Foreground plants in shade?

Tucker90

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Trying to plan my next tank, I’ve got a basic layout planned but the hardscape casts some shadows,

Looking for “foreground” (smaller plants) that won’t mind a shady spot.

Planning on having lots of microsorum trident, crypts, bolbitis and H. Pinnatifida and glosso.

So low light crypts would be good or something I haven’t thought of?!

Here’s the tank and where I’m thinking;

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Thanks


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alto

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CO2 I assume from the glosso?

If yes, then MC is much more tolerant of shade (it will usually react with slower growth, smaller leaf)

With CO2 and good nutrition, I suspect some of the Crypts will react by growing taller in the shade areas, so I’d choose smallest Crypts available
Marsilea hirsuta and crenata are other options
Buce - placed between the rocks in one shaded position, tied to a small stone and placed atop soil in the other (though some do grow Buce very successfully in substrate)
Mosses - as with the Buce, tie to stone and then lift for trimming
 

Tucker90

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CO2 I assume from the glosso?

If yes, then MC is much more tolerant of shade (it will usually react with slower growth, smaller leaf)

With CO2 and good nutrition, I suspect some of the Crypts will react by growing taller in the shade areas, so I’d choose smallest Crypts available
Marsilea hirsuta and crenata are other options
Buce - placed between the rocks in one shaded position, tied to a small stone and placed atop soil in the other (though some do grow Buce very successfully in substrate)
Mosses - as with the Buce, tie to stone and then lift for trimming

Hi alto,

Yeah, co2 via FE and will be an in-line diffuser, the one in the picture is temp!

I’ve seen people growing buce in substrate but the 1 time I tried it it just died back within weeks!

I think I will look to planting buce in the crack on the right and crypt parva on the left!

Going to be trying out the 1-2 pots for the parva so hopefully it works!


Crypt size description varies so much! Really wish I could find a simple scale of various sizes.

But I guess the conditions in which they are grown varies the size they are!

This has a chihiros RGB above it so will get more than enough light for anything!

Thanks for the advice!



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Be aware, that Crypt. Parva is really not as shade tolerant as many other Crypts. The Crypt. Parva has very little leaf-plate and stay close to bottom of your tank......both means the plant will receive less light.
 

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