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I have had my tank for a month now when I ran into a BBA (Black brush algae) attack on my straight vals. I tried to clean them off by soaking them in a 1:20 bleach solution, however they were destroyed. I need a background plant that can withstand hard water my specs are indicated below. I have thought about using RO water but need more cash to make that happen. So in the short term, what would be the best plant for me?

Water parameters:

Temp 77 F
pH ~7.4
NH3 ~0-.125 ppm
NO2 ~ 0 ppm
NO3 ~10-15 ppm
GH 15 dGH (~265ppm)
KH 11 dKH (~196.9 ppm)
PO4 ~.8 mg/L
Silicates ~18.5 mg/L
 

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You may want to try vals again it was the bleach and bba not the hard water that destroyed them and they usually do well in hard water,also swords,dwarf sag. and many crypts will do well.What size tank?
The tank is 15 gals. I may do that with a huge concentration of them. I was in the midst of purchasing rotala sp. 'green', but upon further research, it seemed that they tend to prefer softer water with lower dKH dGH levels. Thoughts?
 
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