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Only One Haze 11-28-2011 01:18 PM

Is this a good plant stocking?
Getting ready to order the plants for my 30 gallon:
4x15watt 6500K CFLs

Looking at:
6 Vallisneria spiralis - back right corner (also where Hagen Elite double sponge filter will be placed)
5 stems Giant Hygrophila - background between 2 rock mounds
5 stems Brazilian Pennywort - really like this stuff, could wrap some around a branch, float it, plant it
3 java fern - 2 on the left rock pile/trapped branches and 1 around one of the rocks in the second pile
1 dwarf lilly - just left of the bend in the longer branch in the front.
6 pygmy chain sword - foreground
Amazon frogbit or salvinia - floater

Does that sound like a good planting level? Any other thoughts?

Byron 11-28-2011 06:04 PM

Do the bunch plants (pennywort, hygrophila) comes in bunches of 5 stems? One bunch would be sufficient. Just wanted to clarify. Once settled, these will spread fast. Same with the pygmy chain sword, I would suggest 2 plants will do it; within a few months the substrate will be covered wall to wall. Once you start chucking out plants and bits of plant every week you'll wonder why you spent money for so many.:lol:

Frogbit is a nice floating plant, but I have little luck with it, and some have suggested it will not do well in covered tanks, so keep that in mind if you plan on covering the tank. Pennywort is superb floating, so that will take care of that anyway. But if it settles in, frogbit will also rapidly spread, almost like duckweed so that may clue you in. Salvinia too; I like this plant, had it years ago but can't find it locally now.


Only One Haze 11-28-2011 06:46 PM

Yes, one bunch of the Pennywort and Hygro is 5-6 Stems. I ended up with 6 plants of pygmy chain sword so it would look fuller from the getgo, hopefully it doesnt get too unruly. Also purchased 6 plants of Salvinia Cucullata (Asian Watermoss) and 6 plants of dwarf water lettuce. Gonna give those a try and see how I like them. May add some frogbit later to check it out too.

Jbrofish8 11-29-2011 06:27 AM

I had dwarf water lettuce, its really beautiful.

I ended up getting rid of it though. I was having to throw handfuls out every couple of days.. it grows QUICKY. I swapped it out for pennywort and haven't regretted that decision at all.

Just be prepared. :)

Only One Haze 11-29-2011 08:11 AM

Thanks JBro, yeah I will see how this goes. I am gonna try the pennywort floating too. I really like the way it looks so I want it visible in the tank, but I may just have to get more to have some floating.

redchigh 11-29-2011 09:24 AM

Giant hygro is sort of hard to keep in my experience... Hygrophila Difformis is easier... Or Ludwigea repens...
The vallisneria will also spread rapidly... 2-3 plants would do. (On the other hand, they're cheap, so who cares..)

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