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Lisaepom 02-01-2009 07:02 PM

How to care for banana plant
I have just one little banana plant, a nymphoides aquatica I believe. It sits in my little tank, no more than a gallon I'd say, with my one beta. I think it's dying. It's getting brown on the edge of its roots and slightly on the leaves, and has brown dots all over the stems which were not there when I got it. How do I care for this little guy? If it's not worth keeping it I'd rather take it out asap so it does not affect my fish.

catfishtabbi 02-01-2009 09:51 PM

You can trim the roots up a bit, just use scissors and snip the ends off. Also just snip the brown off the leaf i actually use a long nail . If the leaves are dying you can cut them all off and new ones will grow back.

Lisaepom 02-02-2009 08:58 PM

Thanks a lot I'll do that!

fishkid 02-03-2009 06:33 PM

Do other plants do well in your tank? It could be a lighting issue. There should be about 1 watt of light per gallon. If your lighting is good, it could be that you are planting the "bananas" under the substrate. These are in fact nutrient reserves, and need to be above the substrate.

Lisaepom 02-04-2009 08:35 PM

It probably is a lighting issue. I guess I'll have to find a better place for it. Is just a window sill ok?

Unrulyevil 02-05-2009 08:07 AM


Originally Posted by Lisaepom (Post 168856)
It probably is a lighting issue. I guess I'll have to find a better place for it. Is just a window sill ok?

It's not the best way out but... try it! Natural light is good for your plants and fish... but.. you could have an algae outbrake + if you tank is by the window make sure you do not get huge temperature swings.

fish_4_all 02-06-2009 01:54 PM

Banana plants need plenty of light so it can't hurt. Watch the algae issues for sure, it can take over quickly in direct sunlight.

Also, your banana will want to put out a lot of roots to support it. If oyu have plenty of substrate make sure to give it a root tab so it has access to extra nutrients.

Blaxicanlatino 02-08-2009 03:03 PM

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banana plants are very simple and very undemanding. I have one in my 10 gallon tank and it did fine... but then when i added ferts and a DIY yeast C02 injection, it exploded!!! it grew a new leaf that was 10 times bigger than the others! Heres some pics of before and after. In just 1 week!

this is before:

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and this is after (one week after ferts and c02 is added)

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notice how freakishly huge the other leaf is compared to the others 0_0

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SinCrisis 02-16-2009 02:46 AM

same thing happened to mine. Watch out though... after mine grew a giant leaf, my current ended up uprooting it after a week or so.

Blaxicanlatino 03-30-2009 09:22 AM

I did some aquascaping in my tank but now my banana plant has made a shoot that about 3 foot long 0_0 I will post pics today

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