Vallisneria - Planted Tank Mates

Vallisneria

20”+| Background | Easy

Co2: None | Light: Low

Root Feeder

Vallisneria

Characteristics:

Max Size: 20″+

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: Not Required, but grows faster with

Light Level: Medium

Tank Mates

Vallisneria is a popular backdrop for middle to top dwelling fish like tetras, gouramis and angelfish.

Notes

This is a very easy background plant.  It does not require CO2 and will thrive with good subtrate and water column.

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Description

20”+| Background | Easy

Co2: None | Light: Low

Root Feeder

20" | Background | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Root Feeder

16” | Background | Medium

Co2: Medium | Light: High

Root Feeder

8” | Background | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Column Feeder

12” | Background | Medium

Co2: Medium | Light: High

Root Feeder

24” | Background | Easy

Co2: None| Light: Low

Column Feeder

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Vallisneria

Characteristics:

Max Size: 20″+

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: Not Required, but grows faster with

Light Level: Medium

Tank Mates

Vallisneria is a popular backdrop for middle to top dwelling fish like tetras, gouramis and angelfish.

Notes

This is a very easy background plant.  It does not require CO2 and will thrive with good subtrate and water column.

https://plantedtankmates.com/aquarium-plants-for-beginners/

Hygrophila difformis

Characteristics:

Max Size: 20"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Midground - Background

Parameters

Co2: No

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Pearl Weed is also compatible with most nano community fish, including tetras, rasboras, danios, endlers, gouramis.  They provide lots of shade and coverage for even bottom feeders like corydoras and rainbowfish.  They create great hiding spaces for baby fry and shrimp.

Notes

Water Wisteria is a fast growing, bushy plant.  When submerged underwater, it produces a feather-like leaf structure that's different in appearance than when it's emersed from water.  It's relatively undemanding and can thrive in low to moderate light levels, but can grow tall and fast with high lighting and CO2.  Provide a nutrient rich substrate and supplement with root tabs as necessary.  It's great at consuming nitrogen waste and can be used to help combat algae.

Proserpinaca palustris

Characteristics:

Max Size: 16″

Care Level: Medium

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder + Water Column

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: Medium

Light Level: High

Tank Mates

Great for community fish, shrimp and snails

Notes

This greenish to orange-red plant has a wide canopy and distinguished saw-tooth edges.  It's a relatively hardy plant, but with strong lighting and CO2 it can start to show more red colors.

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

Microsorum Pteropus var. Windelov

Characteristics:

Max Size: 8"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Great for nano community fish like tetras, rasboras, danios, mollies, endlers, otocinclus, corydoras, dwarf gouramis.  Avoid larger mid dwellers that may pick on its delicate leaves like cichlids and goldfish.

Notes

Windelov Java Fern is a patented variation from Tropica.  Sometimes called Lacy Fern, the narrow leaves flare out like flames. Similar to Java Fern, do not bury it deep into the soil as the rhizome can rot.  Lightly bury, weigh it down, or tie it to hardscapes to allow it to grow.  It's a very slow growing plant in low light settings, but can propagate fast with CO2 and moderate lighting, but look out for algae on the leaves.

Rotala Rotundifolia

Characteristics:

Max Size: 12″

Care Level: Medium

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder + Water Column

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: Medium

Light Level: High

Tank Mates

Great for community fish, shrimp and snails

Notes

Rotala Rotundifolia is actually an easy plant to grow, but getting the red colors involves more CO2, lighting and iron dosing.  Propagating is at easy as trimming the top and replanting in the soil.  A good substrate will help with red colors and growth.

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

Hydrocotyle leucocephala

Characteristics:

Max Size: 24"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: Low

Light Low

Tank Mates

Low foreground plants are great for invertebrates and bottom feeders to graze and hide.

Notes

This is a versatile plant that can be planted in the soil or left floating.  It's easily recognized by its thin stems and round leaves varying from 1 - 2.5" in diameter.  Though it does not require CO2 or high lighting, it can grow fast and tall when provided with optimal levels of both.  Because the roots shoot from the sides, it's a great column feeding plant that can help reduce nitrates.

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