Plants and Plant Growth

Anubius Nana

Anubius Nana

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Common Name: Nana
Proper Name: Anubias barteri ‘Nana’
Category: Anubias and Lagenandra
Temperature: 21 – 30 C
PH: 5.0 – 8.6
Lighting: Low
Growth Rate: Very Slow
Difficulty: Easy
Position in Aquascape: Foreground

It can be attached to logs in an aquarium to form lovely tropical scenes.

Anubias nana is a hardy plant that is an aquarium favourite among many hobbyists. This rosette plant may reach up to 6 inches in length and has beautiful dark green leaves in low, handsome clumps. They usually have diagonal lines running from the centre vein to the leaf perimeter.
Anubias nana has tall, variable foliage that is usually pointed to ovate. It prefers moderate lighting, an alkalinity of 3 – 8 dKH, and a pH of 6.0 – 7.5. When planting the aquatic plant, take special care of the rhizome and the roots

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Beetroot Rubra x 1 bunches

Beetroot Rubra 3 stems to a bunch

Suitable for both coldwater and tropical tanks

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Blue Hygro

Blue Hygro

rooting stems

Plant has narrow, log, pointed leaves on sturdy, stiffly rising stalks.

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BRASILIENSIS CHAIN SWORD

BRASILIENSIS CHAIN SWORD

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Cyperus Helferi

Cyperus Helferi

Hardiness: Moderate
Light Needs: Medium
Plant Structure: Rosette
Family: Cyperaceae
Genus: Cyperus
Region: Asia
Location: Thailand
Size: Height: 20-50cm (8-20in)
Growth Rate: Slow

C. helferi produces long, flowing leaves that arc elegantly across the water column. Despite its being a rosette plant, this species produces a very small root system. Many runners with daughter plants are produced at the base of established, healthy specimens.

This elegant plant is best used as a focal point in the midground or as a background accent.

Photos of 2 bunches separated and spread out in our 8ft display tank

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Dwarf Sagittaria

The Dwarf Sagittaria is a completely undemanding plant that can withstand hard water as well as water with a surplus of organic substances. Not sensitive to temperature change, it can thrive in very poor planting substrate if given a generous amount of light. This aside, the proper water conditions would have a temperature of 72°-82°F, an alkalinity of 3-8 dKH and a pH of 6.5-7.5. Provide the plant with moderate lighting

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Java Fern

Microsorum pteropus, commonly known as Java fern after the Indonesian island of Java, is a highly variable plant with several different geographic varieties that vary in leaf size and shape. It is found growing attached to roots and rocks in nature, and can grow both fully and partially submerged. The plant can propagate through small adventitious plants, formed on the older leaves, which attach themselves to hard substrates.

In the aquarium

Java fern is one of the most popular plants in the aquarium hobby, due to its aesthetic appeal and ease of care. Cultivation in the aquarium is usually performed by tying the rhizome to rock or driftwood, instead of planting it directly into the substrate.

small rhizome with 6-8 leaves

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Java Moss

Java Moss

A handfull of java moss with a weight to hold down.

Great plant for young fish fry to hide in.

A little bit goes a long way: the thinner this is spread over rocks and driftwood, the better it will root itself and the prettier and healthier it will look as it grows.

All growth represents nitrate you’re finally eliminating from your biological filter system.

No additional plant food required even those who can not grow aquarium plans can grow this with no care.

Photo is off the web but looks the same.

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Narrow Leaf Java Fern

Rhizome of 3-6cm with minimum of 6 leaves

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Red Hygrophila – Alternanthera reineckii

Red Hygrophila – Alternanthera reineckii

The purple colour underneath Alternanthera reineckii leaves provides an effective contrast to the many green aquarium plants in an aquarium – particularly when planted in groups. Good light encourages the leaves to turn red. Most Alternanthera species are difficult to grow, but this one is relatively undemanding. Easy to propagate by nipping off the terminal bud and planting it in the bottom. This also makes the mother plant more bushy, because more side shoots are formed.
Alternanthera reineckii is an easy to grow stem plant that will thrive in most aquariums. The plant typically grows to a height of 10 to 20 inches, even taller under high light conditions. The width of each stem is about 4 to 6 inches, based on leaf growth.The leaf is oblong-elliptic to ovoid.
In order to achieve strong shoots the substrate should be nutrient rich and light intensity high. Three to five strong specimens can be used for the background area to help accent the shades of green aquarium plants. Alternanthera reineckii can grow well in both hard and soft water although soft, slightly acidic water is best. Optimum growth temperature is 75 to 80.6 degrees, although it can grow in temps from 71.6 to 82.4 degrees. It can withstand temps from 39.2 to 84 degrees.
Alternanthera reineckii requires moderate to high lighting (2 – 4 watts/gal) to do well. If kept in low-light tanks the lower leaves tend to fall off. Separate each stem and plant individually. This will result in better growth and the lower leaves will still receive some light as the this aquarium plant grows taller.

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Stargrass 1 x bunch

Stargrass

3 stems to a bunch

Heteranthera zosterifolia also known as Star Grass is a beautiful plant which forms a lot of side shoots and thus quickly forms a bushy plant group.
This plant can be left to grow tall as a mid-ground to background plant or trimmed and used as a foreground plant.

Plant weight included with all bunched plants.

Hardiness: Easy
Light Needs: Medium
Plant Structure: Stem
Family: Pontederiaceae
Genus: Heteranthera
Region: Central/South America
Location: Brazil

Planting Instructions

Stem plants are usually cuttings of plants that normally don’t come with roots. This is how stem plants are sold in the aquatic plant industry although at times my stem plants may come with roots because I have been growing them out.

 

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Zelandia Sword – Micro Sword

Lilaeopsis Nova-Zelandae
upto 10cm

The Micro Sword plant is known by many names, including Micro Sword Grass, Brazilian Micro Sword, Copragrass, and Carpet Grass. It is an very interesting-looking aquatic carpeting plant that always looks excellent in the foreground of aquariums. Micro Sword grass strands are thicker and shinier in appearance than hairgrass, but it grows just as fast and can give your aquarium a similar serene, prairie-like look.
Micro Sword grass is known to grow extremely fast under the right water conditions and is capable of quickly carpeting the floor of your aquarium. It grows much taller than other carpeting plants, making it excellent for providing cover for shrimp, fish, or any other critters that might dwell in your tank. It may require trimming back due to its speed of growth, especially in set-ups with high-intensity lighting. Interestingly, Micro Sword grass can thrive whether it’s partially or fully immersed in water.  If you want your Micro Sword to grow quickly, water with high amounts of nutrients is vital.
This plant is very low-maintenance, making it great for both beginners and experienced aquarium hobbyists!  It does not need any special or high-intensity lighting, and it is perfectly safe to keep with all aquatic animals.  The tall grass provides great cover and, like all live plants, helps keep water clean and high quality.

Trop/Cold water 15-26 deg

Most Aquarium Plants that are members of this family are quite easy to keep, and give a wild lawn effect in the aquarium.

They tolerate a wide Temperature range and medium light is best.

Maintenance Class : This plant is classed as fairly easy to care for.

Tank Position : This plant is recommended for a foreground planting position.

This Plant Is Suited To The Following:

A pH range between 6.0 and 8.0.
Soft to Hard water attributes.
Temperatures between 59 and 79 Fahrenheit (15 to 26 Celsius).
Medium intensity lighting.

 

Depending on which supplier i get these from sometimes they are potted and sometimes they are bunched. The potted ones are genrally smaller amounts of plant and the bunches larger so both are the same price.

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