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Olympia 05-05-2012 09:50 PM

Need a foreground plant.
So, my tank has progressed with leaps and bounds since I started.
I just bought some seachem flourish tabs today. Right now the tank is stocked with apongeton crispus (it's not as frilly as it should be, I think?) apongeton natans, some type of bacopa, hornwort, java moss, wendtii crypts and some moss balls.
However, I always seem to gravitate to tall plants and can't seem to find some nice foreground plants to put in front of the driftwood? I need some ideas. I need low light low maintenance (wouldn't mind trimming though).
Here's a visual, it's a 15 gallon tank, but it's divided and this is the 10 gallon portion which I'm working on:

Sakura8 05-05-2012 10:31 PM

Crypto parva, crypto undulata, dwarf sag, and pygmy chain sword are all good foreground plants. Can also try dwarf hairgrass but sometimes it needs a really nutrient rich substrate to take off.

Byron 05-06-2012 10:15 AM

Those would be my suggestions too. The so-called "carpet" plants like hairgrass sometimes manage in less light, often not, so I would go with the other plants if you don't want to risk money on hairgrass. I use the pygmy chain sword in most of my tanks, crypts in one.

Blaxicanlatino 05-07-2012 07:33 PM

there are many foreground plants however not many carpet plants suited for your tank. The only lowlihgt id suggest is microsword. However it grows SUPER slow! EVen in my high tech tanks.

Olympia 05-07-2012 07:36 PM

I've seen dwarf sag and pretty sure pygmy chain sword at the store. I'll have to pick one of the two up.
I already have my crypts, they are growing at a pretty good speed (however I just planted stems, so I guess it makes sense that they sprouted leaves quickly?).
I'm not really looking for a carpet, just some short things for the front. I'm hoping the moss will eventually carpet the driftwood and that's all I need. :D

Blaxicanlatino 05-07-2012 07:53 PM

well theres a trick i did with marimo ball (that green ball in your tank.) Wehn the ball got big enough or if i had much of it, i cut it up and super glued it to some drift wood. It looks amazing!

Olympia 05-07-2012 08:34 PM

I've heard of people doing that. But I could never chop up my beloved marimo ball. :D

Sakura8 05-07-2012 09:16 PM

You can tease off a chunk and tie it to driftwood and eventually, it'll cover it. But I think it takes like years and years because moss balls grow so slowly.

Bombalurina 05-11-2012 10:07 PM

I second the chain sword. Alternatively, a couple of small java ferns could be lovely. :)

Olympia 05-11-2012 10:37 PM

I'm going to the fish store tomorrow, we'll see what I can find!
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