Nano Background Plant Suggestions? - The Planted Tank Forum
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-14-2011, 07:35 AM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
kiera's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Baldwinsville, NY
Posts: 67
Nano Background Plant Suggestions?

So I'm doing a low-tech 4G Finnex Pico Deluxe, dimensions 12 1/4" x 7 1/2" x 10 1/4" (31cm x 19cm x 26cm) with the stock 26 watt fixture. This tank will house shrimp, a snail, and possibly a betta or a very small shoal of 6 nano-fish.

I've never had a planted tank before, but I do know I that want plants that are scaled properly for a nano. I'm interested in trying a somewhat heavily planted nature aquarium style for this tank. I've found several foreground carpets and middle ground plants of interest, but my inexperience stymies me when it comes to background plants. I'd love any suggestions y'all have for something that will grow nicely in a nutrient substrate and won't be too picky for a noob aquascaper. (I do grow lots of houseplants, so I'm not totally inept.)

Thanks, guys.
kiera is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-14-2011, 08:22 AM
Algae Grower
 
echoofformless's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Philadelphia PA
Posts: 102
Corkscrew vals make a nice wall sort of background since they don't spread wide they don't take up much of a footprint. You can also go with some of the more robust cryptocoryne species. You can look into moss walls as well. Rotala indica will create colorful contrasts.

Just off the top of my head.
echoofformless is offline  
post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-14-2011, 01:35 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
EntoCraig's Avatar
 
PTrader: (5/100%)
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Utah, USA
Posts: 2,056
WELCOME!

I have used several rotalla species for nano backgrounds. They grow fast but are easily trimmed and the smaller leaf structure makes them proportional in the tank.

I also have used crypts and Dwarf sagetaria which grew taller in the low light, making it suitable for a background.

I assume needle leef java fern would make a good background plant in a nano also.

Moss background are fairly simple as well.
EntoCraig is offline  
 
post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-14-2011, 03:37 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
demonr6's Avatar
 
PTrader: (21/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: florida
Posts: 1,242
I use crypts in my same tank you have. Also I have a moss wall which is something else to consider. Takes some time to grow out though which is not for everyone.

The Fraternity of Dirt #5
I'm dirty


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
-RETIRED
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
- 06/2012

.sdrawkcab dootsrednu tub sdrawrof devil si efiL
demonr6 is offline  
post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-14-2011, 04:44 PM
Planted Member
 
SuperWen's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Indonesia
Posts: 255
vote for eleocharis vivipara


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
SuperWen is offline  
post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-14-2011, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
kiera's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Baldwinsville, NY
Posts: 67
Great, thanks for all the suggestions. I like the way the corkscrew vals and Eleocharis vivipara look, and the rotalla is very pretty. I'm a bit wary about crypts--I like the way many of them look, but I see a lot of complaints about melt. Is it a really common problem?

I did a bit more research by looking at some nano photos with plant ids.. anyone have any experience with the Bacopas monnieri and caroliniana or Cyperus helferi? (For now I'm ignoring how difficult or easy plants are to acquire--just making lists.)

Thanks again--I really appreciate the welcome and help.
kiera is offline  
post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-14-2011, 07:19 PM
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: May 2011
Location: California
Posts: 430
There's always the classic Java Fern. There's a couple different varieties out there, several of which stay very small. Then there's always Water Sprite, the narrow leaf varieties look nice and grow well when planted. You'll need to trim the tops occasionally.
RandomMan is offline  
post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-14-2011, 07:21 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
xJaypex's Avatar
 
PTrader: (44/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Phoenix, Az
Posts: 1,101
What about Blyxa for a background? I'm sure itll look nice in a nano.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
xJaypex is offline  
post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-14-2011, 07:29 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
duff's Avatar
 
PTrader: (29/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Dallas
Posts: 594
Personally I have fallen in love with crypts for their beauty and easy of care. Also long as you don't move them too much and give roots tabs every now and again (3 months or so) they are happy, trouble free for the most part and will bounce back if you move them. I vote Crypts!

Good luck _ i just set up the same tank and love it!


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.



To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
duff is offline  
post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-14-2011, 07:34 PM
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Mackinaw, Illinois
Posts: 94
i will soon be using heteranthera zosterifolia and rotala rotundifolia in my 5 gallon cube w/ 26 watt cfl, and mineralized topsoil. Right now i have najas guadalupensis in there and it grows really fast and somewhat "messy"
Ryan10517 is offline  
post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-14-2011, 08:09 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
radioman's Avatar
 
PTrader: (14/100%)
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 1,401
I vote Blyxa japonica, just because one can fill in space so well.
radioman is offline  
post #12 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-15-2011, 01:17 AM
Algae Grower
 
echoofformless's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Philadelphia PA
Posts: 102
The only reason I would put in a word of "eh" to the blyxa is because it spreads wider than vals or rotala. In a nano tank that is only 7.5" deep, it would overtake the midground a little too much in my opinion. Plus it doesn't get the height one might wish. I'd say it's an excellent midground option though.
echoofformless is offline  
post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-15-2011, 03:24 AM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
kiera's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Baldwinsville, NY
Posts: 67
Quote:
Good luck _ i just set up the same tank and love it!
I've heard a lot of good things about it. I can't wait to order it after I get paid next week.

Quote:
Personally I have fallen in love with crypts for their beauty and easy of care.
OK, you've won me over. Crypts really are very pretty and I suppose if I order some crypts and melt them I can chalk it up to experience.

Quote:
heteranthera zosterifolia and rotala rotundfolia
Wow, what beautiful plants.

Quote:
Rotala indica will create colorful contrasts.
Dunno how I missed this suggestion earlier, but I found an absolutely stunning photo of this plant on flickr.
kiera is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome