Originally Posted by tess.the.mess
wow I love all those plants! I'm just starting on my setup and haven't gone plant shopping yet. I didn't think this TopFin 5.5 starter kit could handle much. it's quite frustrating all the stores carry such hard plastic 😡 they should realize if it's rough on human hands imagine delicate fins! I do like those squishy rubber mushrooms tho lol any recommendations for low light,easy to grow live plants?
Thank you! And yes those plastic plants are just fin tearing danger! The 5.5 gal actually handles quite a bit. I love it and haven't even covered it heavily yet so I'll take the time this weekend to do so.
The plants I have in my tank are low light and low tech: Anubias and assorted Java Fern. The ones on the rock are Crested Java Fern and the ones in the jar and the back are just normal Java Fern. I have 1 Anubias attached to a rock in the back corner and 1 free floating on the left front near the moss hammock. I just bought another one yesterday and have been free floating that too for now.
Those two plants should be attached (tied or glued) to rocks and/or driftwood. Their rhizomes can't be buried or they'll rot. They're much easier to move around when attached to decor anyway.
The front carpet plants are S. Repens. They root well in gravel and have been sprouting. They grow tall with low light (reaching for that light) and grow low with high light (more carpet like). Mine has been growing a bit taller but shooting off new leaves too. They are quite hardy so I suggest giving them a try too! Some others are Crypts, Frogbit (floaters), Java Moss, Marimo Moss (got 3 in the tank, and you can toss them anywhere), and many more!
Share a pic of your tank when you're all situated 🙂