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SinCrisis 05-24-2011 08:39 AM

Small red plant
Hey all,

Does anyone know of any non-green, preferably red, plants that stay small? Im looking for a plant to offer some contrast in a nano set-up, but light greens and dark greens can only do so much:-/. Anyone have any suggestions?


redchigh 05-24-2011 09:10 AM

Assuming crypt wendtii isn't doing it for you?

There are some options, but they will require trimming to stay small...

Hygro 'Bold'
Hygro 'Ceylon'
Sunset hygro (dosing iron will bring out red color)
Nymphaea daubenyana African water lily (Absolutely awesome plant, but super hard to find. Bright red, stays short, would be perfect.)
Nymphaea pubescens is larger, but will also work.
Echinodorus' Klienar Prinz' is a small echinodorus with red young leaves.. Maxes out at 12 inches tall.

Have you tried yellow plants? If not, Golden Lloydiella (Lysimachia Nummularia var. Aurea) or Nesea 'Gold' could work. Both require trimming. There'a a golden variety of anubias nana, but I can never find it.

Another great contrast plant is prosperinica sp... Either one works well, and will turn orange with good light.

SinCrisis 05-24-2011 09:22 AM

the crypt wendtii is huge... i need a plant to contrast with stargrass and rosette sword plant and HC, everything is bright green right now. Im hesitant on the red hygros because i dont want more stem plants than the stargrass to deal with, the Kleiner Prinz is too big imo, i was hoping for something that would average height around 6 inches. I will look into the lilys, but in my experience, lilys get pretty big and i know some are well known for stunting growth of plants around them.

redchigh 05-24-2011 09:30 AM

Will this tank be a low light/low tech?

That african water lily stays between 6-8 inches, and will be ok.. The hard part is finding it.

SinCrisis 05-24-2011 09:34 AM

It should be considered high-light, but no co2 tank. May revise the co2 idea later, been really attracted to the fluval systems, but for now, now co2.

redchigh 05-24-2011 09:44 AM

Hmm. It's not red, but have ya considered Staurogyne 'porto velho'? Looks nice, and would work well in soil..

SinCrisis 05-24-2011 10:11 AM

As much as i LOVE that plant, im not sure about it in this set-up, it would make the entire tank a giant mass of green. The drifwood im putting in is going to have moss as well, i feel like the green-ness would be overkill? Also i have trouble finding this plant locally, and i dont have other plants i want to order right now so not sure i want to pay for shipping.

redchigh 05-24-2011 10:18 AM

Hmm. I plan on trying it in an emersed setup if I can find it... It's hard for me to find too, short of hobbiests.
I found another one that sounds short, and relatively easy to control... To bad you'll never be able to find it.
Hygrophila spec. 'Araguai'

SinCrisis 05-24-2011 10:43 AM

well thats not much help if i cant get it... :( although i really like the lil you posted the first time, cant find it though

redchigh 05-24-2011 12:11 PM

Try hobbiests, you might get lucky.

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