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Old 11-14-2005, 12:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Tiny plants for a not-so-tiny tank?

I really enjoy the look of smaller plants and I wanted to aquascape my 10 gallon with mostly smaller plants. I'm running 2 U-shaped mini compact fluorescents (the type you screw into incandescent sockets), 10 watts, 6500K.

What are good plants that stay tiny, or form mats, that my lighting can support?

I currently have a java fern, a Cryptocoryne x willisii, two shorts strands of java moss (found in a bunch of hornwort), hornwort and two marimo algae balls.
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if you're looking for a carpet that stays relatively low to the ground and is small, I would recommend either:
glossostigma
elatine trianda
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i second on glossos. I have similar setting, but 13W per bulb instead, and have no trouble with glossos. very nice.

if u want a little bit taller, dwarf sags, dward hairgrass, e. tenellus are nice too.
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Definitely hairgrass and consider Marsilea crenata, or clover, which does not require high light or CO2 and looks remarkably like glosso when happy and established.

You might also consider Hygrophila corymbosa, which does not have tiny leaves but stays relatively small and works great in a 10gal, and A. nana "petite." There are other mosses, like Christmas moss, that you could look into. I have been able to train Hemianthus micranthemoides (baby tears) to grow laterally across the substrate and it forms a mound that way, and is not at all overwhelming my 2gal bowl. The leaves are quite tiny and delicate.
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Get rid of the marmio balls I had one and now I have a lot of green fuzz algae all over my substrate that I cant get of.
For plants try a Marsellia species as mentioned above and dwarf sag, crypts, anubias are all good canidates for your tank.
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I think the Elatine is much easier to care for than glosso, is less tempermental and is a nicer color. Just my 2 cents...
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I would say to go for a HC field. It's leaves are much smaller than glosso and it doesn't grow upwards like a stem plant if light is anything less than perfect.
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Thanks for all the suggestions everyone. Anubias barteri v. nana 'Petite' has been on my list for a very long time, but I can't for the life of me find it anywhere locally, nor within the country.

My LFS that deals in Tropica plants is problematic and won't tell me whether or not they'll even order it, just that they're sure some of the plants I want will come in sometime (be damned if they can tell me when the plant orders come in, too). It's an epidemic here, plants get snapped up so fast that even stuff that's acknowledged as common here is a bit difficult to find without getting to a store straight after a plant order has arrived.

Aquabid is a bit difficult because of lack of a PayPal account and a credit card, otherwise I'd probably be getting most of my plants from there, although having access to Tropica plants is lovely, if the ones I want come in.

I like my marimo balls. I broke mine up, created a tiny mini marimo ball, and used the rest to wrap around my driftwood. I am hoping it will attach and grow. I find it rather attractive.

HC is also on my list and I'm hoping to be able to find it.

I enjoy Monosolenium tellerum as a rock/driftwood carpet, but the LFS I mentioned above will only sell it pre-attached to small rocks for $20 a shot.
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I think you would benefit greatly from a local FW aquarium club, if you can find one. Many of the plants you read about on the forums are traded among hobbyists, and don't wind up in the LFS, since (at least around here) they are not willing to run higher light, CO2 injected tanks to maintain the plants for sale. I'll bet there are many Canadian hobbyists who regularly sell and trade clippings of their plants.
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I think you would benefit greatly from a local FW aquarium club, if you can find one. Many of the plants you read about on the forums are traded among hobbyists, and don't wind up in the LFS, since (at least around here) they are not willing to run higher light, CO2 injected tanks to maintain the plants for sale. I'll bet there are many Canadian hobbyists who regularly sell and trade clippings of their plants.
There is one, and I just took a look through what's been selling for plants at their auctions. (Many of the members participate on a local fish forum as well).

It's mostly hornwort, crinum, java moss, java fern, Echinodorus, the common types of Cryptocorynes that can always be found at the LFS, Anubias (never b.v. nana 'Petite', however), water wisteria, watersprite... Very few people seem to have a liking for the smaller plants.

I have asked on the forum if anyone has the species I want. Either no one does, or they're not willing to sell, I didn't really get any replies aside from that LFS again claiming they can order things in if I ask.

I might have to branch out of the province and start asking at other provincial fish societies/clubs, what's here is pretty slim pickings.
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