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post #1 of 9 Old 04-11-2011, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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plants for a ten gallon?

I was wondering what plants would be best for a 10gallon tank? I know it is hard to say when not knowing what one is planning on doing with the tank Soo I will say this one is going to be a QT and the other I am planning on setting up for a dwarf puffer fish. My water normally runs as follows ph 7.4 (7.2 out of the tap) gh and kh are both around 7 in my big tank. Any sugguestions?
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post #2 of 9 Old 04-11-2011, 02:48 PM
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Hornwort is good for most tanks, low demands and fish don't eat it :)
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Java Fern. The best plant ever. Grows in low light, practically nothing eats it, and grows slowly. Very low maintenance.
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I find stem plants a nuisance esp in small tanks as ou are constantly uprooting them to keep them within limits. There are several substrate-rooted plants that would suit your water parameters. Have a look at the crypts (Cryptocoryne species) in the profiles, also the pygmy chain sword, Sagittaria subulata, Dwarf Sword, Corkscrew Vallisneria. I have or have had all of these in a 10g. And several of these have been in with a dwarf puffer (which is freshwater).

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I find stem plants a nuisance esp in small tanks as ou are constantly uprooting them to keep them within limits. There are several substrate-rooted plants that would suit your water parameters. Have a look at the crypts (Cryptocoryne species) in the profiles, also the pygmy chain sword, Sagittaria subulata, Dwarf Sword, Corkscrew Vallisneria. I have or have had all of these in a 10g. And several of these have been in with a dwarf puffer (which is freshwater).
Okay thanks. Byron will check into those plants
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+1 on most of the plants Byron mentioned, but the twisted val will get a bit long and float across the surface of the tank. It's a great plant if you don't mind that.

I want to add Echinodorus Blehirae var Compacta, Echinodorus var Vesuvius, Java Moss, Anubias Nana var Petit, and if you want to give stem plants a try, I reccomend ludwigea repens and prosperinica palustrus. Both grow relatively slow (for stem plants).

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+1 on most of the plants Byron mentioned, but the twisted val will get a bit long and float across the surface of the tank. It's a great plant if you don't mind that.

I want to add Echinodorus Blehirae var Compacta, Echinodorus var Vesuvius, Java Moss, Anubias Nana var Petit, and if you want to give stem plants a try, I reccomend ludwigea repens and prosperinica palustrus. Both grow relatively slow (for stem plants).
LoL i just remembered I posted this thread.. thanks for the Suggestions guys Its still going to be awhile before I can get that tank started. Still in the process of working out the problems on my big tank. I don't really want to start another tank till I have my main tank running right.
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post #8 of 9 Old 04-18-2011, 01:55 AM
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Hello Boredomb, all the plants mentioned are great. Just for ideas, here is what in my 10g:

Stem plants = Hornwort, Red Hygro, Anacharis, Hygro. compacta which is a new personal favorite

Rooted plants = Compact amazon sword (dwarf is smaller than this), Cyptocoryne wendtii, C. undulata, C. parva, C. cilitia, C. crispatulata, C. sp. (not sure, maybe willisi?), Dwarf Sagitaria, Dwarf Hairgrass, Valisnera sp. (?), Micro Sword, Glossostigma sp.

Other= Java moss, Java fern, Anubias barteri nana

Its a bit of a jungle in there, which I like and so do all the inhabitants. It is a bit of work to keep under control, especially the hornwort, but aside from that there is room to grow. You have more options in a 10 gallon tank than you think. I have low light as well, which makes it harder for the ground cover and micro leaf-sized plants, but they still can survive and grow. My pH is nearly 8 out of the tap, but is stable around 7.5 in the tank. Temp is usually around 75. I keep zebra danios that are adult sized along with a few oto's and of course MTS.
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Thanks Aqua Jon will keep those in mind as well
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