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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-18-2020, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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Low tech red stem plant

I am looking for a preferably stem plant that is for the background. Id like it to be red or have hints or red or a different color than green. Thanks!
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I am looking for a preferably stem plant that is for the background. Id like it to be red or have hints or red or a different color than green. Thanks!
You might try Indian Red Sword Echinodorus. I have it growing in a low tech and after a few months it's doing quite well. The tank does have pretty good light though.
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Ludwigia Repens is good one for med light and ferts.

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Ludwigia Repens is good one for med light and ferts.

So I have a fluval spec 2.6 gallon the newer version, would that light be strong enough to give me a more robust red color?
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So I have a fluval spec 2.6 gallon the newer version, would that light be strong enough to give me a more robust red color?
You should have started with 2.6gal qualifier. Repens is about 5x to big a plant for that tank.

Ludwigia Super Red Mini might work, will still be only a nice bronze red in that light and about 1/5 the size. Wont be bright, bright red like youll see in pics on net but will get by.
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Whats 2.6gal qualifier?
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That you were looking for a background plant for a pico sized tank, that specification would disqualify about 90% of plants as they wouldnt fit that size tank.
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I was also researching on this topic recently, it seems Ludwigia Palustris may fit your needs. It can be quite tall though from what I read.
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As others have said, most stem plants are too big and/or would needs lots of trimming to stay in a tank that size. If it's available in your area, Hygrophila polysperma "Sunset" is ridiculously easy to grow and varies from pink to red depending on the amount of light--but would need constant trimming to keep it in bounds.

There area lots of small red, bronze or pink crypts that would work in a small tank with low to medium light. Too many to list here, but my go-to resources for aquatic plants are https://www.flowgrow.de/db/aquaticplants and https://tropica.com/en . Browse through the pictures until you find something that catches your eye. The Tropica website also has lots of pics of aquascapes from easy to difficult, and list all the plants in each--good source of inspiration
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