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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-01-2005, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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Best plants for nanos

I have a 1.5 gallon and another 2.5 gallon. The 1.5 has a 7 watt fluorescent that's on during working hours (it's at the office) plus the office fluorescents that are on 10-12 hours a day (though this is a hex spigot jar made of recycled green glass, and I put the cork lid on loosely when I leave, in order to preserve some of the warmth and keep dust and stuff from the cleaning crew from getting into the water). The 2.5 has a plant light set about 2 feet away.

Both are planted, but I need to make some changes, as some of the plants (particularly the small swords in the 1.5) are not thriving.

What are the best plants for these conditions? Both are betta tanks, so while foreground plants are great, I need some taller plants or floating tanks to break up the current from the filters and give them near-surface leaves to rest in.

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I really like hornwort in my 5gal betta tank at work. The tank is a hex and I put in a screw in cf. I also let moss just float around too.

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You could try a A. nana "petite" in the 1.5 gallon or, like figgy said, you could float some riccia or moss. My bettas love blowing bubbles in the riccia because it keeps the bubbles intact.
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Thanks! I tried riccia, but it didn't like my water for some reason.

But anubias and hornwort might be good options. (Does hornwort need good lighting?)

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You can't go wrong with moss.
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You can't kill hornwort.
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Try this link for a good discussion on plants for a nano tank.
If you do a search on the forums, you'll find tons of threads about suitable plants for a nano...hope this helps!

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Originally Posted by Jerm
You can't kill hornwort.
Oh, that's what they said about anacharis, and I haven't been able to keep a single stalk alive. LOL.

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A. Nana on some small driftwood works great, I also have hairgrass thriving in my nano. Fontinalis (Common Water Moss) comes in 'balls' at my LFS, it shouldn't be too hard to do where you are. Lemme know how it goes.
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