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Cassandra90 03-17-2011 09:04 AM

Beginner Level freshwater plants needed
I need someone to point me in the right direction for live plants. At the moment I have 3 moneyworts, 2 java ferns, and amazon sword. All are doing great in my 55 gallon.

I would love to get more plants, but I do not want to get plants that are hard to care for. I need something easy and that my angels wont eat.

Could some one list a few easy care plants that would possible work?

Thank you!

Byron 03-17-2011 10:27 AM

Any of the Echinodorus genus (swords) will be fine. You mention having one, probably the common sword Echinodorus bleherae, a trio of 3 of these would be nice in a 4-foot 55g tank, spaced unevenly for better effect. They will get large in time, within a few months, but this is a lovely plant. The pygmy chain sword is another for the foreground. And the Dwarf Sword. All are in our profiles, click on the shaded names.

Crypts are nice but can be fussy, so as you said "easy" I would avoid crypts. Brazilian Pennywort is an easy stem plant, and it looks lovely floating, which your angels will love; they are fish that occur in dim light waters and prefer overhead shading. Also in our profiles.


Cassandra90 03-17-2011 10:33 AM

Thank you so much. I will take a look at all those listed.
The tank is a 55 gallon long.

redchigh 03-17-2011 10:56 AM

Actually, many crypts are fussy, but crypt wendtii is nearly bulletproof, and is a good way to add some red or brown to your rabidly expanding collection of green plants.

In my experiance, the pygmy chain sword prefers a bit more light than drawf sag, which looks similiar. Might be something to keep in mind.

I would also try Anubias (many variations, all are easy. Just tie them to something in the tank rather than plant them.), java moss (tie to something), and aponogetons make a lovely and hardy (but short lived) specimen plant. (Most last at least a year or two).

pog0 03-17-2011 11:53 AM

I personally had great experience as a beginner with Rotala Indica and Water Wisteria. They both grew so much that I have to trim every week.

I run CO2 and dose with Flourish Excel. Recently made a bunch of my own Osmocote Plus root tabs that have helped a lot too.

redchigh 03-17-2011 02:28 PM

Wisteria and Rotala both do well without CO2 too... Just make sure you have a good liquid fertiliser.

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