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Need plant advice for 2.5 gal, mod-high light, 8.2 ph 81F betta tank

So I am not having much luck growing any of the plants I purchased for my betta tanks several months ago. I have two identical tanks and would like three plants each. I would like to find some plants I can plant inside the little pots, rather than directly into the substrate. I plan on getting some better planting substrate to go into the pots instead of gravel. They also can't get too tall for my 2.5 gallon tank. Looking for advice of what plants would do well in this environment. The spindly plants in the pot are crypt wendtii, and I found out they like a much lower ph and light. The Nana keeps growing lots of algae on the leaves, and the older leaves are quite chewed up by the nerite snail cleaning them up. My tank specs:

2.5 gallon
80-82 degrees
ph 8.2
water run through water softener
weekly 50% water change then add 1 ml seachem flourish excel, 0.2 ml seachem flourish
finnex fugeray 10" light 3" above surface of water - I think moderate to high light
white lights on 12 hours day, moonlights (covered with electrical tape to dim for fish) on 12 hours at night


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It appears you might have too much light for this small tank. Considering there are only 2 plants in it (not densely planted), and the substrate is inert, this tank might turn into an algae farm. Plus both plants you own require low light too.

I'd say either raise your light a bit, or put a better substrate in and plant it heavier.
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Yeah bitful is right your probably getting way to much extra nutrients which will turn your tank down into a algae overload.
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It appears you might have too much light for this small tank. Considering there are only 2 plants in it (not densely planted), and the substrate is inert, this tank might turn into an algae farm. Plus both plants you own require low light too.

I'd say either raise your light a bit, or put a better substrate in and plant it heavier.
Good luck!
Raising the light isn't an option, as it is contained in an oak hood. I've already raised it up as much as possible. I realize it is sparsely planted now - that is why I am looking for advice on what plants to add. I included all my tank specs in the first post and need help finding plants that can handle high light, high ph and high temps. As I said, I want to plant in the pots which will be filled with something for the plants. I have more pots available. Would appreciate any advice that would be helpful within those parameters.

Here is a photo of my tank earlier this year, so you can see why raising the light is not an option:

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Can you change the bulb?
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Can you change the bulb?
They are LED strips, so not really. I have $80 invested in the two of them, so I would like to find some plants that need high light. I realize the plants I have now are not working. I think the Nana would do okay if it was under a taller plant that likes high light. I'm hoping to stop at our very nice LFS tomorrow morning and pick up some plants that will work and also some eco complete or something similar for the pots. I think I also need to get some seachem equilibrium since our wellwater goes through a softener.

Any advice for plants that need high light and can tolerate 8.2 ph and around 81 degrees F, and be a good size for a 2.5 gallon?

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Moneywort is one but also are you lights on all the time?
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Here's my planted 2.5 gallon aquarium. Hope it'll help you anyhow

Heavily planted 1 feet nano aquarium[ [Iwugami]
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Moneywort is one but also are you lights on all the time?
I have the white lights about 12 hours, and then I turn those off and turn the moonlights on. They were very bright for my betta (I couldn't sleep with those on!) so I put black electrical tape over them so it is a very dim blue at night. These are in our bathroom so act as our nightlight.

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Well this is a tough problem. Well what I would do is buy some of equilibrium and try that if that doesn't work diy a co2 reactor up. ( actually I would do the reactor first sense it is probably cheaper)
http://m.youtube.com/#/results?um=1&...3DN%26tab%3Dw1
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Well this is a tough problem. Well what I would do is buy some of equilibrium and try that if that doesn't work diy a co2 reactor up. ( actually I would do the reactor first sense it is probably cheaper)
http://m.youtube.com/#/results?um=1&...3DN%26tab%3Dw1
So there are no plants that would work without CO2? That is not something I am willing to do... What I originally started this post for is for advice on different plant options, not changing my setup. It seems my high ph and temps probably rules a lot out. I appreciate your advice, but just not what I am looking for.

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I apologize but here is a list of a lot of plants that also indicates the light level
http://www.aquariumconnection.com/fr.../fwsoln11.html
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Hey check out stargrass
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you could put some baby tears in there. very nice high light plant
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Btw really nice looking tank
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