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#1 James From Cali

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Posted 26 May 2008 - 04:10 PM

On Plantedtank.net I had a list that I had started be put up. Well I decided to continue with it and I think that it would be a good idea to post it here for reference. I am James From Cali on that site as well. I am in the midst of experimenting and researching alot of these plants for reassurance it can be done. Most of the plants are linked to a profile on it. Any questions about this just ask and I will attempt to answer them the best I can.

Excellent List Of Low Light Plant-The Planted Tank Forums

B=Background,M=Midground,F=Foreground,FL=Floater,A =Anywhere,

A-Marimo Ball- Cladophora aegagrophila
B-African Water Fern - Bolbitis heudelotii
B/FL-Watersprite - Ceratopteris thalictroides
B/FL- Thread Leaf Watersprite - Ceratopteris siliquosa
A-Pheonix Moss - Fissidens fontanus
A-Singapore Fissidens-Fissidens sp. "Singapore"
A-Zipper Moss - Fissidens zippelianus
A-Willow Moss - Fontinalis antipyretica
M-Wavy Leaf Java Fern- Microsorum pteropus undulata
M-Tropica Java Fern-Microsurm pteropus 'tropica'
M-Philippine Java Fern - Microsorum pteropus 'Philippine'
M-Java Fern - Microsorum pteropus
M-Red Java fern - Microsorum pteropus "red"
M-Windelov Java Fern - Microsorum pteropus 'Windelov'
M-Narrow Leaf Java Fern - Microsorum pteropus v. 'narrow leaf'
M-Needle Leaf Java Fern- Microsorum pteropus 'needle leaf'
A-Pellia - Monosolenium tenerum
A-Mini Pellia - Riccardia chamedryfolia
F/FL-Riccia - Riccia fluitans
A-Round Pellia - Süßwassertang
A-Flame Moss - Taxiphyllum alternans
A-Java Moss - Taxiphyllum barbieri
A-Peacock Moss - Taxiphyllum sp. 'peacock'
A-Taiwan Moss - Taxiphyllum sp.
A-Singapore Moss - Vesicularia dubyana
A-Christmas Moss - Vesicularia montagnei
A-Erect Moss - Vesicularia reticulata
F-Water Clover - Mariselia minuta
F-Marsilea hirsuta
F-Four Leaf Clover - Mariselia quadrifolia

B-Waterwheel Plant - Aldrovanda vesiculosa
B-Bacopa - Bacopa caroliniana
B-Moneywort - Bocapa monnieri
B/FL-Hornwort - Ceratophylum demersum
B/F-LWatersprite - Ceratopteris thalictroides
B/FL-Anacharis - Egeria densa
B-American Waterweed- Elodea canadensis
F-HC- Hemianthus callitrichoides
B-Stargrass - Heteranthera zosterifolia
B/FL-Brazilian Pennywort - Hydrocotyle leucocephala
M-Water Pennywort - Hydrocotyle ranunculoides
B-Ceylon Hygro - Hygrophila polysperma 'Ceylon'
B-Giant Hygro - Hygrophila corymbosa
B-Water Wisteria - Hygrophila difformis
B-Fine Leafed Wisteria- Hygrophila balsamica
B-Green Hygro - Hygrophila polysperma
B-Sunset Hygro - Hygrophila polysperma 'Rosanervig'
B-Dwarf Ambulia - Limnophila sessiliflora
B-Red Ludwigia- Ludwigia repens
B/FL-Parrots Feather - Myriophyllum aquaticum
B-Guppy Grass - Najas guadalupensis
F/M-Downoi - Pogostemon helferi
B-Rotala Indica - Rotala indica
B-Rotala Rotundifolia - Rotala rotundifolia
B-Rotala Rotundifolia sp. Green - Rotala rotundifolia sp. 'Green'
B-Combomba - Combomba carolina

B/FL-Hornwort - Ceratophylum demersum
B/F-LWatersprite - Ceratopteris thalictroides
B/FL- Thread Leaf Watersprite - Ceratopteris siliquosa
B/FL-Anacharis - Egeria densa
B/FL-Brazilian Pennywort - Hydrocotyle leucocephala
B/FL-Parrots Feather - Myriophyllum aquaticum
FL-Duckweed - Lemna minor
FL-Red Root Floater - Phyllanthus fluitans
F/FL-Riccia - Riccia fluitans
FL-Giant Slavinia - Salvinia molesta

M-Crypt Affinis - Cryptocoryne affinis
B-Crypt Aponogetifolia - Cryptocoryne aponogetifolia
B-Crypt Balansae - Cryptocoryne balansae
M-Crypt Becketii - Cryptcoryne becketii
M-Crypt Lutea - Cryptocoryne lutea
F-Micro Crypt - Cryptocoryne petchii
F-Pygmy Crypt - Cryptocoryne pygmaea
B-Crypt retrospiralis - Cryptocoryne retrospiralis
B-Crypt spiralis - Cryptocoryne spiralis
M-Crypt Walkeri - Cryptocoryne walkeri
M-Crypt Wendtii - Cryptocoryne wendtii
M-Crypt Willisi - Cryptocoryne willisi
F- Crypt Parva - Cryptocoryne parva
M- Crypt Pontederiifolia - Cryptocoryne pontederiifolia

