I have 4 glolite tetras, 3 neon tetras, 4 pristella tetras, and 3 serpae tetras in a 30 gallon tank. I have one large piece of driftwood in the middle. What would be some good live plants to add. The pH level is 7.5 and there is lighting. The tank stays at about 75 degrees. Also, are there any small shrimp I could add?
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What type of lighting do you have? Are you going to inject CO2? Do you have any fertilizers? I need the answers to these questions before I can tell you which live plants you can keep. But with low light, no CO2 and no fertilizers, Java Fern and Anubias would be good start plants. There are plenty of dwarf shrimp you could add. Amano Shrimp, Red Cherry Shrimp, Tiger Shrimp, Snowball Shrimp, Yellow Shrimp, Blue Pearl Shrimp, the list is endless. Look on the left hand side for a list of shrimp species: http://www.planetinverts.com/ But be careful, because some species can interbreed. Take a look at this chart to see if they're compatible: http://www.planetinverts.com/Shrimp-Chart3.jpg
I have found Anubias and Java fern the easiest to grow without special conditions (as ZooT says); also Foxtail is a nice-looking stem plant that grows well with decent light, and is easier than Cabomba or Ambulia. Banana lilies are another interesting-looking and fast-growing option - they send up long stems to the surface with little 'lilypads' on the end, often in a few days.
My fish love to play in the java moss and I also have a java fern. They both grow great in any light
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