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Old 09-08-2013, 10:05 PM   #1 
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New plant suggestions?

My last tank plant died. I want a smaller sized tank plant, one my boy can hide in; any ideas? Also, with the ideas, could you please list how they have to grow (do I need dirt, what do I do with 100% water changes, ect).

Also. my tank is 2 gallons, It doesn't have a light, and I currently don't have dirt. The pet store people said it would be fine in the tank gravel. Well... it died so I'm not sure about that.

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Old 09-08-2013, 10:30 PM   #2 
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You don't need dirt. Gravel or sand is fine. You definitely need a light. Most plants that pet stores sell aren't even aquatic plants, so they die within a month or two. Co2 dosing is also good for plants, though I have never used it and do not plan to. My plants grow fine under 6500k CFLs and in regular aquarium gravel without any fertilizers or additives.
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Old 09-09-2013, 10:37 AM   #3 
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Okay, super, super easy:
water wisteria, marimo moss balls (though this really isn't to swim through, just more water cleaning), anachris (comes in a variety of types), floaters (like water lettuce, frogbit, salvinia, duckweed, and fairy moss (my favorite)), anubias. Those are about as low maintenance and easy as you can get from what I've experienced thus far. :)

Water wisteria can be planted in gravel or it can float, if it floats it turns into a sort of bushy/leggy/rooty thing, but some of my guys love it because they can hide at the surface in it.
Anachris can do either. You usually plant it, but I've had some that broke free and floated and did great. It looks a little strange floating because it still grows lengthwise, but does fine and stays near the surface.
floaters obviously float. Just dump them in.
anubias will need to be tied down to a rock, driftwood, a decoration, something, but you just use white cotton sewing thread or unflavored dental floss to do that.

These are all pretty low-light, I just do a 12 on/12 off cycle with two clip-on desk Lamps on either end of my 20g long tank (you could probably do with one if your tank is shorter) bent so that they're low over the water and pointing straight in to maximize the light they're putting off, and a 100-equiv-watt compact fluorescent light (just normal light fixture fluorescents, like you'd use in any lamp or light fixture in your house). All my stuff is growing well with that.

I fertilize...occasionally...when I think about it...with plain flourish (some people have issues with anachris melting with some of the other flourish products, but this on is safe), no CO2, no root tabs, nothing. Plain small diameter gravel in the bottom of the tank...2 fish and some snails (pond, apple, assassin, and ramshorn scattered throughout in various tanks) to provide natural fertz, and water changes as chemistry calls for. :)

It's about as low-tech and easy as you can get. ;)
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