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Old 12-30-2012, 03:40 PM   #1
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Ideal plants for a 10g low-tech tank


Looking for a list of commonly available plants that won't get much bigger than 12" I'm not afraid to prune but just want the tank to be as low maintenance as possible. Already planning on frog bit, dwarf chain sword, and hair grass. My tank has a little over an inch and a half of black flourite sand an AC20 for filtration and have yet to purchase lighting or a heater yet.
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:36 PM   #2
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How about some Anubias, mosses, or ferns.
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:40 PM   #3
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I have a list if some plants I like Anubis and java fern is in the list ill post it in a bit
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Old 12-30-2012, 04:48 PM   #4
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Looking for a list of commonly available plants that won't get much bigger than 12" I'm not afraid to prune but just want the tank to be as low maintenance as possible. Already planning on frog bit, dwarf chain sword, and hair grass. My tank has a little over an inch and a half of black flourite sand an AC20 for filtration and have yet to purchase lighting or a heater yet.
Hi Colorblizzle,

Obviously you will need lighting. Along with various stem plants I like Microsorum pteropus species (java ferns), cryptocorynes, Staurogyne repens, and Helanthium tenellum.

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Old 12-30-2012, 04:52 PM   #5
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I will keep those plants in mind. The CFL bulb fixture u said is that the spiral type? Cuz I'm looking at a single t8 tube with 15w
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I will keep those plants in mind. The CFL bulb fixture u said is that the spiral type? Cuz I'm looking at a single t8 tube with 15w
Hi Colorbizzle,

Yes, those I linked to are 'screw-in' CFL type bulbs. A single 15 watt T8 will provide less light; a single T5HO 18 watt would be better.
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:11 PM   #7
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The species I have listed after doing some research are as follows;

Echinodermata portoalegrensis, ludwigia repens, eleocharis parvula, cruptocoryne undulata, limnobium laevigatum, exhinodorus tenellus, ceratopteris thalictroides
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:13 PM   #8
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I actually want a single t5 fixture but can't for the life of me find them. All I see is dual fixtures and up
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Also I want the right amount of light but not so much intensity that I need to add co2 since I'm not planning on co2 or dosing with excel
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Do a little research on PAR for lighting planted tanks. Aim for about 30 par and check out hoppy's article in the lighting stickies.

For foreground try dwarf sag. You probably wont have success with dwarf hairgrass in a low tech tank. Then you have rotala rotundofolia, crypt wendtii, ludwigia repens, stargrass..
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:40 PM   #11
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I wasn't real big on the hair grass it was just an option I really want the dwarf chain swords tho. And as far as PAR goes I read that sticky already and have googled it matter of fact I spent the better part of last night looking into it and I've only learned 2 things 1) bulbs do not list the PAR on their packaging and 2) I still don't understand PAR. I know lumens watts intensity the color scale about how light penetrates water differently hung above a tank vs. right in the glass but I can't grasp this PAR concept. If I bought a light I will probably never know of its 30 or above or below
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Does anybody know a good single tube t5 HO fixture?
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:59 PM   #13
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I bought a T5 8W 12" bulb at Petsmart here in Canada for $13. I don't believe it's high output though. I've got three of them over my 10gl I'm getting started on soon.
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:14 PM   #14
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Ill have to keep looking then. I want between 10-15w I believe but I only want one tube. I've thought about LED but don't know how well off the counter LED kits work on fish tanks for plants
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Don't worry about watts. How about a Finnex fugeray LED? SHould be okay for low tech!
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