Which plant(s) are food for these fishes?
Any or all of the following:
Harlequin Rasboras, Neon Tetras, Honey Gouramis, Cory Cats, Guppies.
About 10-12 of these altogether
I'm looking for particular plants that can grow faster than these fishes can eat them, if such exists!
i dont think these fish would really eat a plant even if they did i doubt it would stop the plant from growing
but... is there a favorite plant that they would eat at all?
The only one of those that I haven't kept in a planted tank are honey gouramis (which I haven't kept at all). I have never seen any of them show the slightest interest in eating any of the plants. Generally, these guys all feed on small invertebrates - shrimp, daphnia, worms, skeeter larvae, that sort of thing. I've seen cories eat algae tablets, and neons and guppies peck at them desultorily, but nothing on live plants.
would ghost shrimps eat plants?
i'd love to add a few of them in but i worry that might eat everything up!
and for some reason i think snails are gross... even though they seem to do well for small tanks?
what are those red plants??
it'll be nice to have something red like that!
Looks like Myriophyllum tuberculatum. Per Tropica, requires Very High Light and is difficult to grow. If you want a red plant under low light, you are probably out of luck. However, you can try some of the Cryptocoryne species - C. wendetii ar. "Mi Oya" has leaves with red/purple undersides, var. Red is a brownish red to purple. I've got Ludwigia repens in a 5/5 gallon with a single T-12 tube over it, and it's growing nicely, with red under the leaves and dark green over. Alternanthera reineckii (Red Temple, it's sometimes called) might possibly work for you sort of, but probably needs at least 2 wpg, and probably more in a 12 gallon tank, and I doubt you'll have more than 1.5 wpg unless you retrofit with a compact fluorescent.
wpg = watts per gallon?
and also... do you keep the hood lights on all the time, or turn them off during the night?
8-12 hours is how most people have there lights. For a planted tank 10 hours is good.
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