Good Plants?

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by TagTeam, Apr 10, 2018.

  1. TagTeam Valued Member Member

    I'm a beginner learning to grow plants.
    Please look at the list of plants below that I'm considering to get next.
    Any warnings come with any of them?
    I'm choosing from this list because I'm assuming they'll be good beginner plants.

    Here's my tank situation:

    20g tall
    • 2 Honey G, 1 Platy, 1 Amano, 6 Julii Cory
    • BDBS
    • Beamswork DA
    • Water Sprite, Amazon Sword, Anubias, Java Fern, Java Moss, Wisteria, Green Cabomba
    • No ferts, no Co2
    • 8 BST, 2 Black Loach, 5 Kuhlii Loach
    • BDBS
    • Beamswork EA
    • Amazon Sword, Java Fern, Java Moss, Wisteria, Green Cabomba, Hornwort
    • No ferts, no Co2

    LEMON BACOPA - Bacopa caroliniana

    CARDAMINE LYRATA - Cardamine lyrata

    CRYPTOCORYNE RETROSPIRALIS, BARE ROOT - Cryptocoryne retrospiralis

    BRAZILIAN PENNYWORT - Hydrocotyle leucocephalia

    BANANA PLANT - Nymphoides aquatica

    DIANDRA - Didiplis diandra

    RANGERI SWORD - Echinodorus argentinensis

    BROADLEAF CHAIN SWORD - Echinodorus quadricostatus

    MONEYWORT - Bacopa monnieri

    MOSS BALL - Cladophora aegagropila

    CRYPTOCORYNE WENDTII - Cryptocoryne wendtii

  2. Discus-Tang Well Known Member Member

    You'll have a problem with the bushy, fast growing plants like the cabomba and hornwort as well as banana plant. They need tons of light and a dose of ferts and co2. THERE IS a way to grow them in low tech, though I have no idea how. If you watch the low tech aquarium videos on Foo the Flowerhorn's youtube channel you could probably find out.

  3. SFGiantsGuy Well Known Member Member

    Yeah I concur with Discus-Tang, especially the Cabomba and some of the others on your wish list. Indeed ferts and CO2 especially on a 20 gal tall, a high tank like that needs mad deep PAR adjustment(s). And possibly with the Bacopa as well. The 25 gal not as critical, but both should be taken with almost equal consideration in contrast to the tank's specs etc.

    However to directly answer your question, yes, those are all perfect choices sir!
  4. TagTeam Valued Member Member

    Thanks guys
    So far Hornwort is growing very well in the 25g (been in for a month), but the Cabomba has struggled.

    I'm learning toward Pennywort and Moneywort next.
    I'm also curious about Dwarf Sag and wondering if I'd be able to pull it off without ferts & Co2
  5. TagTeam Valued Member Member

    Would Dwarf Sag grow in my set up?
  6. -Mak- Fishlore VIP Member

    CO2 isn’t a requirement, but ferts are, even in low tech. CO2 is present at low levels in water naturally, while tap water does not contain enough plant nutrients. I would look into EI dosing for low tech tanks :)
  7. FriarThomasIII Well Known Member Member

    You can use osmocote in little ice cubes or gelatin tabs to fert plants.