Originally Posted by aokashi
Never heard of philippine fern, but the obvious questions are are you sure it was an aquatic?
Plants that almost never need pruning are Java fern and Anubias, since they grow so slowly. and both can be grown tied down in a barebottom tank. Most stem plants are non messy. you may have to deal with the occassional loose leaf, but thats it.
As MSG implied, floating plants tend to be the messiest. especially duckweed, which sticks to everything. Other annoying plants are carpeting plants that grows upwards :/ but I doubt you will need to deal with that. lol
Do you know which of these are messy and not messy to deal with? :o
Eleocharis ''parvula'' (hair grass)
Pink or orange water lily.
Echinodorus 'vesuvius' (AWESOME snake bamboo-like twirls!)
Fissidens splachnobryoides (the bottom moss)
Marsilea quadrifolia (water shamrock)
Anubias, Petite Nana (just big leaves)
APONOGETON ULVACEUS (large flat curvy)
Corkscrew Vallisneria (long snake twirls)
Onion Plant (Crinum thaianum) (long, stingy, spacious)