A small intro for those of you who wants some plants that are not so hard, once you really get into planted aquariums.
Most of my species stay on the small side because i have a rather small tank. The ones at the back, water wisteria, rotala, hygro will grow quite large, quite quickly, if given the room.
I use a humble table lamp, with a 23w 6400k bulb over my 2.5 gallon tank.
Because it's heavily overstocked with plants, and the baby snails, Kuro (the resident betta) and a couple of shrimps cannot keep up with the bioload.
Hence I do dose flourish to encourage faster growth.
Substrate isn't very deep. 1in on the left side, sloping to almost nothing on the right.
So here is a general overview of the stocking(old photo)
new photo here
Now for the individual plants.
Let's start with one of my newest addition, ungraciously jammed in next to the larva rock...
Some kind of red crypt...
The plants stuck to the filter... and keeps growing anyway. you can see a bit of fanwort and bladderwort (U. gabba)
Java moss and Christmas moss mix.
growing slowly but steadily... the light has allowed the majority of it to spread horizontally, as opposed to reaching upwards. it should turn out quite nice
Beloved petsmart purchase, $8, and sent half a portion to another member because I couldn't use it all. plant came green healthy. a complete opposite to the grimy half dead overpriced "betta plants" found int petco
Floaters. Frogbit, dwarf water lettuce, duckweed. (and salvinia out of the picture)
Those frogbit roots are long! there's 5 or 6 running the full verticle height of my tank:/
Finally IDed this one. tallest plant in my tank. a little too tall for my liking. Again, green because there isn't enough iron.
Kuro kept photobombing... cute but annoying..
Dunno. not enough iron, but if there is enough, the undersides of the leaves gets all pretty and red.
Has very little root space and so stays rather small and stunted. but otherwise a healthy plant. too bad I never see it because it's crammed in the corner of the tank, over shadowed by the anubias.
So prone to algae. I should move it, but I like the placement. I have a var. petite chillin under the shade of the susswassertang with a java fern. They're all buddy buddy now.
Crypt wendtii, green.
One of my beloved petsmart purchases. highly recommended. for $8ish you get a good amount. I've split the pack between this tank and my new one. can split to about ten plants if you can be bothered. I didn't really bother.
My absolute favorite. The fact I allow it to take over 1/3 of my tank is proof of my favoritism.
Dwarf Brazilian pennywort. (i think)
messy grower... but it does give that vine effect around my driftwood... so it's existence is much appreciated
only 3 weeks old, but seems to be doing well on the drift wood. they do like light more than my other mosses.
Giant baby tears.
So easy to grow...
The light green really pops out amongst all the darker shades.
I love it, but...
it got annoying in the 2.5 so it's now keeping my copepod micro crustacean jar clean...