TUBEROUS PLANTS
Examples of tubers are the Prorogation (Madagascan Lace Plant), Nymphaea (African Tiger Lotus and Water Lily), and "Elephant Ears"

ROOTED PLANTS
Examples of rooted plants are Anubias, Cryptocoryne, Vallisneria (Straight or Twisted Vallis), Echinidorus (Broadleaf, Ruffled, or Pygmy
Chain Amazon Sword, Sagittaria (Giant or Dwarf Sag), and Microsorium pteropus (Java Fern).

CUTTINGS
Examples of cuttings are Cabomba (see photo), Rotala, Bacopa, Nomaphila (Dwarf and Willow-Leaf Hygrophyla), Ceratophyllum (Hornwort), and Limnophila aquatica (Giant Ambulia).

EMERSED AQUATIC PLANTS
Examples of floating plants are Pistia stratiotes (Water Lettuce -- see photo), Salvinia auriculata (Butterfly Fern), Riccia, and Java Moss.

SOUTH EAST ASIA PLANTS
Ambulia Sessiliflora - Asian
Crypt Balansae
Crypt Lucens
Crypt Spiralis
Crypt Wendtii Green
Foxtail - red
Hygro - giant
Rotala Indica
Vallisneria - Contortion
Vallisneria - Corkscrew
Vallisneria - Italian
Water Wisteria


AMAZON RIVER PLANTS
Foxtail - green
Pennywort Brazilian
Sword - Amazon
Sword - Amazon Compacta
Sword - Melon Green
Sword - Pygmy Chain
Sword - Radican
Sword - Rangeri

 

Freshwater >Plants

There are two main styles to choose from. The "Dutch" style that focuses more on overall aesthetic look of the plants. The GeoSpecific style that only uses plant that originate from a specific area. For a successful planted tank you must have light. A recommended starting light level is 2 watts per gallon; 5000k-6700k range florescent watts. Choose a substrate of uncoated gravel 1-3 mm is a good size. For a successful planted tank you need to keep your nutrient levels in balance. If you have a high light tank (more than 3 watts per gallon) then CO2 is a necessity to keep your plants healthy and growing and keep algae to a minimum. A pH 6.4-8.5 range, a general hardness, gH, of 3-15 degrees and a carbonate hardness, kH, of 3-12 is fine.

TECHNIQUES
-Rooted plants should be planted into the substrate only up to where their leaves meet the roots. Burying them too deep will cause the stems to rot.
-Tubers should be planted at an angle, with the shoots just above the substrate; otherwise, the plant will not survive.
-Cuttings should be separated and planted one by one, and properly spaced out for better growth.

Put tall ones, and those that tend to grow tall and thick, at the sides and at the back. Plant short and rosette-type plants in the front and center. Do not use the rooted plants in areas where fish that have a
tendency to dig can uproot them. Instead, plant them behind rocks, driftwood, or other dominant decor.

REGULAR CARE & MAINTENANCE
Fertilize, Change water, trimming dead or damaged leaves and branches, propagating by cutting or separating new growth, removing snails, Avoid toxic elements.

 Echinodorus tenellus:
Sword Wendtii
(Cryptocoryne Wendtii)
Sword Super Robin
Sword Rangeri
Sword Radican
Water Rose
Green Hedge
Wisteri
 
 
 
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