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Question Is there any such thing as a 'small red plant' that will live well in my jungle?

I just did a major trim (hack) of my 75 gallon tank, looks much better. I need to keep up with the trimming so it doesn't get overgrown. But, I see a couple of spots where I think a small red plant would look great, but after about 30 minutes of searching I figured I'd just break down and ask. I have a feeling there really isn't anything like that, but I'll give it a shot. The smaller the better, your basic 'midground' to 'foreground' type plant. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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Blyxa japonica can get a nice brassy color. Rotala goias is supposed to be a low growing pink plant, but I haven't tried it personally. Various crypts have brown/red shades. Nymphae micranthra, dwarf lily, or tiger lotus might work. Sunset hygro can be trimmed short.


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Blyxa japonica can get a nice brassy color. Rotala goias is supposed to be a low growing pink plant, but I haven't tried it personally. Various crypts have brown/red shades. Nymphae micranthra, dwarf lily, or tiger lotus might work. Sunset hygro can be trimmed short.

yeah i think that you should try out some kind of crypt or the water lillies, they can get a nice red color going that is awasome and do not require lots of light.


I used to have an aponogeton that came in the pack from walmart. It actually was a pretty neat plant and all of it's new growth would come in a bright purpley pink color before fading to green. it would send up flower stalks constantly too that would reach the surface at an alarming rate, about 2 days and then spread into a little flower.

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Tiger lotus is my vote, you just have to pluck off their surface leaves as they grow upward. I dont put a lot of co2 in to my tank, but when I did the leaves got fairly large, 4 inches across But looking at the pic in your profile I think it would fit nicely. Let me know if you want one, I have a bunch right now and am planning a re-scape in a month or so.


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Thanks for the replies, everyone. I'll take a look at those plants and see what might fit in with what I'm thinking. Lumpyfunk, thanks for the offer. A tiger lotus is probably a bit big for what I was thinking, especially since I pump in co2, and 'dry fert' daily. I'll take a look later today or tomorrow when the tank lights are on and see if it might fit somwhere. 4 inch leaves? So the plant may get between 8 and 12 inches wide?

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Ludwigia arcuata/brevipes, Rotala wallichii/rotundfolia. If you stay up with trimming as you say you will, they stay quite small and add a nice splash of color to the midground.

Rotala goias is a nice plant too. It is more of a midground 'bush' than a true foreground though. Also Echinodorus tennellus 'micro' gets a very nice pink/maroon sheen in good light. I'll be putting up a bunch in SNS this weekend. Contact me if you'd like some.

In my experience, Lotuses get simply huge. They are beautiful, but don't sound like what you are looking for.
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What is SNS, I can't seem to find any good description/pictures.

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I would get the E. tennellus or a ludwegia of some type. Repens can be the easiest to find, and is very pretty, even in low loght. Sunset hygro is also a good, hot pink, low light plant.

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what about a cluster of Myriophyllum simulans (red foxtail) it only gets about 12" tall

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How about a picture of you tank so we can make an educated guess as to what may look better as opposed to just rambling off red plant names.


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Heh, I misread the post by macclellen, thought he said he was putting some SNS up for sale. Doh.

I originally had sunset hygro in the tank, looked great, but grew WAY to fast. I'd prune it back, and 3 days later it was overtaking one whole side of the tank. So I yanked it out. I also had some "Echinodorus tennellus", must not have been 'micro' because it kept getting 6 inches high, and I didn't really like how it fit in, so I yanked that also. I'll take a look at the red foxtail and the Echinodorus tennellus 'micro'.

Also, I'll get my son to take pictures today, he just got a new camera, and he's pretty good with it.

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Crypt Wendtii var. Tropica. They sell it at Petsmart all the time, it stays low against the substrate. More brown than red, but a good contrast plant.
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Let us know what you decide on. I am looking for a similar plant for a 29 gallon tank.

I wonder if the Barclaya longfoilia would work for your tank?
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