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Old 02-11-2016, 11:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, I need some advice choosing plants for a 20-long tank I'm setting up. The set-up is as follows:

Light: Coralife CFL 65w (3.25 wpg). 10 hours per day to start.
Substrate: 40 lbs. Eco-Complete
Filter: Aquaclear 50 HOB
Temp: 76-78
Fertilizers: Flourish, Flourish Excel, Flourish Trace. All per Seachem recommended doses.
CO2: Nothing but Excel to start, though I'm investigating pressurized and DIY CO2.

None of this has been set up, yet. I'm getting things started this weekend.

I'm moderately experienced with plants, but I haven't done anything "fancy" like CO2 infusion, dry ferts, or "difficult to keep plants".

What I need help with is getting an idea of what plants are appropriate for this tank. (FWIW, I haven't chosen fish species yet, though I'm leaning South American.) My local LFSes haven't shown me good specimens, so I'm thinking of ordering online. So far, I'm interested in Dwarf Hairgrass (Eleocharis parvula), Micro Sword (Lilaeopsis novae-zelandiae), or Dwarf Baby Tears (Hemianthus callitrichoides) for the left foreground, Moss Balls for the right foreground, Indian Red Sword for a centerpiece, and.... ??? (Cue Underpants Gnomes)

Most background plants I've researched seem to grow way too tall for a 20-long. I was thinking of crypts for a midground/background placement (Is the light too strong?), and I'd likeone red(ish) plant, but, beyond that, I'm stumped.

So, I'd appreciate advice. What plants would you recommend? And, so I can learn, why would you recommend them?

Thanks in advance.

(Crossposted at other fish and plant fora)
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Old 02-12-2016, 05:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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This is a personal choice.it is totally up top you and the amount of light you provide. Also why order online? You can get the best plants available right here at a fraction of the cost ( most of the time ) Best wishes
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This is a personal choice.it is totally up top you and the amount of light you provide. Also why order online? You can get the best plants available right here at a fraction of the cost ( most of the time ) Best wishes
Thanks for the advice. By "online," I was including sites like APC.
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You can grow many plants in a low light environment. You can get them all to grow better with excel. I would also minimally use a ferilizer tab in the substrate about every 2-3 months

Java, crypts, most stem plants all work. Most red plants need iron and a higher light except for some crypts ( they like tabs)
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An easy way to view possible plant choices is to use the search features on the Plant Finder. You can view lists of plants by difficulty, aquascape placement, and many other characteristics.

A 20 long is a short tank. This makes it easy to light. But keep in mind that many tall growing species will reach the surface very quickly and may keep going, or bend over at the surface in a way that you might not find attractive.
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Old 02-17-2016, 02:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Aquaticz:

I would also minimally use a ferilizer tab in the substrate about every 2-3 months


Even in a "fortified" substrate like eco-complete?

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An easy way to view possible plant choices is to use the search features on the Plant Finder.


Ah, thanks!

But keep in mind that many tall growing species will reach the surface very quickly and may keep going, or bend over at the surface in a way that you might not find attractive.


Yeah, that's concerned me. (I've had bacopa practically cover the surface of a 10g tank). I think I'll stick to midground plants for my tank's background.

thanks folks!
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