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What's the easiest plant to keep

What's the easiest , low light , can't kill it plant for a 1.5 gallon tank with small led light and cheap filter with gravel substrate?
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Java fern, or a Marmio ball

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I like the wisteria
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a hearty wisteria would be good


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That is a hard question, because what is easy for some might be difficult for others due to their conditions. For me, any of the Cryptocornes grow really well, as do Echinodorus (sword plants). I don't have any luck with Java fern!
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That is a hard question, because what is easy for some might be difficult for others due to their conditions. For me, any of the Cryptocornes grow really well, as do Echinodorus (sword plants). I don't have any luck with Java fern!
I agree. I have great luck with crypts, swords and anubias. However, I can't grow ferns and moss to save my life. It's really going to depend on your setup and water conditions.
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Will vary from aquarium to aquarium due to different water conditions, but my Java Ferns are un-killable! These should be attached to either a log or rock.
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Any of these 3 are very simple to keep.



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Will vary from aquarium to aquarium due to different water conditions, but my Java Ferns are un-killable! These should be attached to either a log or rock.
Still can't grow them. I have tried high tech, low tech, every tank I have, various kinds of Java ferns, always attached to wood or rocks ... no luck. Right now I have two small pieces of 'Windelov' hanging on.
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Still can't grow them. I have tried high tech, low tech, every tank I have, various kinds of Java ferns, always attached to wood or rocks ... no luck. Right now I have two small pieces of 'Windelov' hanging on.
Well, I couldn't get anything else to grow except for them! I tried Hygrophyla difformis (Water Wisteria), Val, Ambulia, and several others which all died very quickly. I use rainwater with added Seachem Equilibrium to up the mineral content. They started out in a goldfish tank and I have since converted to tropical and they are still going strong.
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Most aquarists have one or two plants that won't grow for them, so success isn't guaranteed, but in general, these are the easiest:

Java fern (regular, needle leaf, windelov, trident)
Java moss
Cryptocoryne wendtii (Green, bronze, brown)
Water wisteria
Floaters (duckweed, salvinia, frogbit, floating riccia)
Egeria densa
Anubias (nana and petite would be best for a nano)
Marimo balls
Pygmy chain sword (will need root tabs)

That should give you plenty to work with in a 1.5g. If it were my tank, I would replace the gravel with some cheap sand. Not only for the plants' health, but because it makes cleaning the tank much easier. Gravel has to be vacuumed, but detritus just sits on top of sand. You can siphon it out with some air line or even suck it up with a turkey baster - much easier than trying to maneuver a gravel vacuum around.

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I have yet to kill an anubias. I bought way too much of it and all the extra pieces are just sitting in a spare tank unheated, unlit, next to the window.
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Any of these 3 are very simple to keep.



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Wow those don't even look real

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Most aquarists have one or two plants that won't grow for them, so success isn't guaranteed, but in general, these are the easiest:

Java fern (regular, needle leaf, windelov, trident)
Java moss
Cryptocoryne wendtii (Green, bronze, brown)
Water wisteria
Floaters (duckweed, salvinia, frogbit, floating riccia)
Egeria densa
Anubias (nana and petite would be best for a nano)
Marimo balls
Pygmy chain sword (will need root tabs)

That should give you plenty to work with in a 1.5g. If it were my tank, I would replace the gravel with some cheap sand. Not only for the plants' health, but because it makes cleaning the tank much easier. Gravel has to be vacuumed, but detritus just sits on top of sand. You can siphon it out with some air line or even suck it up with a turkey baster - much easier than trying to maneuver a gravel vacuum around.

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I actually thought about replacing it with a substrate and sand.
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Wow those don't even look real

Bump: I actually thought about replacing it with a substrate and sand.
That image was a joke, they are plastic plants

Your plants will much prefer a real substrate. Eco-complete/flourite is relatively cheap and will help your plants significantly.

Water wisteria, java fern, anubias.
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