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my 'first' nano

I was working on my nano-tank (2.5g) and I think one of the plants I would really love to have for a foreground would be Hemianthus callitrichoides, but I can't find it anywhere. Does anyone know where I could find some?

Also, is there a good rule of thumb for plant selection in nano tanks? When I originally set up my tank I included amazon swords ~9in, java fern on wood and a nymphea lotus ~2 in leaves. Now, I'm trying for more slightly more appropriate plants. It seems like the main objective in nano tanks is to make tiny tanks look bigger or have amano-style 'landscapes'. Can you use larger plants if you keep them trimmed?
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I'm planning on Hemianthus callitrichoides for my new nano as well, I'll let ya know if I find some.

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Also, is there a good rule of thumb for plant selection in nano tanks? When I originally set up my tank I included amazon swords ~9in, java fern on wood and a nymphea lotus ~2 in leaves. Now, I'm trying for more slightly more appropriate plants. It seems like the main objective in nano tanks is to make tiny tanks look bigger or have amano-style 'landscapes'. Can you use larger plants if you keep them trimmed?
I don't think there are really any 'rules', after all it's your tiny paradise, so what goes in it should make you happy. I'd experiment, and find what works well for you and your particular nano
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Can you use larger plants if you keep them trimmed?
It depends. On the plants.

Some simply grow stunted in a smaller tank. In my 10 gal tank I have an Amazon Sword that comes from a mother plant that almost outgrew a 100 gal tank. I put the little plantlet into the tank thinking of yanking it out when it starts to grow, but it is shaded by others and seems to max out at 4 inches leaf length (25 inches in bigger tank).

Others you can pull out, cut in half, and replant. Like most stemplants. But you would probably want to avoid the real fast growers like Ambulia because they'll drive you nuts.

Some you should just try... Java fern isn't that bad for a small tank.


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I think if you put fast growing stem plants in your tank with the intent of just trimming them a lot, you will eventually get sick of it. They tend to grow to the top of the tank startlingly quick and look terrible when trimmed. That is, unless you uproot them and replant the trimmed tops, which is even MORE work and tends to cloud up your tank.
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I got some "Petit Nana" from aquabotanic and it's a beautiful, tiny, hardy plant, probably my all time favorite...

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I have some too, and it is GODLY COOL for nano tanks, especially pico tanks.
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Really try to avoid the fast growing stem plants unless you are planning on getting rid of them soon after planting (for stability issues?)

I put in some wisteria thinking I'd replace it sooner or later but I absolutely hate it now. The extreme amount of roots it has filled the substrate with makes it hard to plant anything around it and I have to prune the thing way too often.

I'm trying to find a good background plant for my 10g that won't take over (baby's tears is really nice I've found), for a 2.5g it must be even harder!
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