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I used to have a couple of real plants but they got covered in algae so i had to dispose of them. Are their plant species that are good for a biginner plant keeper without a co2 system?

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Plant species I'd recommend for a beginner without CO2 - Hygrophila polysperma, echindorus bleheri (Amazon Sword), Egeria Densa, Cryptocoryne wendtii, Java Fern.
I've kept all of these successfully in non-Co2 aquariums.

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And Java Moss...
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And Java Moss...
No man. That stuff is more like pretty algae.

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any of the VAllisneria or sagitteria will also do well

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Rotala Indica was one of the first plants I put in my tank and I have had really good luck with it. Actually I had a little too much luck with it because it turned into my own little "kelp" forest.
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junebug what substrate do you use?

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Flourite mixed with a small bag of regular aquarium gravel.
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I think that R. indica borders on a weed. It's not uite as bad as Limnophila sessiflora, but it grows pretty prolifically anywhere I've put it. It doesn't seem to require co2 and will do very well in a moderately lit tank IME.

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rotala indica is definitely a weed once you get over 3wpg and CO2 injection. I have two indica bushes in my tank that have become too big...but it's so hard to toss them out.
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I have it in my 12 at 2 wpg with no co2 and it's becoming weedlike in there also.

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why in the world can i not grow rotala then........sheesh.... well i can grow it...but it doesn't look that nice....

malkore you lucky man..!! you throw them out!!! ouch...

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Yeah, it sent out so many lateral shoots I had to tear them up. The only thing more prolific has been the dwarf sag. I was able to trade some of it to my LFS for credit.
try sticking a root tab under it.

my wife has a bush of r. indica in her tank as well, with a flourite substrate, and it puts out as many shoots as mine, and has grown the full height of the tank, and is quite pink on the tops. very lush and pretty.
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ok i will try the roottab idea...thanks a lot!

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