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newby 09-19-2011 12:35 PM

Need advise on new plants
I need to add taller plants to my aquarium. I have gravel and so far the few plant that are rooted are doing well. I just added a small handful of duck week four days ago. Duckweed looks beautiful but I have a quiet flow filter and it keeps getting sucked in the intake. Any advise would help. I have a 36 gallon bowfront at 80 degrees and a ph of 6.8. I would like to keep an amazon theme. Thanks!

Byron 09-19-2011 12:47 PM

For an amazon theme, sword plants in the genus Echinodorus are prime, there are several in varying sizes, some are in our profiles [under the second tab from the left in the blue bar]. The pygmy chain sword is ideal as a substrate cover, and will do well in most conditions. Duckweed is trouble with filters, so an alternative floating plant would be Brazilian Pennywort, actually a stem plant but it grows very well floating or you can plant it in the substrate and let it grow up and across the surface; also in the profiles, you can click the shaded name to see it. Water Sprite is another superb floating plant, native to most tropical regions including S America. Frogbit is another, though can be a bit fussy to maintain. Corkscrew Vallisneria, Dwarf Sagittaria are two more substrate rooted plants.


newby 09-19-2011 12:52 PM

Thank you for your wise advise!!! You are much appreciated!!

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