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Need background plant suggestion for my 4G

Completely tore down my 4g and restarted with items I had on hand. I've always wanted to give HC a try so here we are. My original idea was to throw some DHG in the background, but now I'm worried it might invade too much into my HC carpet. Now i'm thinking maybe blyxa, but wondering if it's too big for a 4 gallon. Please give me some suggestions!
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-01-2018, 11:47 AM
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Maybe something like Vallisneira spiralis? Might get too tall for your tank though, can't say for certain w/o knowing the dimensions.
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Bacopa sp. compact
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Crypt lutea
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Looks great. Maybe some red for the background? Alternanthera reineckii?


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Thanks for all the suggestions. Tank dimensions are 12L x 10H x 7W. Went through the list and I'm having a hard time deciding. Really going for the simple look of DHG and I might end just giving it a shot to see how it goes. I've had Alternanthera reineckii before and it just slowly melted away. Never figured out what I was missing.
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I think your first thought was good, Blyxa would be perfect. It's also not very invasive.
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I was just about ready to pick up some blyxa, but recently found out chilis are jumpers.

I stocked the tank with chili rasboras without doing enough research. I learned the hard way they are notorious jumpers and I've since lost 4 over the course of 3 weeks. 3 went missing and are nowhere to be found and the 4th was found dead on the floor. Now I'd like to create a darker area for them away from all the light. Any suggestions for tall bushy plants to provide them some sort of umbrella along the back of the tank? I've created a makeshift screen top for now so hopefully I don't have anymore jumpers.

Couple plants I found that might work:
Ranunculus Inundatus
Syngonanthus sp. Belem

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I don't think those plants will stop the fish from jumping. Floaters might help somewhat and keeping the water level lower.
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