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Old 07-31-2007, 10:01 PM   #1
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Large low light centerpiece type plant...

any ideas? 55 gallon tank....anything that gets 6-9" wide? low light 1.5 wpg no co2
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Old 07-31-2007, 10:21 PM   #2
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Hmmm...maybe anubias barteri v. Nana plant...will grow really slow though as will a lot of low light plants though...or possibly nymphaea zenkeri (tiger lotus and red tiger lotus if you want some extra color)...anubias barteri v Caladiifolia....a lot of anubias plants grow very hardy and withstand a lot of various tank conditions. Also Bolbitus heudelotii which grows almost 8 inches wide and 15 inches tall. HTH
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Old 07-31-2007, 10:42 PM   #3
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actually i'm noticing varying information on the tiger lotus...some sources say low light some say medium-high. i'm sure someone on here has one and can chime in first hand. sorry.
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Old 07-31-2007, 11:08 PM   #4
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For a low light centerpiece plant you can't go wrong with a Cryptocoryne. A bronze or red C. wendtii would be great.
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Old 07-31-2007, 11:33 PM   #5
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Bolbitus heudelotii which grows almost 8 inches wide and 15 inches tall.
I have this, and it's about 10inches wide, 22inches tall. I can get rather massive. Very nice looking though.

Another option for a centerpiece plant could be an ozelot or marbled sword.
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Old 07-31-2007, 11:34 PM   #6
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Crypt, maybe even a nice sword
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Old 08-01-2007, 01:35 AM   #7
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actually i'm noticing varying information on the tiger lotus...some sources say low light some say medium-high. i'm sure someone on here has one and can chime in first hand. sorry.
My brother and I have both grown this in low light. My avatar is a tiger lotus grown in 1.5wpg. I think a tiger lotus would be a VERY good choice for a low-light centerpiece.
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I would go with a nice sword. leapord, ozelot, or red rubin.
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Old 08-01-2007, 11:03 AM   #9
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Nice mention newfound. Forgot about c. wendtii. I have a bronze one in a little 10 gallon now with barely over 1 wpg and it is doing quite well. Actually has grown a little more than I thought it would with so little light and nutrients.
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I currently have a few lotus as a centerpiece in my 75g. The tank is low-light and as a result, a bit of color fades but it is full grown and looks great. It also has this habit of sending new growth to the surface and unfurling a new leaf every so often.
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Old 08-03-2007, 08:58 AM   #11
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Anubias barteri is a great centerpiece low light plant IMO. Definately not as eye-catching as a lotus or other colorful plant but the anubias will probably never need trimming, very sturdy, and provide a lot of hiding places for fish/inverts. I'm actually setting up a 10gallon dwarf puffer tank and will be taking my huge anubias out of my 20 gallon and putting it as the centerpiece in my 10 gallon. It should take up a good 1/2-3/4 of the tank and provide a maintainence free setup (my favorite kind).

The anubias I'll be transferring I first put in my tank last Feb/Mar. It was about 2" long with 3 leaves when purchased. I split it once about 6 months ago and that piece is about 4" long. The large piece is probably ~10-12" but has split into 3 or 4 different "arms" and so has a unique shape that should spread throughout the tank well once transplanted. So in the 16-18 months I've had it I have yet to trim it (other then removing some leaves that were algae covered). Try that with some hygro!
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Nymphoides aquatica, this stuff grows very large in very low light, and its very often overlooked or classified as a moderate light plant for reasons unknown to me..
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