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Old 12-14-2007, 07:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am posting this for the benefit of members who may be wondering about best plants for a low light tank. This is an excellent list compiled James From Cali at: http://www.myfishtank.net/ I posted it in the general aquarium plant discussion forum as there is no low light specific forum. Hopefully, some members may find it helpful.

"Plants Ideal For Low Light/Low Tech Aquaria
Some people may be wondering what plants do well in a Low Light setup. I used to be the same way(and still am sometimes) and now I am wanting to make a list of what is appropriate for this kind of tank. Any one wanting to add to the list please go ahead. List Common and Scientific name please.

Java Fern - Microsorum pteropus
Windelov Java Fern, Windelov Fern - Microsorum pteropus 'Windelov'
Narrow Leaf Java Fern - Microsorum pteropus v. 'narrow leaf'
Java Moss - Vesicularia dubyana
Green Hygro - Hygrophila polysperma
*Sunset Hygro - Hygrophila polysperma 'Rosanervig'
Ceylon Hygro - Hygrophila polysperma 'Ceylon'
Rotala Rotundifolia - Rotala rotundifolia
Rotala Rotundifolia sp. Green - Rotala rotundifolia sp. 'Green'
Rotala Indica - Rotala indica
Hornwort - Ceratophylum demersum
Parrots Feather - Myriophyllum aquaticum
Moneywort, Water Hyssop - Bocapa monnieri
Brazilian Pennywort, Pennywort - Hydrocotyle leucocephala
Crypt Wendtii - Cryptocoryne wendtii
Crypt Balansae - Cryptocoryne Balansae
Pygmy Crypt - Cryptocoryne pygmaea
Guppy Grass - Najas guadalupensis
Anubias barteri - Anubias barteri v. barteri
Anubias barteri 'marble' - Anubias barteri 'marble'
Anubias barteri v. 'glabra' - Anubias barteri v. 'glabra'
Anubias nana - Anubias barteri v. 'nana'
Coffee leaf anubias - Anubias barteri v. 'coffeefolia'
Crypt retrospiralis - Cryptocoryne retrospiralis
Crypt spiralis - Cryptocoryne spiralis
Golden nana - Anubias barteri v. 'nana golden'
Narrow leaf nana - Anubias barteri v. 'nana narrow leaf'
Petite nana - Anubias barteri v. nana 'petite'
Philippine Java Fern - Microsorum pteropus 'Philippine'
Red Java fern - Microsorum pteropus "red"
Crypt Becketii - Cryptcoryne becketii
Pelia - Monosolenium tenerum
Waterwheel Plant - Aldrovanda vesiculosa
Bacopa - Bacopa caroliniana
African Water Fern - Bolbitis heudelotii
Hornwort - Ceratophyllum submersum
Crypt Aponogetifolia - Cryptocoryne aponogetifolia
Micro Crypt - Cryptocoryne petchii
Tropica Sword - Echinodorus parviflorus 'Tropica'
Downoi - Pogostemon helferi

*Do not ned high light to attain pink color. Dosing Iron can bring out this color. I have learned this from experience.

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Old 12-14-2007, 09:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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thanks for compiling the shopping list for me, I'll be done with college soon, and hopefully making enough money to go plant shopping. I also enjoyed the Barr - Walstead comparison. thanks for the input. I cant wait until im done with homework and can devote free time to comparison experiments. Via the weblinks.
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thanks for compiling the shopping list for me, I'll be done with college soon, and hopefully making enough money to go plant shopping. I also enjoyed the Barr - Walstead comparison. thanks for the input. I cant wait until im done with homework and can devote free time to comparison experiments. Via the weblinks.
Thanks and you are welcome. All credit for the list to James of course as he compiled it. I am still learning. In this hobby I sometimes come across so much conflicting and contradictory information about what to do and what not to do. For instance, there are still people who say never use soil as a substrate and claim to have had nothing but failure doing so, while others who have had planted tanks with a soil substrate(i.e, Diana Walstead, Natural Planted Tank followers) claim that they have set up such tanks for years and their plants and fish are doing great. I just decided that the best way to cut through all the c*ap was just to experiment for myself and see what works for me. The only regret that I have is that I don't have enough room in my home to set up more tanks as there are so many other experiments that I would like to run to satsify my curiousity and hopefully share something that could prove useful/helpful to others on the forum.
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A great list and a keeper! Thanks for posting it.

One minor point: I don't think that Rotala sp. are low light plants. They might grow some in a low light environment, but APC rates them as having medium light requirements and Tropica rates most of them as medium to high.

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One minor point: I don't think that Rotala sp. are low light plants. They might grow some in a low light environment, but APC rates them as having medium light requirements and Tropica rates most of them as medium to high.
Depends on how much c02 yer pumping into the tank.
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Depends on how much c02 yer pumping into the tank.
Very good point.

Plants will 'cope' with much lower lighting if CO2 and other nutrients are higher.

Nice list though.
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Very good point.

Plants will 'cope' with much lower lighting if CO2 and other nutrients are higher.

Nice list though.
LOL. Right! I just equated low light with no CO2 which, of course, is incorrect.

