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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-14-2013, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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Request Background Plant Recommendations

I am looking for an easy background plant for that can reach about 16 inches or so in my low to moderate lighting 20 gallon tank.

Currently I have:
Fertilizer - dosing DIY dry ferts dissolved in distillled water.
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I currently have Rotala Rotundifolia that is growing very well with a green color. My Ludwigia repens is doing okay but growing more slowly.

I am looking for a plant that grows upright like Vallisneria. I do not want Val though as it did not do well in my tank with dosing Excel.

I appreciate any recommendations. Thanks.
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Maybe something like this: Weirdness #1: my E.tenellus can BEAT UP your E. bleheri But it might overtake a 20g.

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Crypt spiralis?
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Crypt spiralis?
Or Crypt Retrospiralis .
Or Crypt Balansae
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C. retro easily gets to 2'+ and is rather invasive. I started with one and now it's all over my tank. A beautiful plant nevertheless.

C. wendtii (green/red/bronze) regularly gets to 14"-16+" tall and is another slim-leaved, prolific plant.

If your Rotala Rotundifolia is doing well, I would try Limnophila aromatica/aquatica/sessiliflora, Green Cabomba, Didiplis diandra, regular Baby Tears, even your common Egeria densa - but they are all fine-leaved plants. Bacopa caroliniana or australis would be other candidates.

Another idea is Vesuvius (Echinodorus Angustifolia): leaves are more towards what you looking for, gets ~14" for me and grows just fine in very low light.

Hygrophila corymbosa Angustifolia - can get really bushy but is easy to trim.

Sagitaria subulata or Echinodorus might be a tad too large for your tank.

Neddle Leaf Java Fern (some sp. get to 16"+)

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Depends if your looking for alot of color or greens. Giant hair grass is a good option in place of vals. Under high light a co2, rotundifolia will get pinkish orange
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Request Background Plant Recommendations

all of the crypts mentioned do grow to be huge plants, but it would also take a very long time in general

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Bacopa Monnieri grows "upright". Its a rather easy plant with very solid stems and leaves. What I like best about this plant is that it is very clean.
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Thanks and Follow-Up Question

Thanks for your recommendations. I really appreciate this Forum to get me going on the right track.

These recommendations look good. My main goal is to find a plant that grow relatively quickly and upright (ie, less bushy) like my Rotala rotundifolia.

Any particular plants that stand out for this purpose?

Thanks again.
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rotala sp green?
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