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Hi all,

I'd love to hear your suggestions for another plant to add to my 15 gal tank (picture below).  The tank has 6 white clouds and 6 glow light tetras in it.

I'm so new that I really don't know the options - what would be good vs bad, etc.  My criteria: easy to maintain and hard to kill :classic_laugh:  The plants I have in there are: Anubias nana (I think), and a Staurogyne Repens (bought 1 plant, split into 3).

While I'm asking, any suggestions for a floating plant for my betta tank?  Same criteria if possible. 

Thank you all in advance for your suggestions!

-JP

 

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I'll second Frogbit as it leaves enough gaps between leaves and stems for notoriously lazy Bettas to be able to access the surface to take air.  Frogbit is extremely resilient- it will pretty much do nothing (but stay the same size) when nutrients are sparse but grow prolifically when nutrients are overabundant.  Super easy to prune as well- you can easily grab sprigs off the surface and then pinch off both stems and hanging roots with your fingers to control growth.  Pinched roots will grow back without a second thought, so don't be afraid of trimming and discarding them.

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I agree that salvinia is a great floating plant. For the betta tank, you could also buy a java fern or a few anubias and glue them to the wood - my betta loves hiding in them. 
 

If the anubias is growing well in your tanks then it won’t hurt to buy quite a few and stick them near each other to make a dense planted area for your fish, they’ll love to race through the roots and rest on the leaves and it gives them a nice wee safe space to hide when they’re spooked. I kept my anubias in their pots and just surrounded them with pebbles/stones so it almost makes a cave system, but they do well attached to wood or planted in the substrate. 

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For smaller tanks I'm partial to echinodorus parviflorus 'tropica' (a lovely but very small sword plant) as well as pinto and golden nana anubia. For a bit of colour (but hard to grow) there is alternanthera reineckii mini and some of the smaller crypts. I used to like floaters but i've now decided they have no place in a small tank.

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I like Pogostemon stellatus 'octopus' as you can trim it short or let it grow tall and it can sweep around and cover the top of the tank much like vallisneria but easier to grow in my opinion. Most rotala species are also pretty easy and will grow under any light. Hygrophila difformis/water wisteria and ceratopteris thalictroides/water sprite are lacey fast growers too which can quickly fill a tank.

On the slower growing side you have anubias which along with java fern are basically bulletproof and I see you already have some of each. Crypts are also slower growing and the most common wendtii (green, brown, red, tropica) are a personal favorite. Then there's larger ones like blassi, pontederiifolia and usteriana along with smaller ones like parva, lucens and lutea.

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Good suggestions so far. In my smallest tank I’m having good luck with Java Moss, Micro Sword and Rotala H’ra. The Micro Sword has a cool grass like look and the Rotala gives a pop of red. My wife has great luck with Bacopa Carolinian and Ludwigia in her betta tank. I’d go for Java Ferns, Anubias and small Crypts if your lighting is very low. Dwarf Lily and Red tiger lotus grow from bulbs so you don’t have to worry as much about nutrients, plus they’re beautiful! 

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