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02-10-2012, 04:37 PM #1
Recommendations for fast growers
Good morning, fellow aquariists! I need some recommendations for fast-growing plants to put in a 10 g low-tech tank. It was suggested in another thread that I add some fast-growing plants to help cure an ongoing algae bloom in the water. Being pretty new to planted tanks, I'm wondering what my options are.
My setup has no CO2; lightly stocked with fish, 1.5 wpg fluorescent light (I could increase that the 3 wpg if necessary, once the algae clears up) on about 9 hours/day. I currently have a small flame sword and several miniscule corkscrew vals at the moment. All of them look healthy enough, but none of them are really growing.
I can't really change my set up in any big way, so please don't suggest that I need CO2 injection or anything like that. :) Just buying some plants will be enough of a strain on my tiny aquarium budget.
So, recommendations? What would grow fast, look good, do well, and suck up lots of nutrients in my tank? Also, I need things that are fairly common and easily available, since my tiny LPS will have to special order them for me.
Last edited by WhistlingBadger; 02-10-2012 at 04:40 PM.
02-10-2012, 05:26 PM #2
Mexican oak leaf (Shinnersia rivularis) looks interesting...
02-10-2012, 05:52 PM #3
How about pennywort or hornwort
IME, they grow very fast and take up a good amount of nitrates
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02-10-2012, 06:08 PM #4
+ 1 to cliff
Java moss is almost indestructible imo, Two more easily available easy plants are:
Water Wisteria [Hygrophila difformis] It's almost indestructible, Handles a wide variety of water parameters & is easily available.
Brazilian Pennywort [Hydrocotyle leucocephala] Same as above but a floater.Gas mileage isn't everything OIIIIIIIO
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02-10-2012, 06:46 PM #5
elodea/anacharis. There's a reason it's considered an invasive species in most places.300 gallon mega tank: build in progress
75 gallon community tank: tetras, danios, corys, platies, otos, pearl gouramis, bristlenose pleco, assassin snails, red cherry shrimp, bamboo shrimp
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02-10-2012, 07:54 PM #6
Ooooh, water wisteria is pretty. Maybe I'll try that, and some of the floating brazillian pennywort...
Thanks for the ideas. Nothing like the voice of experience.
02-19-2012, 10:41 PM #7
0Originally Posted by Brhino
08-05-2012, 09:40 PM #8
What about giant hygro Hygrophila corymbosa.