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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!
 

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i dont think these fish would really eat a plant even if they did i doubt it would stop the plant from growing
 

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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.
 

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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?
 

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would ghost shrimps eat plants?
No. Also, none of your fish will eat the plants.:)
and for some reason i think snails are gross... even though they seem to do well for small tanks?
You will have to be careful with snails. A majority can eat plants. Pond snails, ramshorns, apple snails, etc.:shake: The first two species listed are quite a pain to remove once they reproduce quickly.
 

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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.
 

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wpg = watts per gallon?

and also... do you keep the hood lights on all the time, or turn them off during the night?
 

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I have mine on when im home, so for an hour before school, and from 6-whenever I go to bed at night; although I have a nightlight on between me and the tank, and the fishies like to swim over there. Its like counting sheep for me, only its fish. The sun isnt on 24/7 in the wild, so dont have your lights on 24/7 :D
 

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most fish that will eat plant matter will either do it un-noticebly or on the other end of the scale strip the tank bare overnight
Harlequin Rasboras, Neon Tetras, Honey Gouramis, Cory Cats, Guppies?
gouramies and guppies will ocasionaly pick at plants but nothing that can be percived all these fish are pedators of small inverts and plants with perhaps the xeption of algae dont really make up any real content to there diet
most snails will strip a planted tank two eceptions that i have are porcupine snails and red ramshorns both are scavengers that will not eat live plants
 
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