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Anacharis, guys!

I have a 2 gallon (maybe slightly under) with a female betta in it. There is 2 fake plants that she loooves to swim through and sleep in and want to get her anacharis SUPER DUPER bad. I know she'd be in heaven!

I just don't know if it'd survive! Below I'll have super simple version for those who don't want to read everything in-depth and then below that I'll have in depth.

SUPER SIMPLE:
-Low lighting with holes in lid for lighting on top
-Will be left floating
-No fertilizer/Co2
-Tank has airstone & filter
-Tank holds 1 fish that's it
-Constant, constant, constant water changes
-78*-82*
-Never any ammonia, nitrates, nor nitrites due to water changes
-Hard water!
-Average alkalinity sometimes gets high, though (doesn't affect pH)
-pH is 6.5-7.8

IN DEPTH:
The tank gets some daylight (not like direct sun, but daylight) and has a high room light exposure. It lights up her tank, but this is most definitely classified as LOW LIGHTING. Thing is, it's a Kritter Keeper therefore the light gets straight to the top of the water.

Here we go, it would be kept floating. No fertilizer, no CO2. I'm wondering though, if because it the tank is so small will my fish produce a modest amount of Co2 for the plant?? She's just a tiny baby though...

I do constant water changes because the tank is so small.

WATER IS WARM!! Like 82-84*. If I put in cooler water will it strive in 78*-82* water? I've heard of it mushing up and "melting" in warm water... How warm is too warm??

Has an inside filter as well. This thing has an airstone attached and bubbles like crazy. But I know there's tons of oxygen in the tank. Also some bio classes let me know this is good for the plant!

Water is HARD. No where near soft. Also, very low levels of ammonia, nitrates, and nitrites due to it being small with very frequent water changes. All of them are generally non-existant. Obviously no chlorine. pH is around 6.4-7.8. It has an average alkalinity but can get high but this doesn't affect pH because of... FREQUENT WATER CHANGES!

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I have, erm, had anarchis in another soil based tank that did not have a tank heater. I think the temp never gets above 78 in that tank. It all melted and fell apart to a pile of goo. The stems are left behind as a reminder though.
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I would give it a shot and see what happens. Anacharis can be a very hardy plant. When I first setup my tank it had low lights, no CO2 and no nutrients. My anacharis still grew. Now that I have high lighting, CO2 and some nutrients I cant get the stuff to stop growing. (literally like 3 inches a day) I'm gonna have to remove it all since it grows so fast.

Also if you plan on just floating the plant I think it would do even better. Possibly getting some CO2 from the atmosphere and it will be closer to the light source.


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Anacharis is a very hardy plant but it is considered a cold water plant and does not do as well in warmer waters. I would think with your temps it will melt pretty quickly. It thrives in the low 70's, but anything above 75 will not be very good for it IMO.

Another option for a fast growing plant could be water wisteria/hygro difformis, it is also a low light fast grower and will spread rapidly on the surface and will liekly handle the warmer temperatures better.


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My tanks usually stay in the high 60's and 70's. The anacharis in my tanks grow about 3 inches a week. My 5 gallon tank has sand, a heater, no filter, and 3 panda corys. My 1 gallon bowl has sand, no filter, no heater, and 1 betta splenden.

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yes just try it out. when i first started the planted thing I kept my tank at around 78F and the anacharis did very well. The important thing is that it needs flourescent light or CFL in the daylight spectrum.

Floating is IMO the best way to grow it anyway, it will do fine in low light.
Try to clean up any melted portions when you see them.




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You sure you are set on anacharis?
You could do moss tied on a couple of sticks, najas grass, ect?
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I have some anacharis in upper 70s tanks and it's fine. Some of those only receive ambient room light as well. I also put a few foot long stems of it in a tub outside last month (upper 70s - low 80s water temp) and they are all over 3 feet long now. There are a few different species that are all basically labeled as anacharis or elodea, and I believe they have different tolerances. I don't have any directly collected from the wild here, but it does grow wild here.


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Anacharis is like a weed it grows anywhere. Go for it!

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