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post #1 of 3 Old 08-16-2012, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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Newbie NPT plant question

I am wanting to do a couple low tech, low light NPTs. The first is a 5.5 Gallon tank. Once that is going well, I would like to take some of the trimming and start a 15 Gallon NPT. Would any of these plants work? And would any be better for the beginner?

Monosolenium tenerum
Microsorum pteropus 'Narrow'
Nymphoides sp. "Taiwan"
Ludwigia repens 'Rubin'
Anubias nana
Microsorum pteropus 'Windeløv'
Pogostemon helferi
Taxiphyllum barbieri
Vesicularia ferriei 'Weeping moss'
Vesicularia dubyana 'Christmas'
Hygrophila difformis
Vallisneria nana
Bacopa caroliniana
Echinodorus tenellus

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post #2 of 3 Old 08-16-2012, 12:20 PM
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Anubis, java fern, java moss, and amazon sword...crypts are also good beginner plants. There is also anacharis and some floaters.

I just have flourish liquid and root tabs and everything is growing well
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post #3 of 3 Old 08-16-2012, 02:32 PM
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I would avoid all stem plants; they are fast growing which means higher light and nutrient needs. Plus they tend to grow so fast that you would be continually pulling them up and replanting the tops. In larger tanks this is not so much work. And not just the labour, but for a more consistent aquascape stem plants are best left out.

Not sure what Vallisneria nana is, may have just been a typo, but the Corkscrew Vallisneria [click the name for the profile] is fine esp in hard water; in soft water it doesn't do so well.


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