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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-27-2020, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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Any plants that don't grow too high?

I've got a 2.5 ish gallon tank that I hope I will put a few cherry shrimp in sometime in the next decade.
The temperature jumps around 65 to 75 Fahrenheit and the tank is 12 ish inches tall.
Currently, there are 2 marimo moss balls in there and some clovers (Marsilea quadrifolia) in there along with a whole ton of water fleas and a few pond snails.
I use API leaf zone sometimes too.
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Don't add shrimp until you get that temperature stabilized. Shrimp are harder to keep in smaller aquariums because its hard to keep consistent water parameters (including temp, tds, pH).
Marimo grows so slow its a non factor for helping with water quality (2.5 packed full of marimo won't make a dent in nitrates). Also marimo is an extremely slow growing form of hair algae-so don't use any algae-cide products in the tank (including seachem excel).
Are you looking for low, medium, high light plants?
Are you willing to trim plants (like stem plants and mosses)?
Anubias nana, anubias petite, anubias micro, anubias pinto/marble, anbuias coin/round leaf.. I'm sure there are plenty more I'm forgetting. Dwarf hair grass (i've not had much luck with this), crypt parva (grows insanely slow-don't wait for it to carpet the tank, it'll take forever), echinodorus parviflorus (small sword plants-needs ferts including iron), micro sword (tiny grass like sword-takes a long time to fill in).
If willing to trim:
Pretty much all mosses, monte carlo or glosso.. or dwarf baby tears (if medium/high light), hydro japan.
stems like: hornwort, luwigia, anacharis, rotala, pearlweed, guppygrass
There are more but that's all I can think of right now.
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I'm just looking for mid to background plants because I already have a carpeting plant in there. I have a pretty constant bright light shining into the aquarium too. And yes I am willing to do matinence as long as its not every single day.
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I'm just looking for mid to background plants because I already have a carpeting plant in there. I have a pretty constant bright light shining into the aquarium too. And yes I am willing to do matinence as long as its not every single day.
Ah sorry misread as looking for foreground plants.
I'm fan of 'dwarf' (usually not true dwarf) sag gets around 6-8" does NOT cut like hair grass..but it gets prolific once established.
Italian or corckscrew vals are a trim-able 'grass' you can use for mid or back. tons of stems, blyxa j. , downoi is a personal fav for me.. want to get a hold of that again.

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Do you think Java moss could be fine in my tank? I have a stack of 3 red rocks in my aquarium. Could I attach the java moss to my rocks easily?
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