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post #1 of 4 Old 11-30-2012, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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Plant recommendations.

I'm looking for some plant recommendations for my 75g. This will be my first planted tank and I don't really know exactly what grows best where. Currently I have a couple Amazon Swords towards the back as well as a bunch of Spiral Val as the background, some Pennywort and Ludwigia mixed in here and there in front of the Val. Anubias and Java Moss on some driftwood. I'd really like some medium height plants to fill in the middle. I've heard any carpet plant is rather difficult to grow. I'd love something along the lines of that if possible. Any thoughts?

10g - Red Cherry Shirmp
20g long - SE Asia "Biotope"
30g - Jasper's (GF) Tank
75g - South American "Biotope"
Plenty of empties...
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-30-2012, 05:21 PM
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Yes, most carpet plants need high light and/or CO2 injection to really take off. Some can manage, very slowly, but most will just sit tight and not really expand. It is something you would have to experiment with to see if it works or not.

Pygmy Chain Sword is a medium to small size plant, gets about 4 or 5 ish inches tall and it will send out runners and spread if happy, it only needs moderate lighting and no CO2.

Cryps are also a good midground plant, and they do very well under low light. They can send out runners also and spread, but I haven't had much luck in that regard with them.
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post #3 of 4 Old 11-30-2012, 10:58 PM
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Wisteria is a really fun plant, and if you keep it trimmed it can stay pretty low. I'm a beginner too and it's by far my favorite plant. It takes a while (2-3 weeks for me) to get settled but once it does it's off like a rocket, I get about 2 new leaves a week. And it propagates by cuttings, so every time you trim, you get a new plant (: I also love my anacharis, I swear it could grow in the dark. It grows tall too, but can be trimmed as often as you'd like, and again, just stick the cutting in the sand/gravel and it's off! (: Good luck!
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post #4 of 4 Old 12-01-2012, 10:12 AM
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Agree with what's been posted. Don't forget our plant profiles, several species are included, and they will give you some ideas. However, one does have to be careful about too many species of plants. Fewer species in an aquarium tend to do better than trying to combine too many. Allelopathy may have something to do with this. But aesthetically, fewer plants also unify the space better, creating a more natural appearance, and adding visual space; a jumble of different plants can look like just that, and make the tank seem smaller.


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