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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-12-2013, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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Question Lush, low-light rooted plants?

I just have one T5HO bulb (two years old) over my 55gal, 24 inches tall. The light that actually gets down to the substrate plants is even lower, since I have a bunch of moss driftwood looming over things.

I'm looking for some plants to grow in the substrate that have a lush/bright look even in low light. I already have my java ferns and dwarf sag, so I'm looking for something different.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-13-2013, 04:44 AM
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Try looking into some Crypt (Cryptocoryne) plant varieties.
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I am looking for the same thing too. The only thing I have found right now is Java fern but you already have that. I also have Bacopa Moneri which might be closer to something you want. I have heard Jungle Vals are good as well as Cryptocoryne Balansae. If you search "low light aquarium plants" on google or on a plant selling website, you might get some ideas.
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Try looking into some Crypt (Cryptocoryne) plant varieties.

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Crypts and Anubias seem to keep a nice green, java fern always looks dirty and black spotted for me.
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As soon as java ferns get spotty for me, I trim leaves. It seems like needle leaf and Philippine ferns keep a nicer appearance. Anubias gets nice and bushy, just slower growing. No experience with crypts. Mosses are one of the kings of lush, though. Just keep some shrimps to keep em clean.
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Thanks for the replies guys- guess I'm gonna add some crypts to the tank. =)
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i'd suggest trying either some form of hygro (green or brown) as they are low light tolerant , crypt parva, fissidens, or any exotic variety of java fern. i am quite fond of needle leaf if you dont have this one yet.

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