06-06-2010, 05:58 PM
| || |
Not sure the little gray cells are working at their best, but here goes anyway.
1. Both plants are crypts, the right one is Cryptocoryne parva. It will remain fairly small, excellent foreground plant. The left is quite common, I think C. wendtii, height can vary from tank to tank; mine tend to stay around 4 inches in height.
2. Stem plants. Taller plant left is Hygrophila polysperma, there are several variants I'm not sure of. The plant on the right, ferny-looking, is another Hygrophila, H. difformis or commonly Water Wisteria.
3. The thicker-leaf plant, dark green, is an Anubias. This should not be planted in the substrate, but attached to a piece of rock or wood. The rhizome can rot if buried, so you should pull this out of the gravel. Grows similar to Java Fern.
4. Stem plant, Alternanthera reineckii. The degree of red in the leaves varies with light and nutrients. A background plant, it will grow up to the surface and should be regularly trimmed to keep it no taller; even so, the lower leaves often die off as the plant grows taller.
5. Another crypt, C. affinis I believe. Midground or foreground, it might reach 8-9 inches, mine have been less tall, it could well stay much as it is in the photo.
6. Crypt again, a form of C. walkerii. I have this now, very lovely plant as it can (like yours is) be reddish-brown and a good contrasting foreground plant.
7. Yet another crypt, C. balansae I believe. Taller than the others, so midground in front of taller plants.
8. I think this is hornwort, another stem plant. I hate this thing, it always falls to bits in my tanks so I gave it up long ago. Some have better luck; there was a thread the other day with comments from several who had it fall apart. It can be very messy when it does.