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I was actually thinking I need a bigger tank anyway because I want to get into breeding Bettas, Bettas and BN are really the only fish I actually like, and will only usually buy. Also due to the fact Bettas can't live with fish with bright colors.

About the plants, any recommendations? I heard water wisteria is good as I've said, but any else? I've seen people float water wisteria and I ask my pet shop if I can float them and they say no, what can I do and what can I not do? ?
The plants you get depends on what care you are able to give. I don't do CO2, but I do use root tabs, I also have low / medium light in my tanks, and sand substrate. I just got water wisteria around a month ago and it's doing well so far. I also have anubia coin, anubia nana, anacharis, java fern, 2 types of crypts, repens, and ruffled amazon sword. All do very well except for the amazon sword, that I can't get to grow no matter what I try or what tank it's in.

If you like I can take pictures of 3 of my tanks and post them so you can see what moderately planted tanks look like.
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The plants you get depends on what care you are able to give. I don't do CO2, but I do use root tabs, I also have low / medium light in my tanks, and sand substrate. I just got water wisteria around a month ago and it's doing well so far. I also have anubia coin, anubia nana, anacharis, java fern, 2 types of crypts, repens, and ruffled amazon sword. All do very well except for the amazon sword, that I can't get to grow no matter what I try or what tank it's in.

If you like I can take pictures of 3 of my tanks and post them so you can see what moderately planted tanks look like.
The pictures would really help, thank you! What would you recommend? I just need something that's low maintenance like wisteria.
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The pictures would really help, thank you! What would you recommend? I just need something that's low maintenance like wisteria.
Here's my tanks. Everything I have is pretty low maintenance. I trim some of them like the Anacharis, but so far haven't had to trim anything else. I do use root tabs but only add them according to the directions on the package.

First picture is the 10 gal, all sand substrate, nothing special about the light, sand substrate. I have 3 artificial silk plants in the tank, the rest are live. Plants are 2 types of crypt, repens, java fern, anubia coin, water wisteria, and ruffled amazon that refuses to do well.

2nd picture is the 5 gallon. Sand under the plants, black gravel is eco complete (crypts didn't like it), light is a Finnex Stingray. I use root tabs. All the plants are live. Plants are crypts, anubia nana, anubia coin, moss ball, water wisteria, and anacharis.

3rd picture is my 3 gallon. Gravel substrate. Only light is from the window, no fertilizer is used. All live plants. Plants are anacharis, and I think guppy grass.

4th picture is my 2.5 gallon. Gravel substrate, cheap picotope light (I need a better light), no fertilizer used. 1 artificial silk plant, the rest are live. Plants are anubia coin, anancharis and what I think is guppy grass. I'm having the hardest time growing anything in this tank and I suspect it is because the light if I put the mesh top on is lower then low, working on getting a better light for the tank, but for now I've lowered the water in it and leave the mesh top off.
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Here's my tanks. Everything I have is pretty low maintenance. I trim some of them like the Anacharis, but so far haven't had to trim anything else. I do use root tabs but only add them according to the directions on the package.

First picture is the 10 gal, all sand substrate, nothing special about the light, sand substrate. I have 3 artificial silk plants in the tank, the rest are live. Plants are 2 types of crypt, repens, java fern, anubia coin, water wisteria, and ruffled amazon that refuses to do well.

2nd picture is the 5 gallon. Sand under the plants, black gravel is eco complete (crypts didn't like it), light is a Finnex Stingray. I use root tabs. All the plants are live. Plants are crypts, anubia nana, anubia coin, moss ball, water wisteria, and anacharis.

3rd picture is my 3 gallon. Gravel substrate. Only light is from the window, no fertilizer is used. All live plants. Plants are anacharis, and I think guppy grass.

4th picture is my 2.5 gallon. Gravel substrate, cheap picotope light (I need a better light), no fertilizer used. 1 artificial silk plant, the rest are live. Plants are anubia coin, anancharis and what I think is guppy grass. I'm having the hardest time growing anything in this tank and I suspect it is because the light if I put the mesh top on is lower then low, working on getting a better light for the tank, but for now I've lowered the water in it and leave the mesh top off.
Ahh, I see, I really appreciate you taking the time to take and upload the photos, this gives me a better idea of what my tank should look like.

So from what I read Water Wisteria, Java fern and anubia coin are pretty easy? Do the anubia coin and Java fern need C02 and fertilizer? I'm looking for plants like water wisteria that don't need either and are pretty hardy and easy.
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Ahh, I see, I really appreciate you taking the time to take and upload the photos, this gives me a better idea of what my tank should look like.

So from what I read Water Wisteria, Java fern and anubia coin are pretty easy? Do the anubia coin and Java fern need C02 and fertilizer? I'm looking for plants like water wisteria that don't need either and are pretty hardy and easy.
Depending on the bio-load in the tank you may or may not need liquid fertilizer with those three. I've not needed it. All three of the plants are water column feeders.

In the 10 gal, my java fern I bought on driftwood and just placed it in the corner, it's the plant in the right background corner.

In the 10, 5, and 2.5 gal, the anubia coin I just let float, although in the 10 gal I do have it tied to a piece of string and the string anchored with a weight buried in the substrate so that it stays in one place. In the 10 gal it's the plant on the left side with the round leaves, in the 5 gal it's on the right and left sides of the tank, and in the 2.5 it's on the right side.

The water wisteria I did poke the ends of into the substrate in both the 10 and 5 gal, but from what I've read you can leave it floating. It's all the way on the right side of the 5 gal tank and except for a couple leaves really can't be seen. In the 10 gal if you look carefully at the center of the tank it can sort of be seen but blends in with the java fern, the anacharis, and the artificial plant that I'm taking out this week since the water wisteria didn't melt.
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Depending on the bio-load in the tank you may or may not need liquid fertilizer with those three. I've not needed it. All three of the plants are water column feeders.

In the 10 gal, my java fern I bought on driftwood and just placed it in the corner, it's the plant in the right background corner.

In the 10, 5, and 2.5 gal, the anubia coin I just let float, although in the 10 gal I do have it tied to a piece of string and the string anchored with a weight buried in the substrate so that it stays in one place. In the 10 gal it's the plant on the left side with the round leaves, in the 5 gal it's on the right and left sides of the tank, and in the 2.5 it's on the right side.

The water wisteria I did poke the ends of into the substrate in both the 10 and 5 gal, but from what I've read you can leave it floating. It's all the way on the right side of the 5 gal tank and except for a couple leaves really can't be seen. In the 10 gal if you look carefully at the center of the tank it can sort of be seen but blends in with the java fern, the anacharis, and the artificial plant that I'm taking out this week since the water wisteria didn't melt.

Okay cool, I just saw a video (
and
), would those plants he mentions in the title be okay? Can't find wisteria so I need others.
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The only one that he mentions that I know about is Amazon Sword, it does require fertilizer aka root tabs along with iron tabs. Without those the plant will not grow right.
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The only one that he mentions that I know about is Amazon Sword, it does require fertilizer aka root tabs along with iron tabs. Without those the plant will not grow right.
Oh, okay, thanks for the help.
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