M-Anubias barteri - Anubias barteri
M-Anubias barteri 'marble' - Anubias barteri 'marble'
M-Coffee leaf anubias - Anubias barteri v. 'coffeefolia'
A-Marbled Nana - Anubias barteri nana 'Marble'
M-Anubias barteri v. 'glabra' - Anubias barteri v. 'glabra'
A-Golden nana - Anubias barteri v. 'nana golden'
A-Anubias nana - Anubias barteri v. 'nana'
M-Narrow leaf nana - Anubias barteri v. 'nana narrow leaf'
A-Petite nana - Anubias barteri v. nana 'petite'
M- Minima
B-Hastifolia - Anubias hastifolia
B-Barteri Round Leaf - Anubias barteri v. ‘Round Leaf’
B-Gigantea - Anubias gigantea
B-Congensis - Anubias congensis
B-Lanceolota - Anubias lanceolota
M-Gracilis - Anubias gracilis
M-Anubias Barteri v Angustifolia - Anubias barteri v angustifolia
M-Caladiifolia -Anubias barteri v Caladiifolia
M-Anubias Afzelli - Anubias afzelli

B-Amazon Sword - Echinodorus amazonicus
B-Ruffle Sword - Echinodorus major
M-Melon Sword - Echinodorus osiris
M-Tropica Sword - Echinodorus parviflorus 'Tropica'
M-Red Flame Sword - Echinodorus 'Red Special'
F-Pygmy Chain Sword - Echinodorus tenellus or Helanthium tenellum
B-Uruguay Amazon Sword - Echinodorus uruguayensis
B-Argentine Sword - Echinodrous argentinensis

F-Lotus- Nymphaea pubescens
M-Tiger Lotus - Nymphaea zenkeri

F- Dwarf Hairgrass - Elocharis acicularis
B- Giant Hairgrass - Elocharis montevidensis
B-Water Celery- Vallisneria americana
B-Contortion Val - Vallisneria asiatica
B-Vallisneria natans
B-Valliseneria rubra
N-Corkscrew Val - Vallisneria tortifolia
M-Dwarf Sag- Sagittaria subulata
B-Crinum calimistratum
B-Onion Plant - Crinum thaianum
F-Micro Sword - Lilaeopsis braziliensis
B-Crinum aquatica

M-Aponogeton ulvaceous
B-Aponogeton bouvianus
B-Aponogeton crispus
B-Aponogeton elongatus
B-Aponogeton undulatus
B-Rigidifolius - Aponogeton rigidifolius

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Posted 27 May 2008 - 08:58 PM

Wow this is an extremely extensive list. I'm quite amazed by all the stem plants listed, honestly. Mods, do you think it would be useful to pin it?

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Posted 28 May 2008 - 03:52 PM

Lol thanks.I must add that HC, Downoi, Microsword, DH, and GH need to be experimented with so please do not hold me accountable for any negative outcomes. Everyones tank is different. smile1.gif

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Posted 28 May 2008 - 05:42 PM

Of course! Pinned it shall be! tongue1.gif

James, this is a huge list, thanks for sharing it with us.

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Posted 28 May 2008 - 07:40 PM

Thanks for the pin. smile-222.gif

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Posted 15 June 2008 - 08:36 PM

This is a great list! I'm printing it off and keeping it in my purse. I've always been told the only plants that stand a chance in lowlight conditions are java moss and java fern if it's practically touching the bulb. XD

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Posted 03 July 2008 - 01:37 PM

I had been told that my list is somewhat inaccurate so I am going to be personally experimenting with these in two low light tanks(a 1.5 wpg tank, and a 1.2 wpg tank). Right now I am having good growth with Hygrophila Polysperma in both tanks. There is also a Aponogeton species that I have that is doing well, I will get it IDed soon. Anubias barteri is my best grower so far. Will update soon.

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Posted 18 July 2008 - 07:41 PM

I am wondering if dwarf hairgrass and micro swords are actually low light, on liveaquaria it says they need 2wpg or more. I want to get some but I will be doing a 1.5 wpg set up.

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Posted 28 November 2008 - 03:39 AM

great LIST. setting up tank right now.

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 04:17 PM

Does anyone happen to know of a good fern or plant that doesn't need to be planted that is purple, dark red, or pinkish? My 2 gallon tank needs a couple of real plants and those colors would help keep with the theme. I currently have 1.5 watts/gallon.

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 04:21 PM

Now we just need pictures of all those plants. winkz1.gif

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 05:28 PM

No. Almost all purple-hued plants need high light and they need to be stable in the gravel. So if you want one that's not just green, you're going to need to go fake. Most reds need at least 2 watts of light and do better with more. You MAY be able to get away with a marble nympheas of some sort, but it needs to be planted.

If you want to have a plant you can move, look into mosses or moss balls.

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