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Plants that play well together from your observations

Before placing a plant order for my 37 bowfront, I want to have some idea if there are any species that are particularly aggressive. This will be a medium light, low tech tech dirted tank.

I like Crypts, Anubias, Indan red swords, dwarf sags.. to name a few. I know there are no guarantees, but I'd like to minimize the likelihood of problems stemming from allelopathy.
So any combinations (doesn't have to be what I listed) that have done well for you long term, or a certain species that should be avoided - any info would be appreciated.

Or if there is an older thread you can point me to, that would be fine and appreciated to.

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I believe in the allelopathy theory. In nature you seldom find several Sp. of Crypts living in close proximity. People will post they keep many varieties in the same tank. However, I would offer Survive & Thrive are not the same thing. The same thing goes for fish & inverts.

A little research and you cash find what grows/lives together in nature. Mimic nature as much as your reasonably can and you odds at success go up.
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Before placing a plant order for my 37 bowfront, I want to have some idea if there are any species that are particularly aggressive. This will be a medium light, low tech tech dirted tank.

I like Crypts, Anubias, Indan red swords, dwarf sags.. to name a few. I know there are no guarantees, but I'd like to minimize the likelihood of problems stemming from allelopathy.
So any combinations (doesn't have to be what I listed) that have done well for you long term, or a certain species that should be avoided - any info would be appreciated.

Or if there is an older thread you can point me to, that would be fine and appreciated to.

Cheers
Hello J...

IMO no tank is complete without floating plants. They're natrual water filters and a well planted tank is a healthy tank. The best water filters are Anacharis and Pennywort. They're fairly undemanding about lighting. In the attached pic, the two are in subdued to moderate light. No special ferts, just the kind the fish produce and a bit of hydroponics liquid dosed once a week when I change out half the tank's water.

These two floaters have gotten a bit overgrown, but just a little trimming once a week and they stay under control.

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I would offer Survive & Thrive are not the same thing. The same thing goes for fish & inverts.
Yes - I've given that council many times with regard to fish and inverts over the years. Plants are still new to me - I appreciate the post, thank you.
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Hello J...

IMO no tank is complete without floating plants. They're natrual water filters and a well planted tank is a healthy tank. The best water filters are Anacharis and Pennywort. They're fairly undemanding about lighting. In the attached pic, the two are in subdued to moderate light. No special ferts, just the kind the fish produce and a bit of hydroponics liquid dosed once a week when I change out half the tank's water.

These two floaters have gotten a bit overgrown, but just a little trimming once a week and they stay under control.

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Thanks - I was considering hornwort.
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