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New Nano 3 gallon, need help with plant selection!

Ok, I have an old tank;
Tank dimensions: 9 x 9 x 9
Water Capacity: 3 Gallons (12 liters)
The tank looks like this... I really like that piece of wood - I may use those rocks too as they are quite colorful when submerged.






the stemm plants would be planted behind and to the left of the wood. The Java would be attached to the wood. I don't know what would go in the foreground.. perhaps just sand!

I have selected 6 plants - Red 2, Green 4. I need to narrow down my selection. Most of these are stem plants, about half will grow emmersed- not sure if I would let them or not though.

The plants are (the pictures are from google searches) ;

Alternanthera rosaefolia

Common Name: Red Hygrophila
Color: Bright Red
Lighting: Strong
Position: Background
Emmersed growth: no
Picture: http://www.vergari.com/Acquariofilia...saefolia03.jpg

Rotala Macrandra

Common Name: Giant Red Rotala
Color: Red pink?
Lighting: Bright
Position: Background
Emmersed growth: no?
Picture: http://tropicalresources.net/phpBB2/..._macrandra.jpg

Bacopa caroliniana

Common Name: Giant Red Bacopa
Color: Medium Green
Lighting: Not Critical
Position: Background
Emmersed growth: yes
Picture: http://www.dewinters.nl/images/bacopa%20caroliniana.JPG

Hygrophila polysperma

Common Name: Dwarf Hygrophila
Color: Medium Green - red?
Lighting: Bright
Position: Background
Emmersed growth: yes
Picture: http://www.dewinters.nl/images/hygro...polysperma.JPG

Microsorium pteropus

Common Name: Java fern
Color: Dark Green
Lighting: Low
Position: midground
Emmersed growth: no
Picture: http://www.tropical-aquarium-plants....s/bogwood1.jpg

Hygrophila Difformis

Common Name: Water Wisteria
Scientific name:
Color: Dark Green
Lighting: Low
Position: background
Emmersed growth: yes
Picture: http://www.akwafoto.pl/fotoreport/to..._triflorum.jpg



I want alteast one red plant... which do you suggest? Also I was considering getting 2 -13w compact flourecents for this. Is that enough? Is it too much? Maybe jsut one 13w instead?

Anyother suggestions?

Thanks!
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Hygro Difformis will not go well with your tank. They get way too big even for my 10 gallon... otherwise i don't know much about the others. Maybe not bacopa carolina because it is called GIANT red bacopa... just my 2 cents... w/e that means lol


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They would definitely grow too long. However they are stem plants so can't I just prune them frequently?
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I think that all of them would be too big-leaved for your nice little pico there. However, that is a question of taste.
Check out these two plant lists. The first one I made recently, the other one is a bit older but there are nice comments on those plants!
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Hope they help!
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LOL, you know what? I was looking for a nano tank list and I found that post, but I was more interested nanofish list when I saw it and I forgot to go back and look at the plant list! Thank you!
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LOL!! Lists can be addictive, huh? I know, I like to make them!
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For a nano tank,i would definately stay away from Hygrophila Difformis as it is a very fast grower and it sends roots out into the substrate like a monster so if you are going to pull it out for trimming(which will be very often),your substrate will be disturbed alot. I would also stay away from Alternanthera rosaefolia and Rotala Macrandra unless i am able to supply very high amounts of light as these 2 plant types are light loving plants. Furthermore,i have read in this forum and personally had experience that rotala macrandra is very hard to keep.
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