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post #1 of 9 Old 05-25-2014, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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What would be the right size plant for a 10 gal. tank? Right now I'm looking into buying one or two that will fit easily and won't be too much trouble.
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post #2 of 9 Old 05-26-2014, 04:31 AM
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Plants I have and recommend:

An anubias nana. Be sure you get the nanas or smaller types(nanas typically stay around six inches, however some types can get over a foot tall, I have one in my 55 gallon that stuck out the top until I trimmed it!).

Java moss or willow moss is good for smaller tanks.

Most types of anacharis and stem plants are great for smaller tanks. You can let them get as long as you want, train them to circle around or spiral, or keep them shorter. Best part about stem plants is that when you trim them, you can replant or free-float clippings and they will grow more. So you wont be buying a bunch of plants. You can sell clippings often too, if you get too many. =)

Guppy grass is good.

There are some aquatic grasses, again clippable but probably not replantable on the clippings.

Java ferns. They typically stay 4-6 inches.

Amazon Swords would be ok. They need a bit more care than some plants, don't bury the crown or they rot, but do need roots covered, prefer more light than the other plants named. May need root tabs to help keep them healthy. They can be easy or difficult plants, depending on your level of care for them.

The other plants I named aside from swords are pretty good for beginner planted aquariums and will pretty much grow on their own and don't need high levels of light, fertilizers or root tabs. Low-medium light will do well for any stem plants or mosses, medium is recommended for the rest. Tend to do well without any extra help.

Cardinal Plants are also good. Neat little plants. They do prefer higher light areas and well oxygenated water, do best with an airstone in the mix, but otherwise seem to grow pretty well. =)



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post #3 of 9 Old 05-26-2014, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
I'll consider them and add them to the plants I'm ordering for my 20gal, which are hornwort and moss balls. Maybe toss a Moss Ball into the 10gal, along with the driftwood I'm going to buy.
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post #4 of 9 Old 05-26-2014, 05:42 PM
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What type of fish do you want to stock the tank? I have a personal preference for something called Water Sprite. Mature plants can be rooted and the fronds float. As a floater they are refuge for baby livebearers and bubblenest builder material.






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post #5 of 9 Old 05-26-2014, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
Right now I'm considering a Sparkling Gourami, a few otos and maybe a couple of Assassin Snails.
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post #6 of 9 Old 05-27-2014, 10:19 AM
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Don't get amazon swords, they need a tall tank. They'll grow to the top of 24" high tank and will overfill your ten. I'ld second the Anubias nan, but in mine is fillls 1/3 of the tank. However many fish love to hide under the big leaves
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post #7 of 9 Old 05-27-2014, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
I have two anubias in my 20 gal, one a nana, the other a barteri, and right now I'm seeing some new sprouts growing from them. For the 20, I'm looking to buy a hornwort. The ten, I might buy an anubias frazeri and probably a cabomba. I want to get some moss balls, but I'm not sure how many are shipped or if the power filters will provide a strong enough current for them.
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Don't get amazon swords, they need a tall tank. They'll grow to the top of 24" high tank and will overfill your ten. I'ld second the Anubias nan, but in mine is fillls 1/3 of the tank. However many fish love to hide under the big leaves
!!! Do they really?! I didn't know that Amazons got that big, I didn't check into it before answering on that one because I've had one in my tank about two years that has stayed under 8 inches. o-o; Does it take them long to reach larger sizes then?



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post #9 of 9 Old 05-28-2014, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
Got my plants picked out. For the ten gallon, I'm getting an Anubias Frazeri, a Cabomba, and a Wisteria. For the twenty gallon, a Hornwort and a Water Sprite. I was going to buy a driftwood for the ten gallon, but unfortunately the place I would buy it from would have me pay a second shipping and handling charge since it's considered a decoration. Oh well.
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