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post #1 of 7 Old 12-11-2013, 04:31 AM Thread Starter
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Question need plant sugestion for 10g

The nitrates in my 10g tend to get high pretty fast so I am looking to add a plant to help a little. Any sugestions of a plant I can place in gravel that would be appropriate size for a 10g? I don't want it to take over the whole tank. Thanks and I look forward to your ideas.
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post #2 of 7 Old 12-11-2013, 02:49 PM
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The nitrates in my 10g tend to get high pretty fast so I am looking to add a plant to help a little. Any sugestions of a plant I can place in gravel that would be appropriate size for a 10g? I don't want it to take over the whole tank. Thanks and I look forward to your ideas.

I like anacharis and vals for fast growers and small potted type plus an amazon sword for slower growing types.

the fast growers for more immediate reaults slower ones for more long lasting.


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post #3 of 7 Old 12-21-2013, 05:18 AM
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Salvinia natans is a floating plant, slow to start off as it gets use to your water but grows wild when it gets going. I scoop out half of it every two weeks from my 125L Looks better than duck weed imo.

You could then get an anbubias or Java fern as a feature plant, both very hardy, no need to worry about substrate you tie them to rocks or driftwood and they grow slow so you're not pruning them all the time like val.

Floating plants soak up the nitrate easy to remove (just don't throw it in a river, pond or down the drain) and you have a nice feature plant in there as well.

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post #4 of 7 Old 12-21-2013, 01:49 PM
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plenty of success in my 10g with floating plants such as water sprite and pennywort. also other low light plants that will work i.e. java fern or java moss
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post #5 of 7 Old 12-21-2013, 02:47 PM
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make sure you have the right lighting before getting plants ^_^


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post #6 of 7 Old 12-21-2013, 02:57 PM
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hello friend.

I love elodea as a fast growing easy plant . When it gets too tall, just cut it in half and plant the top piece. It grows a lot, but pruning won't hurt it and you can even let it float with no contact with the substrate. Also lots of fish will nibble on it to suplement their diet . The plant is native to north america, so it should do well in your water.

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post #7 of 7 Old 12-21-2013, 05:47 PM
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Anacharis, Java Fern, Anubias, Java moss, floaters or amazon swords would be good. Keep in mind that swords can get big and eventually out-grow a 10gal.

EDIT: Forgot about hornwort (fast grower), pennywort, moneywort, and ludwigia.

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