plants for low light tank.?

Discussion in 'Plant Help' started by Nick16, 29 Nov 2008.

  1. Nick16

    Nick16 Member

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    hi i have a 38l tank (fry tank with some shrimp in) and i have half of it covered in gravel. there is jbl aquabasis on the bottom, a layer of akadama and then black gravel capping it all. it is 10 US gallons and has a 18 ich 15w T8 bulb. the tank is about 25cm deep so light can pierce through. i will post a pic of the tank later when my camera is charged!!!! :lol:

    anyway, my question is, what plants can i put in there, that tolerate low light levels. i want to steer away from java moss etc. i have diy co2 and dose a tiny bit of easy carbo daily and TPN. (soon to be TPN+) but i would like something that will make good use of the substrate ferts like a crypt, but it all depends on my lighting i guess. so some help is needed. cheers.
     
  2. Thomas McMillan

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    There's quite a bit of choice for you, seeing as you inject CO2 aswell.

    Anubias
    Moss
    Crypts
    Ferns
    Most stems
    Most Echinodorus (Amazon Swords)
    Hairgrass
    Vallis
     
  3. Nick16

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    crypts and swords sounds good. any particular crypts? i have a nevelli in my other tank and its great (called something else now)
     
  4. Thomas McMillan

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    Yeah, I think all Crypts are fine in low light. I've never seen one that isn't. If in doubt, just Google any plants you're unsure of.
     
  5. Nick16

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    the pictures. FTS and the gravel section. sorry i didnt clean the glass. :oops:

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  6. Nick16

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    will i be able to grow Marsilea Crenata Dwarf Four Leaf clover? or any other foreground plant? i have no other way of adding lighting i fear.
     
  7. Thomas McMillan

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    I don't know about that one - Google it. There are two 'foreground' plants that would be okay for you - Crypt Parva and Eleocharis Parvula. They're not as low as things like Glosso and HC but do stay quite low - enough to be a foreground plant.
     
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    It should be fine, like Tom say, eleocharis sp might survive, if it grows a little slow, it can be trimme right down to substrate level to give a nice lawn effect
     
  9. Nick16

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    for the Eleocharis Parvula, from plants alive, should i get 5 or 25? i dont know how big the clumps are or anything. it needs to fill an area or about 15x8cm
     
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    5 would be enough, 10 being plenty.
     
  11. Nick16

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    thanks for the help. i am going to order
    5x E.Parvulus
    2x Echinodorus Amazonicus (E.Brevipedicellatus)
    1x C.Beketti.

    does that sound good?
     
  12. Thomas McMillan

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    Sounds cool, let us know how you get on! :)
     
  13. Nick16

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    will do, i will try these plants out becuase i am trying to set up a 240l so its nice to try the plants first. i dont know if i will use E.parvulus,marselia crenata or blxya japonica for the foreground once it is set up. im still looking at my options. as much as i would love a carpet i have had endless trouble in the past!
     

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