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Old 04-07-2019, 05:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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?

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Too much light doesn't harm the plants, it just encourages algae to grow. It also speeds up the plant growth, so you have to do more trimming than you may want to.
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Thanks Hoppycalif, that's good to know. Honestly I think it would be really cool if I could get crypts to grow well and propagate, so I'll probably get some of those after I have poked all gas out of my substrate. I'll share my experience with the poking method, hahaha.

You mentioned in another thread that Amazon swords get the best roots, but would you say one or two crypts could help reverse and then prevent anaerobic substrate in a small tank like mine? I ask because all the swords I have researched seen to get really big, and I don't really want to dominate my little 5 gallon with something as big as that. I know vallisneria is another option for great words , but they seem a be a bit too fast growing for my liking.
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Thanks Hoppycalif, that's good to know. Honestly I think it would be really cool if I could get crypts to grow well and propagate, so I'll probably get some of those after I have poked all gas out of my substrate. I'll share my experience with the poking method, hahaha.

You mentioned in another thread that Amazon swords get the best roots, but would you say one or two crypts could help reverse and then prevent anaerobic substrate in a small tank like mine? I ask because all the swords I have researched seen to get really big, and I don't really want to dominate my little 5 gallon with something as big as that. I know vallisneria is another option for great words , but they seem a be a bit too fast growing for my liking.
Amazon Sword would be definitely too large for this small tank. Crypts are nice plants and there are smaller varieties. Vallisneria species may grow a bit too long, maybe sagittaria can be an option. For me echinodorus tenellus also grew very nice in one of my tanks, but this can be a little bit more sensitive under some conditions.
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Amazon Sword would be definitely too large for this small tank. Crypts are nice plants and there are smaller varieties. Vallisneria species may grow a bit too long, maybe sagittaria can be an option. For me echinodorus tenellus also grew very nice in one of my tanks, but this can be a little bit more sensitive under some conditions.
Ok, thanks for the advice. I think I'll go with a smaller variety of crypt 🙂 I'll post an update after oxygenating my substrate a bit and then adding in the crypts.
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