hard so I guess I will need to order that one). But I just have to go out and buy really small measuring spoons I guess or do the math and make a liquid solution, which I really ought to be able to do but just haven't gotten around to it.

Any suggestions for plants that would 1) look nice on the bottom of the tank where it's bare 2) be so robust that they could withstand a nuclear blast (since apparently that's the criteria for plants to be able to grow in my tank).

I do have some fish in the tank. You can't see them because they hide all the time. Two madagasgar rainbows, one dwarf honey/sunset something or other gourami and some japonica shrimp. I'd like to get more but again, nothing seems to survive my tank except for these guys. They've managed to do ok but everything else I've tried has died. It's kind of depressing not seeing any fish in there since the ones I have hide all the time but I'd rather not keep killing fish.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-07-2013, 03:22 AM
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Crypts like wedtii or parva. Slow growers but stay short and ok in lower lights

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-08-2013, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks. I do like the looks of parva from pictures. Can you use Excel with these? I forgot to mention I dose daily with excel to keep the algae down.
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In my experience, parva handles excel at normal doses just fine. It handles larger doses better than other crypts too.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-08-2013, 07:28 PM
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Hi Ponyo,

I don't know about a nuclear blast but Marsilea minuta holds up well and is fairly forgiving.

Marsilea minuta when planted

Marsilea minuta after 5 weeks

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-08-2013, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks again. I love M. minutia but as you can see from my picture, it is one of the many plants that don't do well in my tank. The stuff you see in my tank has been there for over a year and the best it has done is to not die. It barely clings to life.

Your tank looks really nice.
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