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Old 06-28-2014, 11:53 PM   #1
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Nano Tank + Low Tech--> looking for easy plants


Hi! My name is Anna. I've been keeping fish my whole life (I upgraded to filtered systems when I was twelve, and dipped my toes in saltwater at sixteen, but I had a impressive collection of goldfish and guppies in grade school...)
Anyway, I want to try a planted tank(again. the first time was a massive failure.) I'm looking to do a 2-5 gallon tank, probably on the lower end of that scale, super low tech, and I'm looking for idiot-proof plant suggestions. Also, tank kit suggestions. I've got a bunch in a cart on Amazon, but I'm not fully convinced that many of them come with plant-worthy lighting.
Any advice is greatly appreciated!
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Old 06-29-2014, 12:19 AM   #2
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Java fern, anubias and willow hygrophilia are pretty fool proof. I got those when I started my tank
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To add on to that list a slower growing moss would be good.
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Moss and crypts. Talk to H4n he'll help you out.

Moss, crypts and Anubias are my staples when it comes to any planted tank. They're happy with just about anything.
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Thanks guys! I'm wondering if there are any low-light, low tech reds?

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Moss and crypts. Talk to H4n he'll help you out.

Moss, crypts and Anubias are my staples when it comes to any planted tank. They're happy with just about anything.
Any specific moss suggestions?
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Thanks guys! I'm wondering if there are any low-light, low tech reds?





Any specific moss suggestions?
Anna, you should try several out. My personal favorite is mini Xmas moss.

Next would be mini fiss, then Xmas moss normal, then weeping moss.

I keep those because they're my favorites.
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That's a good list. Many other mosses are good and add Bolbitis heudelotii as well.
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For the tank lighting, I've got a cheap 3 gallon half moon that has a wall-attached spotlight above it with a proper spectrum (sorry, I'm bad at technical terms, I just know it's the right bulb) light in it, and a 5 gallon where I replaced the regular incandescent with a proper plant bulb as well. I think with the little ones it's more flexible since you can just swap out the lights or provide your own. The one I have above the 3 gallon was an $8 or $12 little fixture from the lamp aisle at Walmart, so it didn't set me back much at all.
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For the tank lighting, I've got a cheap 3 gallon half moon that has a wall-attached spotlight above it with a proper spectrum (sorry, I'm bad at technical terms, I just know it's the right bulb) light in it, and a 5 gallon where I replaced the regular incandescent with a proper plant bulb as well. I think with the little ones it's more flexible since you can just swap out the lights or provide your own. The one I have above the 3 gallon was an $8 or $12 little fixture from the lamp aisle at Walmart, so it didn't set me back much at all.
So, maybe one of those plant-grow-bulbs they have at Lowes?
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Anna, you should try several out. My personal favorite is mini Xmas moss.

Next would be mini fiss, then Xmas moss normal, then weeping moss.

I keep those because they're my favorites.
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That's a good list. Many other mosses are good and add Bolbitis heudelotii as well.
Sounds good, thanks!
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Try a few out if the budget allows, see what likes your tank and what doesn't.
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Try a few out if the budget allows, see what likes your tank and what doesn't.
Good idea!
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Okay, so I've got a bit of a list going, anyone care to critique?

I'd really like a carpet of some kind, I'm looking at either Fissidens fontanus or HC.
I'm really crazy about the red/orange/yellow (autumnal) colors, I've found Ludwigia inclinata, Ludwigia Ovalis, Rotala rotundifolia, Nymphaea Rubra, and red tiger lotus(is that the same as the Nymphaea Rubra? I've looked but can't find out if it is...). I also found a 'red pack' on ebay with {Amazon Swords (Echinodorus "Rose"), Rotala rotundifolia, Rotala wallichii, Ammania senegalensis, Ludwigia arcuata, Ludwigia inclinata, Ludwigia "Rubin", Ludwigia palustris} thoughts on that?
And possibly one of the smaller Anubias and red jungle val.

phew. Sorry it's such a long list...
Any feedback would be most appreciated!!
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Old 07-10-2014, 01:54 PM   #15
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Crypt wendii is good also...

Don't buy plants from overseas (a lot of those on e-bay) it is illegal.

I buy plants from bamaplants, there are other good online dealers as well.
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