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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-25-2013, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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Any foreground plants with a color besides green?

I'm looking for a foreground plant for my 10 gallon that has a color besides green in it - red, bronze, pink, yellow, etc. Could anyone recommend one that would get that coloring with my lighting?

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2 Zoomed Ultrasun Daylight Compact Fluorescents (6500 Kelvin 10 watts each)
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kinda hard to have a defined foreground, mid ground and background on such a small, shallow tank. But I really like red wendtii. Its pretty easy to keep and CAN stay small enough for a foreground plant as long as your lighting isnt too high.
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I'm concerned that since my lighting is high enough to get red colors from the plants already in there, it might also be too bright for the Crypt to stay small. What kind of lighting do you have for your Crypts, and how many inches tall are they?

Also, does anyone know if Alternanthera reineckii 'mini' or Hygrophilla sp. 'Araguaia' are small enough to be foreground plants in a 10 gallon, keeping in mind the tank is only 12 inches high? I don't need them to hug the substrate, but I don't want them to look like they belong in the midground of a tank this small and were just stuck in the foreground either.
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You might consider Nymphaea Lotus var. Rubra (Red Tiger Lotus).
Even in a small 10 gal tank, one Lotus, kept properly trimmed on a regular basis, can be readily maintained within 4"-5" tall, and of similar-sized width/bushiness, with leaves no larger than about 2".
I've done do in a 10 gal tank, and it provided great color contrast.
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If you go with the lotus, realize that that means a _lot_ of trimming if you have high light. I have one in my betta tank and love it, but I swear it tries to take over the tank on a weekly basis. The color is beautiful, though.
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