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Plants for very soft water/low light?

Which plants, if any, would do well in very soft water(almost 0GH and 0kH) and low light(two 10 watt screw in power compacts). Setting up a couple of five gallon tanks with these conditions and looking for any recommendations, floating, rooting, stem, etc.
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Riccia (floating), Java ferns (attached), Cabomba (stem), Valisnerias, Crypts are some you can try.


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But, if the GH is zero, doesn't that mean you have a calcium and magnesium deficiency right from the start? I can see KH and GH being 1 degree, but zero?

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I'd be surprised if any aquatic plants would survive in water of zero hardness.
Are you sure that number is correct?

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I thought SoCal had hard or at least medium hard water. If your gH really is 0, you should raise it a little, to at least 3 if not 5. I suggest using Seachem's Equilibrium. You can find it at some stores or online, like at bigalsonline.com. A little bottle will last you a really, really long time.

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But, if the GH is zero, doesn't that mean you have a calcium and magnesium deficiency right from the start? I can see KH and GH being 1 degree, but zero?
Ah, that's right. I didn't think of that, so definitely can't let it bottom out, but it still may be around 1-2 degrees.

I'm experimenting with some soft/acid water species and using R/O water etc.. I'm just curious which plants would be able to handle really soft water if things get really low. Thanks for the responses.
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