Question Plant suggestions for 20 gallon.

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Hello Fishlore,

I have had some bad luck with plants but absolutely love the way they can sort of take over. Right now, I am heaading towards a jungle of italian val which seems to be the only plant I can keep alive. I couldn't even keep hornwort and duckweed alive! (probably because of too high flow for these particular plants but you know, that's just sad... lol). So, I want plants to go wild in there and make it look like a low-tech tank. I have a sponge filter and a eheim classic and 8 24kt gold cloud MM as well as 3 albino cories(getting bout 2-3 more soon, after COVID-19), 5 mystery snails (who enjoy burying), a bunch of bladder snails, tiny unidentified mts-like snails, amano shrimp, and ghost shrimp. PH is 7.8-8.0 (I know, a little high) and gH is 8, kH is 3.5-4.5 with cuttle bone inside tank. Substrate is a fluval stratum-sand mix. Any suggestions would be great!
 

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Crypt wendtiI 'bronze' would be a great contrast both color and texture wise to the vals. They do well in lower lighting and a nutrient-rich substrate. In my experience, crypts use a lot of potassium so a good macro fertilizer like NilocG Thrive will help your tank out as a whole.

I also think you could also do some Wendelov Java ferns, and pretty much any Anubias variety would do well in a tank with more shade like yours.
 
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Fahn said:
Crypt wendtiI 'bronze' would be a great contrast both color and texture wise to the vals. They do well in lower lighting and a nutrient-rich substrate. In my experience, crypts use a lot of potassium so a good macro fertilizer like NilocG Thrive will help your tank out as a whole.

I also think you could also do some Wendelov Java ferns, and pretty much any Anubias variety would do well in a tank with more shade like yours.
Awesome, I'll look into those. At the moment I cannot figure out my algae problem. I know that I have lights on for too long and I only use root tabs (I only have vals). I do have the macro fert you mentioned shrimpsafe version. Thanks for the advice!
 
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JettsPapa said:
Water wisteria
I tried that and it died on me and I still don't know why. Water Wisteria, rotala indica, fissidens nobilis, and a few others and they all died. I have adequate lighting. Is there something in water that poisons plants? Val was the only survivor

Also, my anubias were doing great until my bladder snails ate all of them...
 

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Probably just the low lighting. I know Vals don't particularly like Excel.
 
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StarGirl15 said:
Probably just the low lighting. I know Vals don't particularly like Excel.
I have decently high lighting. I think the water wisteria melted away because it was originally grow above water. I have also purposely avoided using excel because of that. Thanks!
 

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