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Plant recommendations for a 5.5gal Nano (slow growing and proportionate)

I am starting a new 5.5 gallon Nano planted tank and am looking for recommendations on plants. Preferably slow-growers or plants that will look proportionate in such a small tank. Lighting is going to be via dual 18W Compact Fluorescent (Current-USA Satellite) and substrate is Activ-Flora.
This tank will be left in my office at work (on light timers) so CO2 injection is not very practical, just bi-weekly Flourish.

Foreground: Hemianthus callitrichoides(HC) or Marsilea minuta (Dwarf Aquatic Clover)? Clover sounds like an easier plant than HC, but I am having touble finding it so I will probably end up with HC. Any other options for foreground?

Background: Lilaeopsis brasiliensis (Microsword) and Micranthemum umbrosum (Baby Tears) for the background? I would like something with some color to it, and am a huge fan of Ludwigia, but it tends to run rampant in a nano tank in my experience. Any "nano" versions of Ludwigia available?

I am open to any recommendations, or if anyone knows of a good listing of Nano plants I would be grateful.

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You'll be running 2x18W of light over a 5.5 and plan for slow growth? You'd be better off running just one bulb or hooking up a DIY Co2 if you don't care to get a pressurized system.
As far as the plants go, HC can grow in low light, but it doesn't really spread. It also grows better with Co2 but again, not a requirement. Marselia minuta will spread pretty quick but if I'm not mistaken stays pretty low even in low light.
The Lilaeopsis brasiliensis grows pretty slow but is more suited as a midground/foreground in a 5.5. I've not had any experience with the other plant so I can't help there.
As far as colorful nano stems, it's not a Ludwigia, but Rotala sp. 'Mini' has a HUGE range of colors and when I had some it never hit the top of my 2.5g.

I've got some M. minuta that I could send you that I have growing out right now, it's not tons but you don't need a lot to start a foreground. PM me if you'd like more info.

Also what are your plans for hardscape? If you're going to have driftwood, Anubias nana 'petite' are great for making a small tank look bigger.


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As stated above, dual 18watts is super overkill, and you're going to be battling algae h-core with that lighting if you don't have Co2 and only slow growers.
Cut the lighting down to one of those bulbs, study a bit more on Flourish dosing (bi-weekly seems sorta low, but it differs), and take a look at this video (put on some peaceful music in the background to add to the effect): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Stj8d...e=channel_page this is one of my favourite videos.


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