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Old 01-29-2017, 09:36 AM   #1
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Underrated easy plants

Not the common ones...but easy plants we dont see every day that can be found/bought. I love finding/using these plants. Problem is alot of them are not user friendly in formal scapes. But....these plants can be useful to the average aquarist. I'll start with a few.

Banana plant
Dwarf lilly
Mermaid weed
Naja grass
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Old 01-29-2017, 09:43 AM   #2
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Doesn't banana plant rot after a few weeks?

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Old 01-29-2017, 09:50 AM   #3
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Ive read that the tubers (bananas) can. People seem to have the plant continue to grow regardless. I have never had them melt. Interesting plant which light macro and micros seem to affect leaf coloration.
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Old 01-29-2017, 05:29 PM   #4
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Hey @flchamp89 this is actually a nice thread you've started here how's about some pics of those plants and the scapes that they could be used in.....you guys in USA are so lucky, we don't get a whole lot of plants that y'all get
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Old 01-29-2017, 05:38 PM   #5
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I thought the thread might take off...guess not. I have a banana and lilly in my tank (show off tank thread). Several sp. of mermaid weed. Naja (guppy grass) was like the go to plant years ago. I was gonna post pics.
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I killed a banana once. But the others I haven't seen. Java fern and Anubias are pretty tough.
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I killed a banana once. But the others I haven't seen. Java fern and Anubias are pretty tough.
What happened to the banana? How old and what do you think went wrong?
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I've got Java fern and Anubias growing great
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Old 01-29-2017, 05:49 PM   #9
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In fact I just might have to much
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Old 01-29-2017, 05:52 PM   #10
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Were supposed to pick non common ones lol
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Old 01-29-2017, 09:02 PM   #11
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What happened to the banana? How old and what do you think went wrong?


It was long ago I can't remember how I managed.
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My new fave is Bacopa australis. Growing like a weed in my tank with a Finnex 24/7 and occasional glut and Flourish, no tabs or soil.

Also loving some of the non-wendtii crypts. Never seen undulatus, for example, in my local shops, but it's great.
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Mosses. I bought some subwassertang and pancuraji and I am totally in love with them.
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Old 01-30-2017, 04:34 AM   #14
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Gees I wish I could get my hands the plants you guys are talking about
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Old 01-30-2017, 05:11 AM   #15
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My new fave is Bacopa australis. Growing like a weed in my tank with a Finnex 24/7 and occasional glut and Flourish, no tabs or soil.

Also loving some of the non-wendtii crypts. Never seen undulatus, for example, in my local shops, but it's great.
That bacopa.. awesome I never heard of it I need to research it
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Just saw this thread...

Haven't seen this plant for sale for years now. Used to have tons of it and now in my tanks long gone, Ludwigia Repen x L. Arcuata

The only pic I saw with it in it from my albums.
Great color and almost no issues ever with light or ferts. Obviously it likes some ferts. On the left side, not the fake green and pink plant on the right, hahaha. Though it lasted for YEARS no need for light or ferts!


Moss balls (mabe not under rated, but over looked /not purchased by many.

Subwassertang !!! Also should be Susswassertang according to the Germans in an article I read.

Another one - Aponogeton, Boivinianus and a couple others you get in the bulb packs from the store - the ones which do not require high light

Another one I really enjoy in a tall tank is Crypyocoryne Balansae the long crinkled edge ones (often come in the tissue culture packs as little 1-2" plants.)
and the pic made me include Bolbitis - the mass in the center on top of the wood.
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Good ones....L. Arcuata. Im on another forum where majority are from Singapore. Seems like everyone over there has it lol
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My banana plant started to rot after two weeks. Maybe I planted it wrong?

Naja grass seems interesting I might have to try that out in my tank.
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My banana sit on substrate. A rhizome will branch off and grow into substrate.
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My banana sit on substrate. A rhizome will branch off and grow into substrate.


Hm, mine was sitting on the substrate as well. My guess is that I didn't have enough lighting.
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