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New to live plants!

Hi, I'm new to live plants. I've had 5 different bettas, but I've never tried live plants, always been afraid to kill them, lol.

Now I'm going to be getting a 55 gallon tank, and I want to have live plants in it! So my questions are:

Can Java Fern, Anubias Petite Nana, Wendtii Red, and Amazon Swords all grow together? What requirements do these plants have? I'm not very exprienced with anything in home aquariums other than bettas.

What can you tell me about those four plants? Are there others that would be better? It's going to be a tropical tank. The temperature is going to have to be around 75-80 degrees F at all times.

Thanks!!
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Those are good starter plants since they don't need high light. You can use sand, gravel, or a nutrient rich substrate. The crypt and sword are heavy root feeders so root tabs in an inert substrate like gravel or sand is a plus. The java fern and anubias feed more out of the water column.

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Those are fine choices for a planted tank, probably none better for looks, versatility and durability. My A. nana [not petit] and wendtii have been with me for a decade now! The crypt and sword prefer a nutritious substrate - stick a root tab under them every couple months. The Anubias and Java fern look great tied to wood or in crevices between rocks. They need to have their rhizomes exposed to the water, not covered by gravel or sand.


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I agree with radioman and Kathyy
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