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Hi everyone!!

I'm trying to plan out a 10 gallon low tech set up. It will be filtered and heated. I'm looking at getting the Finnex Stingray light.

Right now, I'm looking at the following plants:

Foreground : Java Moss

Mid ground : Anubis Nana, Cryptocoryne Wendtii

Background : Java Fern, Water Wisteria

Are there any other plants that would work well in a low tech setup that I've not listed?

I feel like my foreground is going to be very sparse with only Java Moss...I was looking at Pogostemon Helferi as well...but I read somewhere that it requires a decent amount of CO2.

I know I can't have too much in a 10 gallon, but I would like to have some diversity as well as for it to be pretty heavily planted (this is going to be a community tank with a betta, so I need to provide some hiding places)
 

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Hi shellsie,

Welcome to TPT!

You can grow a fairly extensive list of plants in a low tech 10 gallon; it just depends upon your tastes. Cryptocorynes are always a nice choice, the Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Red' would look nice. Microsorum pteropus (java fern) 'Windelov' would like do well also and not grow as large as regular java fern. Here is my 10 gallon low tech, HOB Aquaclear 20 filter, heater, 2X10 watt CFL lights. You will see Pogostemon helferi (Downoi) growing in the tank but it was a lot of work to keep them going. Questions? Just ask.

10 gallon, low tech; 2X10watt CFL; no CO2 but used Seachem Excel; dosed ferts using EI method
First of all, thanks for the response!!

So far as the crypt. wendtii red. I'd read somewhere that most red plants require higher CO2 that isn't doable in a low tech. Not the case for those perhaps? Or was that a bit of a generalization? Also, is that it in your tank? The reddish broader leafed plant towards the front?

I'll definitely check out the java fern variety you'd mentioned! I may do both as well.

What is the EI method that you refer to for ferts? I'm planning on using seachem excel as well!

Also. Any recommendations for a nice foreground plant? What is that in yours? The grass looking stuff.

And lastly. How much is too much? Lol Should I try and keep myself to a few varieties or can I have a bit of diversity!

I appreciate your response again!! I'm stuck on restricted activity because of complications from surgery (nothing serious) but I've been a bit bored so I'm filling my time with fishy and plant research to help plan out this tank :)

*edit: I've seen a lot about Amazon Frogbit. I'm just not sure on that plant. Any opinions?
 

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I'm definitely going to look into the red crypt variety! It'll be nice to have some variation from all green!!

What sort of substrate are you using?

And I'm glad to hear your prognosis is good!! Staph can get nasty really quick!!!


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