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Old 07-06-2012, 07:03 PM   #11 
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elodea is a nice fast growing plant. you can grow it floating, tied down or planted. Some claim it is a low light plant. However it does do better in medium lighting. has little white flowers when it decides to flower. no special fertilization or CO2 needed. does prefer colder water, so you will need to acclimate it to tropical temperatures.
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Old 07-07-2012, 04:46 AM   #12 
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elodea is a nice fast growing plant. you can grow it floating, tied down or planted. Some claim it is a low light plant. However it does do better in medium lighting. has little white flowers when it decides to flower. no special fertilization or CO2 needed. does prefer colder water, so you will need to acclimate it to tropical temperatures.
Ok, thanks! I might get a SMALL bunch. lol
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Old 07-07-2012, 08:48 AM   #13 
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Name:Süsswassertang
Grows: anywhere, sinks and attaches to stuff.
Lighting: Low, Med, High
Ferts: None
CO2: None
Why I like/love this plant: It's an oddball plant that is extremely hard to kill. Has the wierdest texture and looks edible.
I had never heard of that before! What a pretty plant.

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Old 07-07-2012, 08:53 AM   #14 
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Name: Dwarf hair grass.
Grows: Carpet. Puts out runners when it's happy and grows taller.
Lighting: Medium/High.
Ferts: None needed.
CO2: Not needed. Makes it grow faster, as all plants.
Why I like/love this plant: I love it as a substrate carpet!

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Old 07-07-2012, 09:39 AM   #15 
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I can't just pick one! So here are my two:
Name: Moneywort, Bacopa monnieri
Placement: Midground to background.
Lighting: (Higher end) Low-Medium
Ferts: None needed, but can make it grow faster.
CO2: Not needed, but can make it grow faster.
Why I like/love this plant: I love that it grows so quickly and looks really cool in any aquarium. It also is very succulent-like and since I'm also a cactus/succulent lover it just makes every thing better!

The stuff in the back:


Name: Rotala Rotundiflia
Placement: Midground to background.
Lighting: Medium-High, it's ok with low but it doesn't grow as well.
Ferts: Not needed, but really likes them!
CO2: Not needed, but brings out the red in this plant.
Why I love this plant: I love it because it looks bushy and grows like a charm. This plant can really go anywhere and looks different all the time.

Here it's green, but it often will get red leaves at the top:
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:40 AM   #16 
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I'm also thinking of getting some Rotala Rotundiflia. Thanks for the posts!
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Old 07-09-2012, 11:54 PM   #17 
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I like anything that lives in my tank for more than three weeks - lol! I seem to be having some luck with the Amazon Swords. More bang for the buck as they seem pretty hardy and take up a lot of space. Oh yeah, and Java Ferns seem hard to kill at least atm too.
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Old 07-10-2012, 12:34 AM   #18 
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I have both Ludwigia repens and four leaf clover in my tank. The clover has been doing wonderfully. The Ludwigia repens is slowly dying off. I was told that it was a hearty plant but it really doesn't seem to be which is a shame. It was really beautiful and my Betta loved it. It was doing well for two weeks and even had some new growth but then it just started dying and there really isn't much of it left now.
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Old 07-10-2012, 12:44 AM   #19 
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Anacharis (Egeria Densa)
Grows usually to 3 feet tall
Must be trimmed if you want a reasonable height
Absolutely beginner's plant
Grows 2 inches a week in high light, becomes thick and lush
Grows 1/4 inch a week in low light, leaves become farther apart
Goldfish love to nibble on it
Does NOT need ferts/CO2
Can be left floating, looks great anchored
Absolutely vacuums up ammonia like mad
Grows in nearly any temp water
Background plant
I love it because I bought a bunch of 6 at Petco for 2.99, each 5 inches tall.
5 months later I have 16 sprigs, each ranging from 5inches-2 1/2 feet long.
Basically very hard to kill, looks cute and can be left to float under light if you'd like it to grow like nuts.
Propagation occurs quickly....side shoots can be plucked off when they are 2-3 inches long, left to float until 6 inches long. Pluck off bottom 2 inches of leaves and anchor in gravel. Enjoy.
My goldies love it too....when they're hungry. Their nibbles aren't very noticeable.
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:54 AM   #20 
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Do I have to pick just one?!

Okay. It used to be wisteria, as possibly THE most useful beginner plant. It eats ammonia, floats as a betta hammock, can be planted, and sheds leaves which grow roots and become baby plants.. brilliant stuff.

BUT. I was recently introduced to Hemianthus callitrichoides, or 'Dwarf baby tears':




And I adore it!!! Such a cute little ground cover plant. If I manage not to kill it, it may just be my new favourite.

It tends to float, so planting can be a bit of a bother.. basically, shoving it in the subtrate with a few leaves poking out will get it to stay down and put out roots.

In a low light setting it will grow a bit leggier than under stronger light, but is still very pretty as a foreground plant. It does like fertilisers, but I'm hoping the soil base of the NPT will give it what it needs for now. :)
I love the looks of HC as well, but I've killed two plants already. It NEEDS CO2 (or dosing carbon), ferts and greatly prefers strong light, so if you're not running those three things, it may be somewhat difficult to keep it alive. Good luck, though, and keep us all updated on how yours is doing :)

I've heard that starting it out in your tank as emersed really increases its chances of living and growing as a submersed plant, so you may want to give that a shot.

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