I swear I've asked this question before, but no matter how hard I search, I can't find the thread... sorry if this seems super familiar!
I've got a 2.5 gallon tank that I've currently planted with HC on Fluval Shrimp Substrate. It's currently DSM'ing. Water quality is TBD, but straight from the tap it tastes metallicy and bad, so I use a Brita filter to make it palatable for me. I'd like to add some sort of 'tall' plant to the tank along the back and right sides, either vallisneria-like, or bush/hedge-like. There's an AFA near me, but that's about it in terms of plants...unless any of you know a place that's really, really, really close to Stanford in California. Additionally, the following would be nice, but not exactly required (exception of "NOT" plants):
-emersed growing would be very nice, since I'm still DSM'ing the HC.
-NOT Hairgrass. I legit cannot stand the stuff, it grows BBA way too quickly, and I've just had way too many bad encounters with it.
-NOT Crypts. I love crypts, I really do, but they and any other plants that sends out runners, has no place in my tank, as I don't want them choking out my HC.
-Can handle a small growing space: the back and sides has a maximum width of 1 inch, and the rest is devoted to the HC carpet and rock work.
-Approximately 6 inches tall at maximum height. A little above means it'll be trimmed off at the top. A little below is fine as it'll simply be below the water level.
-Provides a bit of shade/cover for small fish/shrimp.
I'm pretty sure that somebody mentioned tiger vallisneria(??) to me at one point, as well as another super bushy plant that looks like grass, but is actually a rosette plant?