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Advice on a nice red plant for discus tank

I have a 60 gallon planted discus tank. I am trying to find a nice red plant to add to it. I current have rotala colorata, rotala green, various crypts, various anubius, blyxa japonica, moss.

I want to find a nice red plant to add to the mostly green in the tank. I currently am running 95 watts of compact florescent lighting. I have another 55 watt in the canopy that I don't use right now (BBA problems). I have pressurized CO2.

Any advice on a nice red plant for this tank? Or is my lighting not strong enough?
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Ludwigia repens, nymphea rubra, limnophila aromatica...any of those will go in your tank now, especially if you add the other light. I am growing the l. repens now in 1.8 WPG and less. Dosing some iron will help too.


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Ludwigia repens, nymphea rubra, limnophila aromatica...any of those will go in your tank now, especially if you add the other light. I am growing the l. repens now in 1.8 WPG and less. Dosing some iron will help too.

I never new l. repens could turn really red, but i started dosing iron and its was an amazing red. L. Aromatica is more purple (at least in my tank). a red plant you might consider is rotala wallichii
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I have some amazing red Aponogeton sp. growing from a bulb right now. I agree that l. repens is a great red plant if you give it the right conditions. I had it growing in .67 wpg for a while and it was a pale green, but when i got it in 2.5 wpg, ferts, and co2, the yellows, oranges, and reds really came out.
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rotala macandra is nice, although it can be a bit delicate, but is a nice bright red, with a hint of pink

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Since a discus tank is pretty warm, I would choose something like crypt wendti 'red' or tiger lotus. Ozelot swords can get alot of red on them as well. Look here~
http://www.aquariumplants.com/Warm_W...lants_s/20.htm

Don't know how they would do, you might ask..there is someone in the swap and shop selling some nice red rubin & indian swords right now.
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My vote for Alternanthera reineckii. Doesn't do well in all tanks, but if it does, it looks stunning and is a pretty fast grower.


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