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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-15-2019, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for a short foreground plant

Looking for a short forground plant that would only grow about 1 to 1.5 inches tall at the most.

The tank is a 55 gallon and as far as lighting goes I am using what I have laying around for now.
That is a N.O. 17 watt bulb x2, in the lighting fixture that came with it, and one 55 watt compact florescent with reflector, from AH supply.
I will probably pickup something better later.

I plan on having the 55 watt on one side, on top of the short foreground plant.
The tank is 20 inches deep, no CO2, so pretty much low teck.

I have a forest of Cryptocoryne Wendtii in my main tank, that I am going to be putting in the new 55 gallon tank, but I need something way shorter.

I have a large piece of driftwood that arches up about 3 to 5 inches, and I am looking for something short to put in front, pretty much a carpet that won't block the view.
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I am looking for something short to put in front, pretty much a carpet that won't block the view.
Sagitaria subulata, dwarf sagitaria, its max height will be an inch tops and it can carpet densely.
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I just ordered a 48" Finnex Planted+ 24/7 CRV
No CO2
And any other ideas as to what short plant that would do well without co2 with a 48" Finnex Planted+ 24/7 CRV?

This is what I am trying to grow a carpet in front of.

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I went with echinodorus xinguensis in my low tech build. Loving it so far.


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Lilaeopsis chinensis from Maryland is smaller than the same plant elsewhere and really nice.
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Lilaeopsis chinensis from Maryland is smaller than the same plant elsewhere and really nice.
Will Lilaeopsis chinensis grow with a par of 15? It gets shaded a bit from a piece of driftwood.

I have one 48" Finnex Planted+ 24/7 CRV, the par at the bottom of the tank is 20 directly under the fixture.
Another one would get in the way all the way across the tank, but the par should be 30.

A 55 watt compact fluorescent looks really kind of ugly next to the Finnex Planted, and I want to get away from buying bulbs,
but the par goes up to 41.
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How about helanthium tenellum? I have no experience with this plant but I understand it to be a fairly undemanding foreground plant.


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Crypt parva, maybe? Although I think it grows very slowly.
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As a mater of fact, I just planted 8 pots of Crypt parva on the left side of my shrimp tank.
Same tank.
I am going to see how tall it gets.

But I am looking for super short, to put in front of some driftwood where it arches up.
I still want to see inside.

Older unplanted pic.

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