Hey guys. I'm setting up another nano tank to move my chili rasboras into, and I want to try and use plants with really small leaves to sort of force scale. I got a cool piece of mopani with a natural hollow center forming a cave, and sort of want to make it look like a giant fallen sequoia tree by surrounding it in small, fine stuff.
I have microsword on hand that I can use for a groundcover, though I use it in a lot of tanks and am not especially attached to the idea of using it here, and was also considering ordering ranunculus or some other interesting low grower to mix in around the base of the wood. I also have some myaca fluviatilis to add height.
Do you guys have any suggestions for other plants I should try? Other groundcovers (I think adding more than one in different areas might actually look more natural anyway), what do you think for backgrounds? I have gobs of rotala, but it looks surprisingly chunky next to the myaca. Is pearlweed finer looking (never seen it in person, but it looks pretty dainty)? I would really love something that looks like ferns that can grow on the wood but won't get as big as say bolbitis.
Help. I have seen a lot of cool plants online, but it's hard to get a sense of scale from a pic.
Tank in question is a standard 5g, full spectrum LED lighting (very bright, enought to color up rotala all the way to the base), no co2 but I do use liquid carbon as needed, small HOB filter, ecocomplete (but probably going to swap for the black diamond sand I bought). I usually dose tanks, planning to use root tabs as well. Fish will be 6 chili rasboras.
Update: Well, I saw one of my favorite fleabay sellers had cuba on sale, as well as pearlweed and a few other things, so I got those and some dwarf pennywort (hydrocotyle sibthorpioides). Hoping the pennywort leaves are as small as they seem in pics, otherwise it'll go in my fry tank as a floater for the babies. Never tried cuba before, but the price was right, and I do a lot of microsword in my tanks, so I figured "why not?" How fast does it spread? You think clumps of taller hairgrass would be able to grow with it if I added some of that to grow in a few spots?
I have some staurogyne repens on hand also, but I'm on the fence about using it. It's bigger leaves then I want, but would look "shrubby" against the groundcovers. You guys have any other suggestions? I'm scratching my head for something that will look like bushes to place around the wood.
I've always wanted to do a nano that looked like a small version of a scene that would normally be much larger, but most of my tanks are just jungles of swords, crypts and stem plants with some groundcover in the gaps.
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