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Plants that Grow Best in and Unheated Tank

What plants grow the best in a tank that ranges from 68 degrees F to 72 degrees F? Only Java Fern seems to be doing well in my 29 gallon that is kept at 68 degrees for Cloud Mountain Minnows. Please share some some plant ideas. Thanks.
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i've never thought of doing a cold tank before....id like to see what is suggested.

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I have a single Crypt (becketti I think) in my wifes unheated Fluval Chi that does just fine. That tank ranges from 62 to 68. I imagine there are other Crypts that would do just fine as well.

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Anacaris, some of the Bacopas will and some Vals. I've heard some Hygros will but i haven't had any experience keeping them in cold water.
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Re: Plants that Grow Best in and Unheated Tank

I used to keep Anubia, water sprite, anacharis, and c. lutea in an unheated gold fish tank.

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+1 on moss. Especially fissidens love cold water. Nothing below 60F though.


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I got a pretty serious carpet of hc, half a tank of riccia floating and vivarpara in my oebt tank. The tank is kept a constant 68 with a fan controlled by a reefkeeper lite. Oh ya and any mosses in there grow well too. Had a Erios ban ba wah and Japan growing great at that temp till I dropped light and co2 for the oebt.
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My walstad bowl and 2.5g are both unheated...let's see. Bowl has some anubias, crypt lutea, bacopa monnieri, a stem of rotala, and some other stuff I can't remember offhand that all are thriving; and the 2.5 just got a redo with glosso, narrow leaf micro sword, a stem of A. reineckiI, and a green crypt wendtii. They're at room temp at the moment, which is probably 68-69F because it's been nice enough out to leave the heat off, but got a bit chilly last night. No ill effects observed this morning however. Don't have any pics handy, but will get some after work (I love mandatory overtime so much).
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ludwigia repens grows great in those temps.
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Nearly every plant you can keep in the hobby.

UG, Ferns, mosses, Crypts, Anubias, all the Bacopas, S. repens.

All my shrimp tanks are 68-72 and many have all kinds of plants.

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What plants grow the best in a tank that ranges from 68 degrees F to 72 degrees F? Only Java Fern seems to be doing well in my 29 gallon that is kept at 68 degrees for Cloud Mountain Minnows. Please share some some plant ideas. Thanks.


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I have backpack and hygrophila difformis growing in an unheated tank


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Nearly every plant you can keep in the hobby.

UG, Ferns, mosses, Crypts, Anubias, all the Bacopas, S. repens.

All my shrimp tanks are 68-72 and many have all kinds of plants.
agreed. many plants will grow there

i've got quite a few specimens that survived a freezing winter in a pond that surprised me....

68 is still a tropical temperature.
50 might limit more of ur options than 68

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agreed. many plants will grow there

i've got quite a few specimens that survived a freezing winter in a pond that surprised me....
Which species exactly?
I'm in the Pacific Northwest - I'd love to know what else I can put in my 300 gallon goldfish pond. The water hyacinths I have to reacquire every year. The lily goes dormant.
I mean as far as what we normally would consider aquarium plants - the pond supply store is full of the more typical pond plants.

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