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  1. Default Requesting suggestions for low-maintenance plants

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    With a busy schedule forecast for next year, I'm on the lookout for "low-maintenance" plant options to fill out a few non-planted spots in my tanks. Fore/mid/background suggestions are all welcome. I'm not looking for floating plants though.

    My tanks are 20G and 30G, both with about 2.6 W/g of T5HO lighting in the plant-friendly spectrum. No CO2. I dose with Seachem Flourish and Potassium weekly, and occasionally Trace. I'm not using Excel currently.

    What I mean by low-maintenance: plants that generally stay put, don't get too big, and don't require frequent trimmings. For example, stem plants that need to be trimmed/replanted frequently, or plants that produce runners, are disqualified. Obviously, some maintenance from time to time is necessary, but ideally this would be just a quick trim (without having to replant) or cutting off a few old leaves. Some good examples are sword plants and crypts, of which I have several and they are great, but I'd like to have more diversity. Also, I'm not looking for java fern or Anubias species.

    Any recommendations would be much appreciated.

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    There's a few good suggestions in the below
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    Thanks for these. I ended up getting some (more) swords, Crinum, and Aponogeton species. I also believe that "low-maintenance" and "easy/beginner" plants have some overlap but are not necessarily synonymous. If a beginner plant grows like a weed, that could actually take up a fair amount of maintenance time (trimming it, removing runners, replanting stems, making sure it doesn't take over the entire tank or block off light to other plants, etc.) Certainly, high-tech/demanding plants would not be "low-maintenance" either though. Maybe there's a sweet spot.
    Last edited by biotsrama; 03-06-2013 at 04:32 AM.

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    Some of those plants listed might overrun your tank with no trimming, but if little maintenance includes a little trimming every once in a while, like once every 3 weeks maybe, then You have your low maintenance tank.
    Last edited by Greentoads41; 03-06-2013 at 04:39 AM.
    Tanks: 30 gal community and 10 gal shrimp/community
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    Yeah, definitely a little maintenance/trimming here and there is necessary. It's not like I will be ignoring the tank just won't have as much time to devote to it as in the past.

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