Originally Posted by djembekah
so 12839 double posts later, i wanted to start a plant list too.
-others??? coffeefolia? etc?
possibly rotala (Izzy said she has had luck with this in low light setups)
looking at this website Low Light Plants
-more root tabs
plants are almost as exciting as fish!
Really not a plant expert, no matter what you think, but here goes.
The Crypts, Anubias, Java fern (avoid the Phillipine variety as I've heard it likes harder water), and moss (not just Java would work plenty of others would too) are great choices even with pretty low light. I've made a tank with just species of those four types and it looks nice...at least IMO.
Rotalas- Izzy was right, but your tank will be 3 inches taller than her's that could make a difference when it comes to stems and if you can keep them.
R. rotundifolia is the best choice. Easy to find, cheap, and grows well in low light. It usually even keeps its lower leaves unless you have ultra low light.
R. indica looks the same as R. rotundifolia except for the flowers. it's a bit tougher to find and also costs a bit more. I know it is often listed as low light, but I had a couple of freebie stem trimmings that I had zero luck with in medium light and CO2.
R. 'colorata', R. 'green', R. 'yao yai', R. 'Singapore', and R. 'H'ra' are all color forms of R. rotundifolia. The colors might not be apparent depending on the light level. So why am I mentioning them? Because they will all work, but might only appear green. Point is if you see a deal on them they should work. All depends on the light level.
Avoid R. wallichi and any form of R. macaranda. R. 'nanjenshan' might or might not work. Really not sure on that one.
Alternanthera-I've never kept them. I've heard they can be kept low tech and low light, but the lower leaves often fall off. I find that ugly, but if you like the palm tree look you can try.
Hygrophila corymbosa- I've kept I think three different forms of this. The problem in low light though is the same as for the Alternanthera reineckii and the loss of lower leaves. Hygrophila polysperma is tough to find (you have to find someone with it in your state) but is pretty, hardy, and works really well in low light. If you can manage to find it give it a try.
Aponogenton- I can't remember which all, but many require being taken out of the aquarium and hibernated. A. crispus doesn't so and is easy so you should look for that if you want an Aponogenton. Pond snails don't eat live plants...except mine loved to chew holes in new lily and Apon leaves. Just a heads up since you love your snails.
This doesn't necessary apply to the link you posted, but if you're googling low light plants and see lists take them with a grain of salt. Those lists don't always differentiate between low light and low tech. Even using DIY CO2 will allow plants to compensate for lower light. That's still low tech, but not like might normally be thought. Pressurized CO2 and the list of "low light" plants gets really big.