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Old 08-28-2011, 11:59 PM   #1 
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New 5g, plant question

So I'm getting a new five gallon soon and I want to try out live plants.

What plants are good to use in a small tank? And are relatively easy keepers?

Oh and substrate? What type do you suggest?
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:44 AM   #2 
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I would use small diameter gravel or plant specific type substrate

Good plants, naja grass, water wisteria, rotala indica, ludwigia natans, java moss, java ferns, anubias are all good low light easy plants.....

Lights are also important....look for 6500k bulb
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:06 AM   #3 
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Moss balls! Anubias species are usually pretty easy keepers as well, and you can buy them already anchored to something like a rock or driftwood so you don't have to worry about substrate.
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:56 PM   #4 
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my boys and girls all love Cryptocorine and Red Wendtii. The red wendtii is fairly hardy and can be broken apart for propagation from time to time.

I also have an exceptionally healthy strain of another crypt type, its about 8 inches tall in 3/4 inch of black fluorite.
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Thanks. 6500K lights are only a couple dollars at my local walmart. What about Watts? Does it matter?

Small diameter gravel? Does it say on the bag or a brand?
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