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post #1 of 16 Old 01-16-2007, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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Can someone help in identifying this plant?

The LFS had this mis marked as water sprite, and the person who helped me didn't know much about it.


This is full tank pic. I want to put more vegetation along the back of the tank, and some ground cover type plant in front of the long piece of driftwood as well as in front of the bigger piece of driftwood. Any suggestions on plants? I would like some green and some with color if possible. I will be getting a CFL 65watt light later this week so I would put my WPG around 3 (based on CFL being 35% more light per watt than traditional lights)
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post #2 of 16 Old 01-16-2007, 09:29 PM
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Hi.

Any close-up pic? Looks like a hygrophila to me otherwise.

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post #3 of 16 Old 01-16-2007, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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Any close-up pic? Looks like a hygrophila to me otherwise.
About as close up as I can get
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Looks like Alternanthera reineckii to me.:) Close to Hygro but even closer to being Alternanthera.:)

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Looks like Alternanthera reineckii to me.:) Close to Hygro but even closer to being Alternanthera.:)
Any suggestions on what else to add to the tank with about a 3WPG light source?

BTW Blue...THANKS for all your help so far
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3 wpg is great for plants requiring high light. Riccia fluitans if tied on a rock with a mesh can serve as a lawn. Pruning can get messy though. Cabomba caroliana are good plants as their bushy appearance will give the fish plenty of area to hide. I had praecox rainbows spawned on a thicket of Cabombas before. None of the eggs last though because I had pencilfish and kuhli loaches consuming them after they fall.:)

I'll leave the rest to the others as I can't think any more plants that will do well in a high lighted tank other than the Riccia and Cabomba. If you like fast-growing plants, Elodea densa are one of those.:)

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Looks like Alternanthera reineckii to me.:) Close to Hygro but even closer to being Alternanthera.:)
Completely agree....

Just to name a few that you can check into.... :)

Lobelia cardinalis 'dwarf'
Bacopa sp. 'Colorata'
Didiplis diandra
Hygrophila polysperma 'Rosanervig'
Limnophila aromatica
Ludwigia repens
Rotala macrandra
Rotala rotundifolia
Rotala sp. 'Colorata'
Rotala wallichii
Echinodorus bleheri 'compacta'
Hydrocotyle verticillata
Crypt Parva
Ammania senegalensis

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Will second Ludwigia repens and I would add:
Any crypt
Pearlweed
Stargrass

I know might have already been suggested but I am terrible with their technical names

One question, are you injecting CO2? If you are then a clover or HC would be a nice addition as well as Echinodorus Tennelus, I think, Lone knows which one I am talking about. He has it in his tanks and it is a really cool ground cover that is almost grassy in look but grows faster and better then micro swords.
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Will second Ludwigia repens and I would add:
Any crypt
Pearlweed
Stargrass

I know might have already been suggested but I am terrible with their technical names

One question, are you injecting CO2? If you are then a clover or HC would be a nice addition as well as Echinodorus Tennelus, I think, Lone knows which one I am talking about. He has it in his tanks and it is a really cool ground cover that is almost grassy in look but grows faster and better then micro swords.
Nope not injecting CO2 and would like to avoid it if possible, I want to get to a moderate planting. Good balance of open water and plants. At what point would I have to start CO2?
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At what point would I have to start CO2?
You actually have a choice whether you like to operate it or not.:) Obviously, high lighting and CO2 when combined makes plants grow at a very fast rate but this also makes them used up all nutrients fast which is why you have to dose the ferts more often. Also more expensive than a low-tech where you don't deal with CO2 at all other than just dosing ferts with the plants fluorishing. Low-tech is mostly for plants that are undemanding like the Elodea densa, Javan fern, Javan moss, etc.

Be careful when dosing CO2. A high level will eventually kill the fish in a few hours. In this case, I usually do a big water change and switch on the airpumps to powerful mode. It hasn't happened since last year though.:)

The choice is up to you whether you like to see lots of plants grow at a fast rate or not.:) Fast growth or not, it doesn't matter.:) Your plants will still fluorish and grow with or without CO2 injection.:)

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