06-10-2011, 04:50 PM
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I'm a beginner as well and I have several different plants in my 20 gal. I have 2 java fern which were the first that I put in (last Octoberish). They are still doing well. I have LED light since my tank came as a kit, which I think could be considered medium-low lighting. You can weight them down with almost anything, but to my understanding, don't bury the roots as they can then rot.
The other plants that I have are cryptocoryne wendtii, java moss, vallisneria, ambulia (this one does not have a profile on TFK), small sword plant.
The ambulia doesn't have a profile on TFK, but it looks like camboba (sp?) but keeps its leaves better and I use it as both a floater and planted one. The cryptocorynes need higher light and I have planted them near the front of my tank.
I just found moss balls and am trying one now.
As well, my fish don't seem to bother any of the plants. I do have snails (originally from plants bought) and there are now enough of them that I can see some of the plants with holes in them.
Just thought that I'd put my two cents in as a beginner to encourage you on your venture.
Last edited by brownmane; 06-10-2011 at 04:52 PM..