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Stem plants that be grown under stock Spec 2 lighting?

Does anyone with a Spec 2 have any stem plants growing under the standard led light? I tried water wisteria and anacharis before, but they didn't work out. I'm wondering if a slower growing stem plant like rotala might work. I'd appreciate any recommendations. Thanks.
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Found this thread in the Low Tech forum and noticed several stem plants listed:

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=56042

Looks like I'll be trying out rotala in my Spec 2. I wouldn't mind trying out some Ludwigia repens too in the future.
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I have Ludwigia repens in mind. Just about all the leaves fell off at first, but new ones came back and it looks great. I also have Cabomba. The plant that is doing the best is Hydrocotyle sp. 'Japan'.
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I have Ludwigia repens in mind. Just about all the leaves fell off at first, but new ones came back and it looks great. I also have Cabomba. The plant that is doing the best is Hydrocotyle sp. 'Japan'.
Thanks. I'm going to be getting some Ludwigia repens next month, so I'll try that out. Thanks for the other recommendations as well.
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I tend to think the most important part of growing plants is the use of fertilization. You will have a lot more success if you just feed the plants.
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I tend to think the most important part of growing plants is the use of fertilization. You will have a lot more success if you just feed the plants.
Definitely looking into that too. I just don't know how safe it is to use fert tabs in such a small tank. I have the flourish tabs, but they seem to be a bit much. I probably could do a modified EI dosing program with Excel. That would probably help the plants as well. I just don't want to do anything to kill my shrimp.
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I have narrow leaf hygro and creeping jenny in my tank with the stock light. Growing slowly but growing.
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