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  • Lilibeth_Seasong
    started a topic Can I upgrade my lighting any?

    Can I upgrade my lighting any?

    Hi all!
    I have two full hoods that came with my 55 gallon. They each came with a full spectrum...
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  • Salvinia Care Sheet

    Salvinia Care Sheet

    Written by Pirahnah3 and Northstar Common Names: Salvinia, Common salvinia, water spangles Latin Name: Salvinia minima Family Name: Salviniaceae Plant Form: Floating Fern Sold as: Single/Bunch Placement: Water surface Max Size: Leaf 0.4-2 cm (0.15-0.8 inches) Planting: Floating Flowers: White flowers Propagation: Division Growth Rate: Fast True Aquatic: Yes pH: Any Supplements: macro/micro ferts Lighting: Low to High Recommended Tank Size: Any Care Level: Easy Good for Beginners: Yes Salvinia easily multiplies in the home aquarium so long as there is minimal water surface disturbance. This floating plant is not recommended for a tank with a strong downward...
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  • Four Leaf Clover Care Sheet

    Four Leaf Clover Care Sheet

    Common Names: Four Leaf Clover, Water Shamrock, Waterclover Latin Name: Marsilea quadrifolia Family Name: Marsileaceae Plant Form: Fern Sold as: Pot, Bareroot, Bunch Placement: Foreground Max Size: 1.2-10 cm (.5-4 in.) Planting: planted in substrate Flowers: Unknown Propagation: Runners Growth Rate: Slow True Aquatic: Amphibious pH: Any Supplements: Minimal CO2, Macro/Micro ferts, and root tabs Lighting: Low to High Recommended Tank Size: Smaller tanks Care Level: Easy Good for Beginners: Yes One of the best carpet plants for those who are trying to achieve a carpet like effect on their substrate floor with low tech/light tanks and minimal CO2. A very un...
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  • Pennywort Care Sheet

    Pennywort Care Sheet

    Common Names: Pennywort, Brazilian Pennywort
    Latin Name: Hydrocotyle leucocephaia
    Family Name: Apiaceae
    Plant Form: Stem
    Sold as: Single/Bunch
    Placement: Mid/Background/Floating
    Max Size: 60 cm (24 inches)
    Planting: planted in substrate
    Flowers: Yes, if grown emerse
    Propagation: clippings
    Growth Rate: Fast

    True Aquatic: Amphibious

    pH:
    5.5 to 8
    Supplements: Macro/Micro ferts
    Lighting: Low to High
    Recommended Tank Size: Any

    Care Level: Easy
    Good for Beginners: Yes Pennywort, when grown submerged, grows in long, slender stems punctuated by alternating ro...
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  • Duckweed

    Duckweed

    Written by Magoo

    Common Names: Common Duckweed
    Latin Name: Lemna minor
    Family Name: Lemnaceae
    Plant Form: Pad
    Sold as: Loose Plant
    Placement: Floating
    Max Size: Very small
    Planting: Floating
    Flowers: Yes
    Propagation: plant division, buds (seeds)
    Growth Rate: Moderate to Fast

    True Aquatic: Yes

    pH: Any
    Supplements: Minimal
    Lighting: Any
    Recommended Tank Size: Any

    Care Level: Easy
    Good for Beginners: Yes

    Common duckweed looks like miniature Lilly pads with a single root. Having them in your tank has some pros and cons:

    Pros: They help reduce the amount...
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  • Dwarf Sagittaria

    Dwarf Sagittaria

    Written by: Zumi Common Name: Dwarf Sag Latin Name: Sagittaria subulata Family Name: Alismataceae Plant Form: Rosette Sold as: Plantlet Placement: Fore/midground Max Size: 5-40cm (2-16 inches) light determines growth Planting: Substrate Flowers: No Propagation: Runners Growth Rate: Fast True Aquatic: Amphibious pH: 5.5 to 8 Supplements: Root tabs Lighting: Low to Moderate Recommended Tank Size: Any Care Level: Easy Good for Beginners: Yes Dwarf sag is an excellent choice as a carpet plant, as it will quickly cover the substrate in adequate conditions. It features bright green blades and can grow quite tall in brighter lighting. As a heavy root fee...
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  • Java Fern Thors Hammer

    Java Fern Thors Hammer

    Written by: Magoo

    Common Names: Java Fern Thors Hammer
    Latin Name: Microsorum pteropus var thors hammer

    Family Name: Polypodiaceae
    Plant Form: Rhizome
    Sold as: Bareroot, potted or attached to driftwood/rock
    Placement: Midground

    Max Size: Height 20 cm (8 inches)
    Planting: Do not bury rhizome in substrate. Best tied to hardscape or anchor the fine roots under a rock
    Flowers: No
    Propagation: Rhizome division
    Growth Rate: Medium

    True Aquatic: Amphibious

    pH: Any
    Supplements: Balanced water column fertilizers, with a demand for Iron, Trace and Potassium
    Lighting: Very low...
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  • Java Fern Windelov

    Java Fern Windelov

    Written by Ace

    Common Names: Java Fern Windelov, Java Fern Lace, Windelov Fern, Lace Fern
    Latin Name: Microsorum pteropus var windelov

    Family Name: Polypodiaceae
    Plant Form: Rhizome
    Sold as: Bareroot, potted or attached to driftwood/rock
    Placement: Midground

    Max Size: Height 10-17 cm (4-7 inches)
    Planting: Do not bury rhizome in substrate. Best tied to hardscape or anchor the fine roots under a rock
    Flowers: No
    Propagation: Rhizome division
    Growth Rate: Medium

