04-07-2019, 05:46 PM
Join Date: Jan 2019
| | Need strong rooting plant
I have a ~4 month old standard 5 gallon tank and am realizing I need some stronger rooting plants, as I think the soil is becoming anaerobic, and until recently I didn't know that this could be a potential issue. I guess my inexperience is showing, hahaha. My substrates bubbles smell bad, and the only roots that have been in the substrate since set-up is one little hygrophila polysperma that fortuitously hitchhiked in. I'll poke the substrate too, to help alleviate the anaerobic conditions.
My problem is, I'm hoping to find a small crypt species like willisii or albida to solve this problem, but I'm a bit worried about what "low light" means, and if I have it or not. To give a reference point, my hygrophila polysperma's new leaves are red and its about 5 inches from the water surface, which makes me think I have a fair bit of light, but I'm not sure. Could too much light kill the crypts, or is that unlikely?
I attached a picture of the tank. Right now it has the two little polysperma, hornwort, hydrocotyle tripartita, duckweed, and maybe "giant" duckweed (I'm not sure). Thanks for any feedback! 🙂