plants for low light tank.?

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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.
 
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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
 

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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)
 
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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.
 

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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.
 
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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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Nick16 said:
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.
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
 

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

does that sound good?
 

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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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