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Old 03-29-2006, 12:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was hoping some of you may be able to help me by recommending plants for the back of a nano. I have a 10w cf over a 2 gal. so lighting shouldn't be a problem. The plant needs to compliment the broadness of A. nana leaves, but blend in well with the compactness of HM (midground) and either glosso or HC (as the foreground). I was hoping there might be a red plant that I could use. Any suggestions?
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For something so small my only suggestion is a moss wall.
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Well, I was going to suggest HM but since that's your midground there's green rotala which should blend into the HM well enough as they appear similar in size shape and color...similar. Perhaps like an older brother.

There is also rotala sp. "mini" although you would need a lot of it.

And, of course, hairgrasses, although dwarf hairgrass may not grow tall enough, depending on your tastes.

Whether or not any of these plants fit your asthetic needs is up you but they should all be functional and scale properly to the size of the tank. Of the three, only rotala sp. "mini" has any hint of red. That being the magenta coloration on the underside of the leaves. In large quantities this could well enough give a red presence or at least enough color to break up all that green. I would say it's roughly 70% green and 30% bright pink/red when looking at it.

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How tall is the tank, about 6-8 inches I'm assuming? If you want fast and cheap, there's always Rotala rotundifolia 'indica'. Leaves'll be a nice contrast with the green round leaves but you'll be doing a lot of trimming.

Or try:
Didiplis diandra
Ludwigia inclinata var. verticillata (might get too full though)
Rotala wallichii

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Thanks for the replies. I actually was leaning towards some type of rotala and Didiplis diandra. I don't have a problem with trimming, and the tank is 8 inches.

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Right now I'm experimenting with watercress I bought at the supermarket. I floated it in one of my 55g tanks for a few days to root it and then added 2 plants to my 5.5g nano.

This is from when I first added them.


And this was after only 3 days.


This is the same tank today, 5 days later. The two original plants have broken the surface and I've added 5 more plants.
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