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Old 10-11-2012, 06:36 PM   #1 
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Good Beginner Plants?

I'm getting a new 5 gal tank tomorrow and I've been thinking about adding a live plant or two, but I'm really new to live plants. What plants would anyone recommend to a beginner? I really want something that's preferably potted or floating and require low light, if at all possible.
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:52 PM   #2 
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Java moss and fern, anarchis, Marimo, anuibus, crypts, and duckweed/riccia fluitans.
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Old 10-11-2012, 07:01 PM   #3 
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My favorite floating plant is wisteria; hornwort is nice, too, but I think the wisteria is prettier. Both do well in low lighting.

Anubias and java ferns are great, as are Marimo balls (the easiest plants ever!). Amazon swords seem to do pretty well in low light (at least, mine seems fairly healthy) but they do need root tabs to feed off of. And, I've become quite fond of Aponogeton bulbs, or Betta Bulbs; I've got one in my community tank and am trying to sprout a few more. They're very cool looking.
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Just want to point Marimo is algae. How did you get your bulb to sprout? Cryptocorne Wendettia is a great crypt.
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Just want to point Marimo is algae. How did you get your bulb to sprout? Cryptocorne Wendettia is a great crypt.
My first bulb, which the only one out of three that grew, was sprouted in a little container of tank water in my window. I think they sprout fine if you just put them in the tank to begin with however. The plant is so neat, it's got 4 or 5 flowers and constantly has new leaves.

I recently bought a crypt from Petco, but I don't know what kind of crypt it is. I'm praying it doesn't melt, because I really like it!
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I have 3 or 4 species of crypts never had crypt melt I think I will try your bulb idea.
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Old 10-13-2012, 11:17 PM   #7 
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What do you mean by melting? From the light?
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Old 10-13-2012, 11:42 PM   #8 
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Thanks for all the advice! I think I'm going to see how the new tank works and do more research before I commit to a plant, but I definitely want to try it in the future.
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Old 10-14-2012, 10:37 AM   #9 
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Anacharis is a great one, and it's good for keeping nitrates down as well! It's a great low light background plant. I just ordered some this past week and love them!
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What do you mean by melting? From the light?

Crypts are prone to what we call "crypt melt" where all their leaves melt away and the plant dies. I have no idea what causes it, but so far, my crypt is doing pretty good :)
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