How Many Plants? (5 Gallon)


New Member
Mar 2, 2018
I currently have a 5.5 gallon aquarium with a single Betta. It is currently stocked with lots of Anacharis and Hornwort to help it cycle. I would like to use Java Fern, Wendelov, and Trident(if Trident will fit?), Anubias (Nana and Petite?), Crypt Wendtii (not sure which color?), and possibly some Java Moss. I found a piece of spider wood and I was planning to attach the plants to the wood and some lava rock. I think I have picked out a good variety of heights and leaf structures. I would like at least one of each and possibly two of some.
Is Trident to big for my 5 gallon?
Would 1 Trident, 2 Wendelov, 1 or 2 Java Fern, 2 Anubias Nana, 2 Anubias Nana Petite, 1 Crypt Wendtii Green, and Java Moss be a good amount in a 5 gallon tank?
Any help is much appreciated. I am very open to suggestions. I am still learning.I am anxious to upgrade to a nice aquascape.


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Jun 20, 2016
The trident may start small but with good conditions it will grow and grow. Of course at that point you can sell the large plant and replace with a smaller plant. Wendelov may have the same problem but grows slower and more compact.

I would suggest sticking with just Anubias nana petite or another of the smaller ones. Using smaller plants makes the tank look bigger.