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02-28-2013, 04:22 AM #1
Requesting suggestions for low-maintenance plants
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.
02-28-2013, 05:15 AM #2
There's a few good suggestions in the below
http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=4074If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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03-06-2013, 05:30 AM #3
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 05:32 AM.
03-06-2013, 05:37 AM #4
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 05:39 AM.Tanks: 30 gal community and 10 gal shrimp/community
03-06-2013, 05:41 AM #5
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.