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bee 05-21-2008 09:01 PM

easy to care for?
I have a 2.5 Gallon rectangular tank with no lighting. i want to do a small aquatic planted tank. half of the tank will contain water and half will include plants growing above the water. does anyone know, what type of fresh water plant may grow in water yet have leaves that survive out of the water without rotting or drying up? no lucky bamboo please.

if not, any other suggestions? my main idea was getting a tiny filter and stacking rocks up to build a mini water wall as well caring for a few danios in the tank.

do you think anubias or dwarf lilli bulbs will work? or small plants that look like grass will work ( sorry i dont know the name of it )[/img]

okiemavis 05-21-2008 09:17 PM

Most aquatic plants will send up leaves above water. In fact, most aquatic plants will only flower above water.

Are you planning on doing c02? What sort of lighting? I can help you pick out plants more if I know what sort of environment they'll be in. There would probably be some great crypts to go in that tank.

bee 05-21-2008 10:27 PM

well i was looking for anything that could thrive well without fertalizer or heat... ive seen anubias in a goldfish pant before, very nice. if i were to get lightly possibly 5 watts to keep from over heating the water. i would be using a filter that could power aproxximatly 4 gallons, it is very small.

and what do you mean by c02?

bee 05-21-2008 11:05 PM
this is my plan if possible ^^ it will probably be alot more cramped than that because its such a small tank

herefishy 05-21-2008 11:05 PM


bee 05-21-2008 11:07 PM

thanks :)
would amazon leaves beable to live outside of the water?

fish_4_all 05-22-2008 11:07 AM

Anubias for sure, most crypts but they will grow very fast compared to submerged growth. HC grows very well emersed. (Hemianthus callitrichoides) Aquatic Clover will grow well emersed.

Remember that you need to keep the humidity way up for most if not all aquatic plants to survive emersed. A fairly tight fitting lid is needed.

5 watts could grow a lot of plants, just make sure that it is good quality light just like you would for submerged plants. Either that or use the sun, I have seen a lot of setups that are set in direct sunight and they grow emersed plants really well.

okiemavis 05-22-2008 06:57 PM

I was under the impression that HC required co2 and other junk like that to survive.

I agree, natural light may be the way to go, especially if you get some algae cleaners in there.

While low-tech plant tanks can be great, the cost of ferts for such a small tank would be minuscule and entirely worth it IMHO. At least use a good substrate like fluorite or eco-complete to start out with.

rye 05-23-2008 08:03 AM

I'm a beginner into the plants myself, but in looking at plants, I saw a sort of plant...I think it was called a pennywart or pennywort. I looked like a miniature lillypad and I thought it was very sharp, but needed to be able to have the pad above the water, so I ruled it out for my tank. It is something you could look at though if you like the looks of it.

fish_4_all 05-23-2008 10:54 AM

HC and other ground cover do almost require CO2 submerged to grow well. In an emersed setup, where they are above water for the most part they get more than enough CO2 from the air without adding it. You still can add it and I have heard it can help but emersed setups don't need it.

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