But I do suspect that most low light people do not inject CO2, and rotala will not grow well for them, so maybe I should get half a point anyway? <g>

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Hi everyone, Im the one that created this list origonally on MFT.net. Glad to see it spread around. This is where I beg to differ. I had rotala grow great in just 15 watts over 10g's and dosing iron caused red to come out in them. The tank also didnt have CO2. I have actually tried most of those plants and they all did very well in my tank with just 15 watts! The only one I find debatable on that list is the Downoi. I will post the new list right now with a few more plants that others found work well in their tanks with low light.

Java Fern - Microsorum pteropus
Windelov Java Fern, Windelov Fern - Microsorum pteropus 'Windelov'
Narrow Leaf Java Fern - Microsorum pteropus v. 'narrow leaf'
Java Moss - Vesicularia dubyana
Green Hygro - Hygrophila polysperma
*Sunset Hygro - Hygrophila polysperma 'Rosanervig'
Ceylon Hygro - Hygrophila polysperma 'Ceylon'
*Rotala Rotundifolia - Rotala rotundifolia
Rotala Rotundifolia sp. Green - Rotala rotundifolia sp. 'Green'
*Rotala Indica - Rotala indica
Hornwort - Ceratophylum demersum
*Parrots Feather - Myriophyllum aquaticum
Moneywort, Water Hyssop - Bocapa monnieri
Brazilian Pennywort, Pennywort - Hydrocotyle leucocephala
Crypt Wendtii - Cryptocoryne wendtii
Crypt Balansae - Cryptocoryne Balansae
Pygmy Crypt - Cryptocoryne pygmaea
Guppy Grass - Najas guadalupensis
Anubias barteri - Anubias barteri v. barteri
Anubias barteri 'marble' - Anubias barteri 'marble'
Anubias barteri v. 'glabra' - Anubias barteri v. 'glabra'
Anubias nana - Anubias barteri v. 'nana'
Coffee leaf anubias - Anubias barteri v. 'coffeefolia'
Crypt retrospiralis - Cryptocoryne retrospiralis
Crypt spiralis - Cryptocoryne spiralis
Golden nana - Anubias barteri v. 'nana golden'
Narrow leaf nana - Anubias barteri v. 'nana narrow leaf'
Petite nana - Anubias barteri v. nana 'petite'
Philippine Java Fern - Microsorum pteropus 'Philippine'
Red Java fern - Microsorum pteropus "red"
Crypt Becketii - Cryptcoryne becketii
Pelia - Monosolenium tenerum
Waterwheel Plant - Aldrovanda vesiculosa
Bacopa - Bacopa caroliniana
African Water Fern - Bolbitis heudelotii
Crypt Aponogetifolia - Cryptocoryne aponogetifolia
Micro Crypt - Cryptocoryne petchii
Tropica Sword - Echinodorus parviflorus 'Tropica'
**Downoi - Pogostemon helferi
***Lotus- Nymphaea pubescens
American Waterweed- Elodea canadensis
Vallisneria natans
Water Celery- Vallisneria americana
Vallisneria asiatica
Red Ludwigia- Ludwigia repens
Marimo Ball- Aegagropila linnaei
HC- Hemianthus callitrichoides
Dwarf Sag- Sagittaria subulata
Crinum calimistratum
Water Pennywort- Hydrocotyle ranunculoides

*Do not ned high light to attain pink color. Dosing Iron can bring out this color. I have learned this from experience.
**Debatable
***This is the plant from the bulb pack you get from petsmart. It is not Nyphaea lotus like many believe.
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Thanks and you are welcome. All credit for the list to James of course as he compiled it. I am still learning. In this hobby I sometimes come across so much conflicting and contradictory information about what to do and what not to do. For instance, there are still people who say never use soil as a substrate and claim to have had nothing but failure doing so, while others who have had planted tanks with a soil substrate(i.e, Diana Walstead, Natural Planted Tank followers) claim that they have set up such tanks for years and their plants and fish are doing great. I just decided that the best way to cut through all the c*ap was just to experiment for myself and see what works for me. The only regret that I have is that I don't have enough room in my home to set up more tanks as there are so many other experiments that I would like to run to satsify my curiousity and hopefully share something that could prove useful/helpful to others on the forum.

I have 2 tanks(1 not up and the other in the works of redoing). I just went through and found what plants work best for my set up. And the major factor was lighting and alot of plants did very well when least expected too.
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I have 2 tanks(1 not up and the other in the works of redoing). I just went through and found what plants work best for my set up. And the major factor was lighting and alot of plants did very well when least expected too.
Thanks, for sharing that. That makes a lot of sense. I found that I ran into problems, regardless of light, c02 injection, water column ferts(EI or PPS Pro made no difference), substrate, types of plants(low light/high light), excel use/non-excel use, when I pushed photo-period over 8 hours and lighting intensity over 2.5 watts/gallon. We are talking major algae bloom in all cases where photo-period exceeded 8 hours and light intensity exceeded 2.5 watts/gallon(equally good results were obtained with 2.0 watts/per gallon with all other things being equal). This happened even in tanks that were jam packed with plants, which kind of surprised me.
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