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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-09-2014, 01:52 AM Thread Starter
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This is my fish tank. It's a 3 gal half moon, with a 10 watt 65,000k bulb( that I believe I run way too long, but I don't have a timer control yet.) The filter is a Whisper small and I plan to buy another for the other side soon. In my tank I have the Betta, Mr. Fins, 3 ghost shrimp, and a pond snail. The pond snail is going to be re-homed because it keeps on laying eggs on my mystery plant, and I don't want the plant to be damaged.

Now about the mystery plant. I bought it 4 days ago and I'm not sure what it is or the care for it. I thought it was an Amazon swords, but now I don't think so after comparing pictures. It might be a marble queen, the leaves have the same ridge on each side, but again, no clue. I was wondering if anyone would be able to tell me the name of this plant so I can research the care. I don't have CO2, fertilizers, Excel, iron, root taps, or anything like that. I have read conflicting information on whether or not all/some of that is needed in a tank my size. Oh, I also do water changes on the tank once to twice a week depending in the ammonia levels.

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The reason it is difficult to identify is those leaves are likely from being grown emersed instead of submerged so the plant has not yet adapted to growing underwater. The rounder shape of those leaves will likely give way to longer narrower leaves as new growth emerges.

It could be this plant:
But I am not expert in matters of aquatic taxonomy and may well be wrong.
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Thank you, I'll do some research on that plant.
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Please ignore the fake plant. I just have it in there till my tank gets a little more grown in.

I am wanting to cover the rock hide that's in my tank with a plant, that's easy to care for. I was thinking maybe a moss or ground cover of some sort. I was wondering if anyone had an idea of one that would work in my tank. The specs are at the beginning of the post.

Oh, and on a side note. I'm super excited because the new plant I got last week has 2 new leaves coming in.
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