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post #1 of 5 Old 10-25-2012, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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Best plant to grow a "forest"?

I'd like to grow a thick area in the back/side of my tank to create like a 'forest' affect, and for my fish to hide and play in. I'd like something that will root well and hopefully send some runners. My tank is a 35gal, with a low light/low tech set up. I'd really like some suggestions, thanks so much :)
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-25-2012, 10:09 PM
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I'd like to grow a thick area in the back/side of my tank to create like a 'forest' affect, and for my fish to hide and play in. I'd like something that will root well and hopefully send some runners. My tank is a 35gal, with a low light/low tech set up. I'd really like some suggestions, thanks so much :)
Jungle val would definitely work if you want the "forest" effect. Here is a good photo of a setup, the Jungle val is the ones on the far right of the aquarium.

http://www.tankgeek.com/wp-content/u...lisneria21.jpg

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post #3 of 5 Old 10-26-2012, 07:43 AM
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Vals are nice, as mentioned, if you have moderate hard to hard water. They do not do well in soft water.

I have found a similar plant though that does really well in soft water and is taking over the left side of my tank. It is called Cryptocoryne spiralis.

In the photo below they are the tall plants on the left that extend from the substrate all the way up to the surface. In the front center and right is Pygmy Chain Swords. That is about as big as they get, but they too will 'carpet' a tank by sending out runners.

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post #4 of 5 Old 10-26-2012, 08:06 AM
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Water sprite would make bushy type growth with lot's of runner's and grow's relatively fast.
I have some that easily reaches top of 80 gallon tank, and requires frequent trimming.
Crypt spiralis mentioned above would work also, but I have found that crypt balansae grow's a bit faster, with same type leaves more or less.

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post #5 of 5 Old 10-31-2012, 01:10 AM
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There's a lot of options, how much work were you wanting?
Many stem plants would probably work... (ceratopteris mentioned above is sort of a stem plant, ludwigea might work.. If you try a 'typical' stem plant, when they get leggy and you trim, plant the top 1/3 in front to hide the stems behind.
If you want something grassy thet doesn't need trimming, dwarf sag, micro sword or crypt spiralis. Want a larger broad-leafed plant? Many swords can be planted fairly close together, and crypt wendtii does very well packed in together.
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