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Hi all! New member here.

I am currently in the process of getting an new 30 gallon freshwater tank up and running. All water levels are looking good. I'm finishing up a fish-in cycle with a small school of tetras and several live plants.

The one thing I am having issues with is filling the top of my tank. All of my decor and plants sit low in the tank, only filling it up about half way. The top half is completely open and I am hoping you all have some ideas as to how to fill it up!

My goal is to have a betta sorority eventually so I'd like to have as many hiding places as possible throughout all levels of the tank. I'll try to upload a picture of what I have right now and hope you all can help! Thanks!
 

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Well some floating plants and/or tall growing stem plants would help. For floaters perhaps water sprite or water lettuce. Some stem plants can get tall but scraggly looking towards the bottom. Jungle val is the only one I can think of off the top of my head that gets really tall (several feet) and looks good from top to bottom. The only problem is that once established it can grow... quite a bit. Perhaps some type of aponogeton or tiger lotus? I don't know much about these though..
 

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in my tanks I put fake grass plots and put them upside down
 

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GrayGray4231 said:
If you want to fill it to the top, plant some Bacopa caroliniana
Do these grow okay in low-ish lighting? It gets a lot of morning sun, but is otherwise only lit with the aquarium light.

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Well some floating plants and/or tall growing stem plants would help. For floaters perhaps water sprite or water lettuce. Some stem plants can get tall but scraggly looking towards the bottom. Jungle val is the only one I can think of off the top of my head that gets really tall (several feet) and looks good from top to bottom. The only problem is that once established it can grow... quite a bit. Perhaps some type of aponogeton or tiger lotus? I don't know much about these though..
I have a couple small jungle val plants right now, so I guess I just need to wait for them to mature a bit. I will look into the other two though! Thanks!
 

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Yes, it can grow in low light
 

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Anacharis is a nice background plant, and very cheap. It grows like nuts though, so be prepared for some maintenance. Once it reaches the top, if starts to bow over and grow across the top so it has this sort of cool jungle effect. Good luck on the sorority!
 
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