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Kim - 2013-07-14
I added a dwarf lily to my 55 gallon low light tank about 5 weeks ago. Very low light, only 1wpg. Truly impressive plant! Beautiful coloration and within this short amount of time I already have over 20 lily pads on the surface!

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Deborah DeRosa - 2010-04-10
After buying one Ruby Melon Swordplant, I ran back the next day to the same pet store and bought two more. They are indeed a beautiful plant. They form a rosette shape for the front or mid-tank area. They have leaves that may remain open, while others have leaves that stay upright. I have had these plants buried in the substrate without fertilizer for about a month and they are lovely. No leaf lose either by fish nibbling or water conditions. If you can find a dealer, get one you will be enthralled with the stripped leaves and variations in colors.

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Anonymous - 2010-01-11
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Barbara - 2006-02-14
this is a plant with high tolerance for just about everything. it doesnt much care about pH, lighting, etc. The roots grow unbelievably quickly, so be warned it will be serious competition for surrounding plants and a potential problem for an undergravel filter. The one thing this plant really hates is to be crowded by its own or another kind. if this happens, it will drop all of its leaves except the top rosette, which isnt a great look. Also avoid bruising the stems during maintinance.

there are many ways to use it. wisteria can be used as a groundcover in the front of the aquarium, or in a bunch in the middle or back. it is interesting when contrasted with big broad or long straightleaves of a different shade of green or red (i.e. ozelot sword, or vallis).

finally, avoid buying cuttings that have been cultivated above ground, which will display large roughly outlined oval leaves, as these cuttings will take longer to adjust to their new environment.

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Bernadette M. - 2005-01-05
I remember always having anacharis in all the fish tanks we had when I was growing up. As a child, I worked in a neighborhood tropical fish store and remember that anacharis outsold all other plants many times over, mostly due to the hardiness of it. That was all in California.
I now live in Washington (State). I was shocked to find out that I couldnt buy anachris in the state of Washington as it was put on some list naming it a weed, and therefore is illegal to sell.
I have yet to find any plant that even comes close to it

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Kyle Morrissey - 2013-04-17
is there any special features of this plant that could help fresh water or tropical fish

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-17
    It is a bog plant, so does have special considerations in the aquarium. Of course, many fish do well with a planted environment. Plants create places to hide and retreat, and this plant would do the same. But because it is a bog plant, part of it needs to be out of the water. If you are putting together a vivarium, it can be a super addition. This is an aquarium that has an area for fish, but also has an outside area for semi-aquatic life, like frogs and other amphibians. I've seen, and created:) some wonderful vivariums and I would consider it a prime candidate for that type of environment. I also think it could be used effectively in an aquarium for Rainbowfish, Archers, Labyrinth fish like the Betta and Paradise Fish that look for insect prey above the water surface. It would be a very natural addition for these. My two cents worth:) But I'd love to hear other people's ideas on its aquarium uses too!
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Barbara - 2006-02-14
this is a high light plant. i have found that 14 hours of strong aquarium light are necessary for the plant to produce healthy growth. ideally, you want this plant to grow long, slender, rose to red colored leaves at the top. if the light requirements are not met, you will end up with scraggly grey green growth, and ultimately death of the plant. This is also a good plant for discus tanks, because it can quickly grow to the surface, giving discus a sense of security. when the stems begin to curl to stay underwater, cut off about 1/3-1/2 of the top part of the plant and replant. If there are any new shoots at the bottom of the old stem, allow them to grow out to make more plants.

this plant is a fairly heavy feeder, but can do just fine in plain washed gravel, and mine even tolerates an undergravel filter. I would put in some sort of nutrient supplement.

dont be scared off by the horror stories, just follow the heavy light heavy feed rule, and you should be sucessful.

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  • sep - 2010-11-17
    I disagree with Barbara's comment, I have two T5HO bulbs over a 55 gallon tank and leave my lights on 8.5 hrs daily and these plants are doing well as a result. Of course I dose Seachem's Flourish line of ferts daily and I have an iron rich substrate as well. Leaving your lights on about 14 hrs a day will do you no good and will lead to bad algae outbreaks.
  • Abelard A - 2011-06-27
    I understand that it needs good light and fertilization, but my worries are that some of my fishes need only not too bright light. How can I make my fish tank both beneficial to my fish and this kind of plant?
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osru - 2006-05-11
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CarolO - 2012-07-22
I was given a section of Pennywort as a floating plant. It didn't die but didn't do great, either. I attached it to a piece of driftwood to try it under the water and now it's growing like crazy. It has tripled in the last month.

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