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.
Mexican oak leaf (Shinnersia rivularis) looks interesting...
How about pennywort or hornwort
IME, they grow very fast and take up a good amount of nitrates
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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.
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elodea/anacharis. There's a reason it's considered an invasive species in most places.
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Ooooh, water wisteria is pretty. Maybe I'll try that, and some of the floating brazillian pennywort...
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My anacharis must grow anywhere from 4 to 6 inches every 10 days or so without fertilizers. I just put it in a clear bowl by the window which receives no direct sunlight, but it does have plenty of light coming in from morning till night.
Originally Posted by Brhino
What about giant hygro Hygrophila corymbosa.