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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-16-2005, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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Good plants for a 10 gallon?

I just recently set up a 10g tank for dwarf puffers. Now, I'm looking for plants to try out in the tank. Right now it's mostly the fake plastic sort, but I don't really think that looks that great and I would like eventually to get rid of most of them.

I've never been attracted to the 'leafy' type plants like crypts or Java fern. I don't really like how they look, I wanted to try something a little ... different.

I am thinking of starting with Java moss (I don't like how stringy it looks, but since it attaches readily to rocks and grows quickly, I figured it's still a good addition), hornwort, and marimo algae balls. Basically anything mossy or 'fluffy'.

My lighting is two All-Glass mini compact fluorescent 10w bulbs rated at 6500k.

Riccia fluitans is appealing to me, same with Limnophilia sessiliflora. I was considering Cabomba but I don't think I have the lighting to support it.

Does anyone else have any good ideas as what to try?
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Try Taiwan moss, it looks nicer than java.
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If its your first shot at plants I would start slow and get lower light plants to start. Small tanks are tricky if you try to bite off a big chunk too soon and then all it does is frustrate ya.
My suggestion would be to load it up with a small variety of easy plants at first and then as the tank matures just remove what you dont like and try something new.There are lots of photos of amazing little tanks here that are not all that difficult to grow.

It all starts with matching plants to the lights you have...
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If its your first shot at plants I would start slow and get lower light plants to start. Small tanks are tricky if you try to bite off a big chunk too soon and then all it does is frustrate ya.
I only intend on starting with perhaps 3-4 different plant species.

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My suggestion would be to load it up with a small variety of easy plants at first and then as the tank matures just remove what you dont like and try something new.There are lots of photos of amazing little tanks here that are not all that difficult to grow.
The only problem is that I don't know what is appropriate with my current lighting. I know lighting is tricky on 10 gallon systems, and much of the information about the various different plants is conflicting. For example, some have said that Limnophilia sessiliflora requires high light to grow, others say it doesn't if you just don't mind it getting bushy.

Plus I've pretty much drained my finances for the time being setting up the whole tank and I don't want to buy plants I just don't like the look of, only to toss them later. I just want to have a starting point, so to speak, so I have something to choose from and can make a decision from there.
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For my lowish-light 10gal (click in sig for pic ) I am using two leaved Pearlweed, various mosses (Christmas, weeping, Java), Windelov Java Fern, Lagarosiphon madagascariensis, Rotala indica, Sagittaria...


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If you could get nice "branch-y" looking driftwoods, you could have a Java/Taiwan(I prefer Taiwan too) moss only tank and still have it look really amazing.
Here's an example -

Pic taken off the ADA gallery...
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Thats a fine example of a very easy tank to grow. Take a look at Wasserpests 10 gallon... its a beauty and low maintanance, just ask him

Dont get caught up in the names of plants is all Im saying...I personally would rather see a healthy tank with common easier plants, then a tankfull of unhealthy "different" plants.

If the plants are different then the norm , then they normally have special needs in water quality or lighting or both...

Here is an easy 10 gallon I grew...mainly ferns and moss. Very easy to maintain and pleasing to watch. I would just rather see you have fun with your first tank then run into problems.

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