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iris600 said:
I like java fern etc, but I know they grow slowly and I was concerned about using them when initially starting up the tank.
I already have some watersprite in another tank I could put in on a temporary basis.
Are there any particular stem plants you recommend when starting up?
What about some of the petite crypts?
I would mix plants you want to keep (slow growers) with some you might not want to keep (fast growers). However when starting out I would lean toward more fast grower than slow growers. Some good fast growing plants to start with are: Anacharis, Hornwort, Watersprite, Wisteria, Ludwigia repens (for some red color). Remember these plants will out grow a 10G tank fast, so you will be doing a lot of pruning.
 
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