top cover?

  1. vasqua03 Member Member

    Just wanted some help with getting some floating or really tall plants to provide cover for my tiger barbs that are hanging around at the top of the tank.

    I got suggestions for hornwort and jungle val which sound great and i do like the look of the jungle val but i've never kept live plants before.

    The tank has 2-3 fake plants now. I don't want to heavily plant especially because I have a juvenile convict that I hear will have a party with them so just looking for one or two plants. Anubias are one of my favorite but they stay near the bottom or take up a lot of space when they get taller. This is a 30 gallon with a good amount of hard cover Any other plant suggestions? What do i need to make it work?
     
  2. Wendy Lubianetsky Well Known Member Member

    :;id How about a banana plant. It grown from the bottom of the tank and has leaves and blossoms at the top layer of the tank. :;id
     

  3. vasqua03 Member Member

    Reading up on banana plants now, do you have a link for a good picture of one?

    After reading the beginner thread I think I should also say that the plants should be low light and I have pea gravel in my tank.
     

  4. CichlidSWAGA Well Known Member Member

    i have my banana plants in sand with high light and are doing very well. They grow new leaves weeklyish
     

  5. Aquarist Fishlore Legend Member

  6. vasqua03 Member Member

    This is so awesome guys! thanks! should i bother with the jungle val.I will post a pic of my current set-up. It is still under construction as i go.
     
  7. pirahnah3 Fishlore VIP Member

    I love jungle val as a great way to cover the back wall of a tank. Grows well with root tabs, and some light.

    As for top cover there are also floating plants you could add as well depending on what you want to do.

    If your also looking for some in tank cover for them some nice swords would be good as well and are a great corner plant in the tanks and can share those root tabs with the Val.

    there are also alot of types of Val so if you want somthing a bit more than just the straight leaved jungle val they have the corkscrew variety.

    Theres alot of plants out there and alot that do not take much to grow in tanks.
     
  8. vasqua03 Member Member

    what kind of floating plants?
     
  9. pirahnah3 Fishlore VIP Member

    depends on what you want lol there are alot of options that can float.

    Duckweed is a common one but can take over the surface of the tank if not culled out on occasion.

    Water Lettuce is another good floating plant and likes calm surface waters. Avoid getting the leaves wet thou.

    Here is a list of others as well:

    Azolla
    Baby Tears
    Ricca
    Java Moss
    Salvinia
    Willow Moss

    There are probably more than that but there are a bunch to start with
     
  10. vasqua03 Member Member

    Picked up a banana plant today, it's so cute and tiny with a small bud. My convict was trying to eat it so I dropped it in a carved hole on top of my driftwood. I hope it will be fine. The convict isn't bothering it there as my pleco is dominating that space.

    The store will be getting a bigger shipment early next week and I requested some salvinia and they will stick up on some grass types so I will get to take a look at that.

    I picked up mondo grass under the impression it was an aquatic plant so they are going back tomorrow. I think the banana plant is absolutely amazing. thanks everyone! after all the research it's going to be hard to just stick with one or two plants.