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I currently have a 30g setup up and running. I would like to have live plants instead of plastic. I am not looking for a lot of plants...just enough to get me started in the hobby.

I'm running on sort of a tight budget, but i was wondering if anyone could recommend some plants that will do fine with low light levels (i'm not sure of the exact wattage since i got it off ebay, but i'm pretty sure it's adequate for what i'm looking for) that will not require CO2 suppliments, and could live in small gravel. If any of you know of a miracle plant like this, then please help!! Who know, there might be one that can get me going until i can get into growing some more plants!

If you could help i would really appreciate it!
 

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As Kevin said, Anubias, Crypts, and Java fern are very hardy:

Anubias barteri v nana
Cryptocoryne wendtii (any variety)
Cryptocoryne walkeri

...these three, along with plain old java fern, should be pretty common at your LFS.

You could also try obtaining some Java moss, and perhaps even some Hygrophila polysperma for a fast growing stem plant.

If you have more than just the stock light, Hygrophila corymbosa v siamensis, Limnophila sessiliflora (Ambulia), Bacopa caroliniana, and Hemianthus micranthemoides also do well in non-CO2 situations. Non-CO2 tanks don't have to be quite so spartan.

Try having at least two-three bulbs over your tank, plant densely... you can have a nice lush tank. It just takes longer.

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A easy plant for beginners and which they will get satisfaction out of cause of the growth is ancharis and it is also inexpensive . I find anubias are not as good for beginners due to the fact of very slow growth and theprobability of algae build up all over the plants. just my opinion though.
 

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tuna_man_phd said:
A easy plant for beginners and which they will get satisfaction out of cause of the growth is ancharis and it is also inexpensive . I find anubias are not as good for beginners due to the fact of very slow growth and theprobability of algae build up all over the plants. just my opinion though.
Ancharis is a good choice. It's built like a tank. This stuff grabs roots quickly and needs lots of trimming because it grows so fast. I like how lush the tops get though when it's really growing out.

Matt
 
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