Pygmy Chain Sword - Planted Tank Mates

Pygmy Chain Sword

5” | Midground | Easy

Co2: None | Light:  Moderate

Root Feeder

Echinodorus tenellus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 4″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Foreground + Carpet

Parameters

Co2: Not Required, but grows faster with

Light Level: Moderate

Tank Mates

Great for community fish and creates a nice habitat for bottom dwellers.

Notes

Pygmy Chain Swords spread with surface runners and can create a carpet like appearance.  It has narrow blades and is often confused with Dwarf Sagittaria which has larger blades and grows in clusters.  Provide nutrient rich substrate or feed root tabs to help promote its growth.  They tend to grow taller with low lighting, but will stay dense and low with moderate to high lighting.

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Description

5” | Midground | Easy

Co2: None | Light:  Moderate

Root Feeder

6” | Foreground | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Column Feeder

4” | Foreground | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Root Feeder

6" | Midground | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Root Feeder

6” | Foreground | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Column Feeder

8” | Background | Easy

Co2: Low | Light: Medium

Root Feeder

Content

Echinodorus tenellus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 4″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Foreground + Carpet

Parameters

Co2: Not Required, but grows faster with

Light Level: Moderate

Tank Mates

Great for community fish and creates a nice habitat for bottom dwellers.

Notes

Pygmy Chain Swords spread with surface runners and can create a carpet like appearance.  It has narrow blades and is often confused with Dwarf Sagittaria which has larger blades and grows in clusters.  Provide nutrient rich substrate or feed root tabs to help promote its growth.  They tend to grow taller with low lighting, but will stay dense and low with moderate to high lighting.

Vesicularia montagnei

Characteristics:

Max Size: 6"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Shrimps can graze and keep Java moss clean of algae.  In return, baby fry love to nest and hide in it.

Notes

Christmas moss is a great alternative to Java Moss.  It's another rootless plant where nutrients are not absorbed from the substrate but rather the water column. This is probably one of the most hardy and versatile plant species you can ever grow. You can tie or glue them to rocks and wood and let them create a nice foreground. Some will tie them to shaped mesh and mimic a carpet appearance on the ground.

Compare carpet plant options and select the next one for your planted https://plantedtankmates.com/aquarium-plants-for-beginners/

Staurogyne repens

Characteristics:

Max Size: 4"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Foreground

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Most community and nano fish such as tetras, rasboras, danios, mollies.  Bottom feeders like otocinclus, corydoras, shrimps and snails.  Larger fish like African Cichlids OK too.

Notes

Staurogyne Repens, also known as Creeping Staurogyne is an easy plant that does well in low or indirect lighting conditions.  Supplemented with CO2 and root fertilizers, it can creep throughout your substrate and carpet an aquarium.

Hemianthus Micranthemoides

Characteristics:

Max Size: 6"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Midground

Parameters

Co2: No

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Guppies and shrimp tanks!  Fry and baby shrimp can hide and find shelter.  Pearl Weed is also compatible with most nano community fish, including tetras, rasboras, danios, endlers, gouramis.

Notes

Pearl weed is easy to care for.  It receives its nutrients from the soil and with moderate to high lighting can grow tall.  If you constantly trim the plant, it can grow low and spread, creating a more carpet like appearance.

Subwassertang

Characteristics:

Max Size: 6"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Foreground

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

All community and nano fish like tetras, rasboras, danios, guppies, gouramis and otocinclus.

Dwarf shrimps love this plant!

Notes

Subwassertang is a tangled, ribbon-like moss that's great for shrimp tanks.  Their flat leaves provide lots of surface area to graze and hide.  Like all mosses, it's a column feeding plant that can be tied to hardscape or weighed down, but not buried.

Alternanthera Reineckii "Mini"

Characteristics:

Max Size: 8″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder + Water Column

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: Low

Light Level: Medium

Tank Mates

Great for community fish, shrimp and snails

Notes

"AR" Alternanthera Reineckii Rosanervig is the taller version of Alternanthera Reineckii Mini.  The underside is generally more red and the top yellow, but with proper substrate, lighting, CO2 and iron dosing, this plant can display vibrant red colors.  Their leaves are susceptible to algae, so monitor and trim regularly.

Read more about how to maintain Red Aquarium Plants See the diagrams on how you can setup CO2 for your aquarium
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