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Old 06-22-2010, 07:53 PM   #1
 
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plant. Or other small plants that I could use in a 2.5 gallon betta tank that I am thinking about setting up. I do not like java ferns, or java moss so anything else that is low light that you guys think will work. The tank will have a glass lid and I will be useing a desk lamp over it for light. Also would a small full spectrum 10 watt daylight bulb work since it will not be right on the tank but slightly above it?
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Old 06-23-2010, 12:19 PM   #2
 
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The first low light plant that comes to mind is anubias.Cryptocoryne would also work.I have 3 different kinds of crypts and like all of them.
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Old 06-23-2010, 12:33 PM   #3
 
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On the ground cover check out the echinodorus tenellus(pygmy chain sword) in the profiles section if its a grass look you want.
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Old 06-23-2010, 02:08 PM   #4
 
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Yes the grass like look is what I want thank you so much for your help. I was actually at my favorite LFS today and they had some but I am not quite ready to set the tank up. I have both the other plants you suggested in my other tanks and you are right about both of them I really like the color variety of the Cryptocoryne. I did get some duck weed, a penny wort, and water sprite to add to two of my other tanks. The owner gave me the duckweed. He is also going to order me some dwarf corys to add to a tank I have.

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Old 06-23-2010, 02:30 PM   #5
 
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Yes the grass like look is what I want thank you so much for your help. I was actually at my favorite LFS today and they had some but I am not quite ready to set the tank up. I have both the other plants you suggested in my other tanks and you are right about both of them I really like the color variety of the Cryptocoryne. I did get some duck weed, a penny wort, and water sprite to add to two of my other tanks. The owner gave me the duckweed. He is also going to order me some dwarf corys to add to a tank I have.
Amanda, a suggestion (or two) on the dwarf corys. Make sure the tank they are going in is established (minimum 2 months running). They will settle in much better, believe me.

Second, when they arrive at the store, I would not choose them for several days, preferably a week after they arrive. Corys do not like being shipped [I imagine no fish does] but corys can be hard hit by shipping. They are highly susceptible to ammonia and in fish bags this is obviously high. I have many, many times seen tanks of corys arrive in fish stores and within a couple days many (sometimes even all) of the corys are dead. This is one fish I would never buy immediately after it has come in. I speak from sad personal experience. And the dwarf species seem even more sensitive in this respect.

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Old 06-23-2010, 02:34 PM   #6
 
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They will be going into a tank that has been up and running for over a year now so no worrys there. I will ask him to hold them for a week before I go pick them up that is a good idea that I had not thought of. Thank you.
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Old 06-23-2010, 11:05 PM   #7
 
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plant. Or other small plants that I could use in a 2.5 gallon betta tank that I am thinking about setting up. I do not like java ferns, or java moss so anything else that is low light that you guys think will work. The tank will have a glass lid and I will be useing a desk lamp over it for light. Also would a small full spectrum 10 watt daylight bulb work since it will not be right on the tank but slightly above it?
Crypt. Parva,Marsilea minuta are great low light plants, the crypt stays pretty small, and the Marsilea spreads very nicely creating a nice thick carpet. They might be a good choice for a 2.5 gal. Several species of Val. would do good too. They get long, so once you get a nice cover over the tank, regular trimming would be needed.
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Old 06-24-2010, 09:00 AM   #8
 
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Thank you. I like the Marsilea minuta but was not sure if it would work. I will go with which ever one I can find here locally when the time comes. Thank you all for all your help.
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Thank you. I like the Marsilea minuta but was not sure if it would work. I will go with which ever one I can find here locally when the time comes. Thank you all for all your help.
Your welcome. Marsilea is tough as nails. I have it in both of my tanks, my 36 is a low light tank, it spreads very slowly, but does spread. And I have it in my 5.5gal which is a mid/high light tank where it spreads like a wild fire lol.
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Old 06-24-2010, 09:28 AM   #10
 
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Ok good I like tough easy plants. LOL
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