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Old 12-26-2012, 06:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 30cm (1') Non-Stem Background Plant Recommendations for 9G Cube

I'm gonna be remodelling my 9G Eheim Cube and I'm looking for recommendations for a good background plant that isn't a stem plant. The water column is just a little less than 30cm (or 1 foot) and this is a low to medium tech tank. Stem plants have proven to be to much of a pain with the trimming and the loss of leaves when I forget to fertilize regularly. I've tried Vallisneria (one of the shorter corkscrew varieties ... unfortunately I don't recall the exact scientific name) however it never got more than 6 inches tall. I might try looking for another val species to try but I'm also looking for other suggestions to consider.

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I've been doing more research on plant choices and I'm thinking of maybe trying Cyperus helferi as a background plant. I've had it before in a 20G a few years back and I liked it. I'm just not 100% if it will be small enough for a 9G with about 30cm of water column.

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I think C. helferi would be a very good choice, with a small remark, it is not the easiest plant and grows quite slow. You might look into Eleocharis vivapara as well. Javafern 'narrow' could be nice as a background plant as well
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