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Old 12-28-2014, 02:15 PM   #1 
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Mystery plant ID's + a lighting question

Hi there! I'm looking for some input on a couple plant questions for one of my betta tanks. First, I bought 2 mystery unlabeled stem plants from the pet store a couple weeks ago and was curious if anybody has ideas what they might be. Photos are attached. I have a couple guesses based on Google, but they're just that - guesses!

Second, I'm hoping to pick up a 20 long during Petco's $1 per gallon sale to potentially divide and consolidate a couple of my smaller betta tanks. I'd like to tear down my planted 10g and use those plants in the new tank, so I'm looking into lighting options. I have pretty typical low-ish light plants: java fern, anubias, anacharis, wisteria, pennywort, various crypts, some sort of lily (from those plant bulb packs), an amazon sword, and the two mystery plants I mentioned above. I've seen a couple Finnex LED fixtures recommended on here before, and was looking at the Stingray as an option. Would that be suitable for low-light plants like I have? If not, any other recommendations? I'm open to the traditional style black lighted hoods too, I suppose, but I think the LEDs look pretty slick and might be fun to try out.

Thanks in advance for any input!
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Old 12-28-2014, 04:11 PM   #2 
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One on the right looks like Moneywort. No clue as to the other lol sorry.

I'm sure Russell will chime in with lighting suggestions ;)
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Old 12-28-2014, 05:55 PM   #3 
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First one is Rotala Indica and I agree the second is Moneywort.

As for the lighting, yes the Stingray will be enough for lowlight plants on the 20 long. I have the Finnex Planted Plus on my 20 long and I can grow almost anything on that tank, the Stringray doesn't have the red lights that the Planted+ has so you just won't be able to do anything with high lighting is all ^_^
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Ah so it was rotala. I was staring at mine in the tank next to me and saying "idk... it looks bigger than mine so maybe its something else."
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Old 12-28-2014, 10:39 PM   #5 
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Thanks Tress and Lil! I sort of suspected the first one was rotala, but then the store had the moneywort in a tank labeled rotala so then I was stumped, lol.

I saw somebody mention the Planted+ on here a little while ago and thought that one looked nice too, but the Stingray definitely costs less...if that will suffice for the low-light plants, I could save the money (and probably buy more plants with it, haha).
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Old 12-29-2014, 08:23 AM   #6 
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Haha yeah, stores can be so confusing at times >.< Half the stores down here don't even label them, they just say "Plant"

Yeah, I run two Planted+ lights, one over my 20 and one over my 29. Both suffice, my 29 is 18 inches high so I can grow most medium light plants and of course low lights as well. The 20 is not so high so, because the light is closer, I can grow light plants in there, or at least most of them.

RussellTheShihTzu does have the Stringray though so you can PM her to find her thoughts on it. I believe she's upgrading IIRC? Don't quote me on that though lol
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Old 12-30-2014, 03:04 PM   #7 
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Are you sure the first one isn't ammannia? Both look exactly like what I got from petco a couple of months ago. Rotala indica looks like this:
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Oh poo, yeah, it looks more like Rotala Rotundifolia. But I do know that Rotala Indica can change a bit depending on the lighting situation just like most plants do and it will have slightly longer leaves when under low light conditions.
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