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what are your 3 favorite plants?

I want to get some oppinions on what your 3 favorite plants are. the first being a ground cover, the second being something mid size and the third being a taller background plant.
try to consider looks, hardiness and other factors.
I am going to use this as a starting point in my choices for my 90 gallon tank.

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It really depends on what you want to do here.

Low maintenance? Anubias on driftwood, java fern on driftwood, Limnophila sessiflora, and Marsilea sp. Mid, back, and foregrounds taken care of.

My favorite background plant would be H. balsamica. Ever since I went low tech, the only thing I have ever missed was that particular plant.

I've tried every foreground there is. H. micanthemoides or H. callitrichoides would be my favorites. Or empty foreground, so much easier.

My favorite midground is moss on wood, but for high tech it would be Echinodorus latifolius. Taller than E. tennellus, and better looking. Rather invasive.

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H. Micranethmoides is my favorite plant, especially since its a good foreground, midground and background.
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foreground: Marselia quadrafolia (only needs medium light, low maintenance, stays low and fish like to hide in it)

middleground: Lobelia cardinalis, dwarf form (it has a beautiful shape, stays fairly small and is low maintenance) or Blyxa aubertii (nice grassy shape with olive yellow green color, very low maintenance)

background: Eustralis stellata (beautiful burgundy on undersides and interesting shape, not the fastest stem plant there is so maintenance is lower)
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crypts of any kind
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1- H.C.
2- Blyxa Japonica
3- Tie between java fern and giant hairgrass
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1- HC (or HM... or maybe S. subulata)
2 - Anubias on driftwood
3 - Jungle vals, Bacopa caroliniana or Rotala rotundifolia


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I don't have experience with a large variety of plants but,

1) Vals, of whatever sort. I just like how they look and the image they bring to the tank.
2) Cabomba, this is the first plant that has actually grown like a weed in my tank, in less than a week it's almost tripled in size from when I first got it.
3) ANYTHING that grows like a carpet, I've never had the lighting to keep any of these plants but, I love the "lawn" look in aquariums.


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I tend to rank themselves by "usefulness" for aquascaping.

Light Colored:
-HC/Glosso
-M. Umbrossum
-Rotala (especially rotundifolia)

Dark Colored:
-Moss
-Anubias/Ferns
-Crypts

Yeah, that's vague, but there's a lot of useful plants out there and that's sort of . . . the only factor I pay attention to. ^^;
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My HM always grow up... Otherwise, HM is very good,

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HM is a great plant
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1.) Micro Swords
2.) Anubias Nana
3.) Cabomba(any type) or Corkscrew Vals

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Downoi, Anubias nana var "petite" and Elatine triandra.
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forground: hairgrass
middle: driftwood with moss on them
background: Vals
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