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Brujo 01-19-2010 09:45 PM

best plants for a 6 gallon tank with 3 guppies
 
currently i have 2 plastic plants and i would like to replace them with real plants, its only a 6 gallon so i need plants that would stay kinda small, the tank set up is a marineland eclipse 6 system, it has a full spectrum fluorecent, id like something that will look nice and not take over the aquarium i alos want to change the gravel and get something smaller and more natural looking that the current hot pink, neon green, purple and blue lol.

so what size gravel and what plants would you recomend for my 6 gallon guppy tank?

LisaC144 01-20-2010 08:33 AM

I use black sand with a black background in my 5g. If you don't want sand, I would get very fine gravel. The black would make the colors of the fish really stand out. In my 5g I have 2 Amazon Sword, 1 Java Fern, and 1 Anubias. All are supposed to be easy growers and require low light. I've only had them in my tank for a few days, but they are doing great so far.

aunt kymmie 01-20-2010 12:13 PM

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Originally Posted by LisaC144 (Post 309311)
I use black sand with a black background in my 5g. If you don't want sand, I would get very fine gravel. The black would make the colors of the fish really stand out. In my 5g I have 2 Amazon Sword, 1 Java Fern, and 1 Anubias. All are supposed to be easy growers and require low light. I've only had them in my tank for a few days, but they are doing great so far.

I agree w/ Lisa and have two little tanks (Eclipse 6, just like yours) set up nearly indentically to hers, black backgrounds with black sand. In them I have growing growing java moss, java fern, bacopa caroliniana & monnieri, cabomba caroliniana, cryptocoryne undulata, didiplis diandra, hygrophila difformis, and one other plant that I have no idea. Most of these are stem plants so while it sounds jam packed I have two stems of this, two stems of that, etc. Plants continue to grow for their entire lifespan so there will always be some trimming and pruning to be done. I find that one of the enjoyable chores of keeping and maintaining planted aquariums.

FrogHerder 01-20-2010 12:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Brujo (Post 309146)
currently i have 2 plastic plants and i would like to replace them with real plants, its only a 6 gallon so i need plants that would stay kinda small, the tank set up is a marineland eclipse 6 system, it has a full spectrum fluorecent, id like something that will look nice and not take over the aquarium i alos want to change the gravel and get something smaller and more natural looking that the current hot pink, neon green, purple and blue lol.

so what size gravel and what plants would you recomend for my 6 gallon guppy tank?

We have cryptocoryne wendtii and echinodorus argentinensis in our eclipse 6. Both are doing well despite plenty of newbie mistakes. The crypts form a sparse, even ground cover in the foreground. The swords do a decent job of hiding the filter intake and heater from frontal view. Took a month or two for the swords to really get going. Started growing well after some mulm built up beneath the substrate. Using large pebbles in this tank.

Angel079 01-20-2010 02:18 PM

I'd use playsand or black sand as well.
For plants I'd get cryptocoryne wendtii and walkeri for the back parts and the narrowleaf chain sword for the front/ sides this will grow quickly and nicely fill in kinda like carpet style. Alternative to it for me woud be dwarf Hairgrass (check our my aquarium log on the left here under my name, my newest set up "2nd New Shrimp Farm" has a big row of dwarf hairgrass down the front)

LisaC144 01-20-2010 03:35 PM

I wanted crypto wendtii too for my tank, but the darn LFS was out. Figures.


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