Plants for low light conditions

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I know several of you have planted tanks, so here's my needs and I'll let you guys go nuts with ideas for me.

In my piranha tank I'd like some plants. However my tank is kept very dimly lit because of how easy the spook. I'm looking to add some plants to help with providing cover for fry and general aesthetics. I've done plants in the past, but they were all on T5HO rigs with excellent lighting so going to a plant system that will do well with minimal lighting, is lets face it, foreign territory for me.

I've read Java fern and Java moss all do well in low light conditions, but I'm wondering what else would work well under these conditions. I'm not opposed to floating or rooted plants. I've also heard banana plants work well.

Edit: This is probably directed toward you Big-Ken since you're the planted tank guru lol.

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Big-Ken replied the topic: Re: Plants for low light conditions

Java fern and moss can be grown by candle light, Amazon swords, anubias, wisteria, hornwort, water sprite all can be grown in low to very low light
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Matt replied the topic: Re: Plants for low light conditions

Cool enough, guess I'll go do some scouting and see what I can find tomorrow, I'll let you know what I come up with.

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Big-Ken replied the topic: Re: Plants for low light conditions

Look in the for sale section of plantedtank.com and aquaticplantcentral.com, or post a wtb on those sites as well
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Matt replied the topic: Re: Plants for low light conditions

plantedtank.com/ takes me somewhere goofy lol

www.plantedtank.net/ works like a champ though

aquaticplantcentral.com just seems very slow lol, might be time for them to restart their server

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Ya I've been having issues with apc.com on tapatalk as well, ya sorry plantedtank.net
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Big-Ken wrote: Java fern and moss can be grown by candle light, Amazon swords, anubias, wisteria, hornwort, water sprite all can be grown in low to very low light

good list ken.

i've never really done plants. but i was thinking of giving some of these low maintenance ones a shot.

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Matt replied the topic: Re: Plants for low light conditions

It's not the maintenance that concerns me, I mean my discus tank was planted so that's not a big deal. It's that the fish prefer a darker environment so anything I plant in there would have to be able to cope

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Nina_W replied the topic: Re: Plants for low light conditions

I've found anachris (pond weed) grows in my oscar tank - very low light - as well, but it grows really slowly and densely, and stays a nice light green.

Hygrophyllia polysperma does ok too - dwarf hygro or indian waterweed. (This one is a relative of wisteria)
Valisneria hangs on, but doesn't grow (or, grows only very little).

Java moss is doind well, but with low nutrients (I think?) it grows sort of rangey, long filaments, not clumps.

Java fern seems the happiest plant, even my lace java fern is doing just fine. Growing steadily bigger - but SLOWLY.

In very low light, it will take your plants ages to grow to a size that will provide cover for adults, but I'm sure it can be done :)

As a final thought, what about a water lily (a dwarf one?). They do take over your gravel a bit, but they can have their leaves at the surface, shading your fish, with brighter light above.
I have some, but they're staying fairly small little under-water bulbs. Pretty pink leaves, but I can't say mine are successful.
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Big-Ken replied the topic: Re: Plants for low light conditions

Hygrophyllia polysperma does ok too - dwarf hygro or indian waterweed. (This one is a relative of wisteria)

This plant is on the USDA noxious weed list, it cannot imported or shipped anywhere in the US. If you really want it you might try to find a hobbyist in your area that grows it
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