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Old 09-29-2013, 01:21 AM   #1
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Need help with foreground plants


Well I started planning out my scape on my 29G, but I have hit a bump along the way.

I need at least three types of foreground plants for my design to work, and I don't know what plants stay short enough to work.

I'm hoping you guys can help me name a few so I can then look them up, I would prefer one's that aren't too messy like dwarf hair grass. (Meaning I can make sharp lines)

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Old 09-29-2013, 01:25 AM   #2
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S. Repens might work well. Stays relatively short, but has larger leaves than most foreground plants. I am keeping some at around 30 par or so and it is doing fine and staying at 2" at most.


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Any of the Crypts would likely do.

I prefer all of the Lotuses (Nymphaea), especially Red Tiger Lotus, 'cause they can easily be trained to stay low & bushy ( i.e. under 3" X 3").

Blyxa Japonica is another good one, along with Dwarf Sags and Dwarf Swords.

You might also consider Anubias Nana petite - just be sure the rhizome is not buried in the substrate.

All of these (for good looks in any tank) depend somewhat on which tall plants are being used in & for the background - however, in a 29 gal, you've got quite a few good choices.
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Any of the Crypts would likely do.

I prefer all of the Lotuses (Nymphaea), especially Red Tiger Lotus, 'cause they can easily be trained to stay low & bushy ( i.e. under 3" X 3").

Blyxa Japonica is another good one, along with Dwarf Sags and Dwarf Swords.

You might also consider Anubias Nana petite - just be sure the rhizome is not buried in the substrate.

All of these (for good looks in any tank) depend somewhat on which tall plants are being used in & for the background - however, in a 29 gal, you've got quite a few good choices.
Well I have anubias nana now and those are not going to work, and I am going to use dwarf sag and I think dwarf hair grass as well, but I need one more that stays pretty straight like hair grass.



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Old 09-29-2013, 02:38 AM   #5
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S. Repens might work well. Stays relatively short, but has larger leaves than most foreground plants. I am keeping some at around 30 par or so and it is doing fine and staying at 2" at most.


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Repens might be a little too bushy for this scape, although I do have some in my other tanks.

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Old 09-29-2013, 03:21 AM   #6
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Well I started planning out my scape on my 29G, but I have hit a bump along the way.

I need at least three types of foreground plants for my design to work, and I don't know what plants stay short enough to work.

I'm hoping you guys can help me name a few so I can then look them up, I would prefer one's that aren't too messy like dwarf hair grass. (Meaning I can make sharp lines)

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Hi Mojo028,

I like Helanthium tenellum (Pygmy Chain Sword) it stays about 2" tall and does well in my 10 gallon with PAR=25 and no CO2 or Marsilea minuta does well and stays short (<1") as well.

Helanthium tenellum


Marsilea minuta in front; Blyxa japonica behind
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Old 09-29-2013, 03:39 AM   #7
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Hi Mojo028,

I like Helanthium tenellum (Pygmy Chain Sword) it stays about 2" tall and does well in my 10 gallon with PAR=25 and no CO2 or Marsilea minuta does well and stays short (<1") as well.

Helanthium tenellum


Marsilea minuta in front; Blyxa japonica behind
Well I have pygmy chain swords too and they will not work too bushy as well, but I do like the marsilea minuta and the blyxa japonica.

Are those two hardy? Are they a pain in the heiny?

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Well I have pygmy chain swords too and they will not work too bushy as well, but I do like the marsilea minuta and the blyxa japonica.

Are those two hardy? Are they a pain in the heiny?
Hi Mojo028,

I haven't tried Marsilea minuta in my 10 gallon non-CO2 tank but I am growing Blyxa japonica and Pogostemon helferi in it. Here is a pic of those two. The B. japonica was a plant-let with no roots that broke off of a larger plant in one of my CO2 tanks. The longer leaves are the original leaves, the new growth is just coming in (arrow). Also the P. helferi (Downoi) is putting off side shoots (arrows).

Blyxa japonica (left) showing new growth after 3 weeks and P. helferi showing new side shoots after 7 weeks


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Ok, well I will have CO2 although it will only be DIY at the start, until I find or make a paintball CO2 system.

And I have a current USA satellite plus LED fixture, so I hope that's enough light for the marsilea and hairgrass.

I have had dwarf hair grass in a low tech low light before, but I traded it.

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Hi Mojo028,

I suspect even with a deeper 29 gallon tank you should have more than enough light. In fact, you may have so much light that you might want to limit your photoperiod. Let us know how it goes!
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Old 09-29-2013, 04:37 AM   #11
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Hi Mojo028,

I suspect even with a deeper 29 gallon tank you should have more than enough light. In fact, you may have so much light that you might want to limit your photoperiod. Let us know how it goes!
I sure hope so!

And I will definitely put a journal up when I'm done.

Thanks for your help.

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Old 09-29-2013, 06:24 AM   #12
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Well I have pygmy chain swords too and they will not work too bushy as well, but I do like the marsilea minuta and the blyxa japonica.

Are those two hardy? Are they a pain in the heiny?

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Marsilea is pretty easy to handle, slower growing species. I would skip the Minuta and get the Marsilea Crenata. It has a smaller lobe than the minuta but has a very very similar growth pattern.
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Marsilea is pretty easy to handle, slower growing species. I would skip the Minuta and get the Marsilea Crenata. It has a smaller lobe than the minuta but has a very very similar growth pattern.
I shall research it after I'm done making shirts for my wife's baby shower, thanks for the heads up!

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I have a stargrass carpet in my 75 tank
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