    True Aquatic: Amphibious

    pH: Any
    Supplements: Not necessary but Macro/Micro ferts are a...
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  • Anubias Eye

    Anubias Eye

    Written by: Magoo

    Common Names: Anubias Eye
    Latin Name: Anubias barteri var. nana eye

    Family Name: Araceae
    Plant Form: Rhizome
    Sold as: Bareroot, potted or attached to driftwood/rock
    Placement: Fore/Midground

    Max Size: Height 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cm) Width 2-3 inches (5-7.5 cm)
    Planting: Do not bury rhizome in substrate. Best tied to hardscape or anchor the fine roots under a rock
    Flowers: Yes
    Propagation: Rhizome division
    Growth Rate: Slow

    True Aquatic: Amphibious

    pH: Any
    Supplements: Balanced water column fertilizers, with a demand for...
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  • Hygrophila corymbosa

    Hygrophila corymbosa

    Common name: Temple plant, Giant hygro Latin name: Hygrophila corymbosa Family name: Acanthaceae Plant form: Stem Sold as: Bunch Placement: Background Max size: Height 24 inches (60cm) Planting: Plant stems in substrate. Separate each stem so that light can reach the bottom leaves. Flowers: Yes, if emersed Propagation: Cut stems a few inches from the top and plant cuttings in substrate. Growth rate: Moderate True aquatic: Amphibious pH: 7.5 or lower Supplements: Benefits from balanced fertilizers and CO2 Lighting: Any Recommended tank size: Any Care level: Easy Recommended for beginners: Yes Temple plants unique characteristic is th...
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  • Hornwort Care Sheet

    Hornwort Care Sheet

    Written by Matt B Common Names: Common Hornwort Latin Name: Ceratophyllum demursum Family Name: Ceratophyllaceae Plant Form: Stem Sold as: Bunch Placement: Background/Floating Max Size: 24 inches (60cm) Planting: Plant in substrate Flowers: Yes Propagation: Clippings Growth Rate: Fast True Aquatic: Yes pH: Any Supplements: Balanced ferts, but with a low demand Lighting: Low light Recommended Tank Size: Any Care Level: Easy Good for Beginners: Yes Hornwort grows in long, slender stems punctuated by bunches of "needle" like leaves. Quite beautiful and delicate in appearance, this undemanding, fast growing plant makes a great candidate for background placement or can be left floa...
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  • Najas Grass

    Najas Grass

    Written by: Zumi Common Names: Guppy Grass, Common Water Nymph, Najas Grass Latin Name: Najas Guadalupensis Family Name: Najadaceae Plant Form: Stem Sold as: Bunch Placement: Background, floating Max Size: 23-35 inches(60-90cm) Planting: Substrate or floating Flowers: Yes Propagation: Clippings Growth Rate: Fast True Aquatic: Yes pH: Any Supplements: Basic ferts, if any Lighting: Low light Recommended Tank Size: Any Care Level: Easy Good for Beginners: Yes A very undemanding plant. You can just let this plant float in your tank and it will overtake your tank in matter of weeks. Plant in the background to create a wall of foliage. Najas gr...
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  • Amazon Frogbit Care Sheet

    Amazon Frogbit Care Sheet

    Written by Pirahnah3 and NorthStar

    Common Names: Amazon Frogbit
    Latin Name: Limnobium laevigatum
    Family Name: Hydrocharitaceae
    Plant Form: Lilly pad
    Sold as: Single/Bunch
    Placement: Water surface
    Max Size: 1.5 inches across leaf pad
    Planting: Floating surface plant
    Flowers: White flowers
    Propagation: Side shoots
    Growth Rate: Prolific

    True Aquatic: Yes

    pH: Any
    Supplements: Balance ferts
    Lighting: Low to Moderate
    Recommended Tank Size: Any

    Care Level: Easy
    Good for Beginners: Yes A prolific plant that can overtake the water s...
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  • Java Fern

    Java Fern

    Written by: Matt B Common Names: Java Fern Latin Name: Microsorum pteropus Family Name: Polypodiaceae Plant Form: Fern Sold as: Bareroot, potted or attached to driftwood/rock Placement: Fore/Midground Max Size: Height 5-30 cm (6-12 inches) Planting: Do not bury rhizome in substrate. Best tied to hardscape or anchor the fine roots under a rock Flowers: No Propagation: Rhizome division Growth Rate: Medium True Aquatic: Amphibious Plant Care pH: 5.5-8 Supplements: Balanced water column fertilizers Lighting: Low Recommended Tank Size: Any Care Level: Easy Good for Beginners: Yes Java ferns are hardy, undemanding rhizome plants which are a great starter plant for a beginner. The long, spear shaped leaves tend to fan out from the rhizome in an "umbrella" pattern and stand up well with herbivor...
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  • Pellia

    Pellia

    Common Names: Pellia, Pelia
    Latin Name: Monosolenium Tenerum

    Family Name: Monosoleniaceae
    Plant Form: Liverwort
    Sold as: Portion
    Placement: Fore/Midground


    Photographer: NorthStar

    Max Size: Leaf (thallus) Height: 2.5 cm (1 inch), Leaf (thallus) Width 0.5 cm (0.2 inch)
    Planting: Tied to hardscape or left on the bottom of the tank
    Flowers: No
    Propagation: Cuttings
    Growth Rate: Medium


    Photographer: NorthStar True Aquatic: Live in emerse and immerse environment Plant Care pH: 5-7.5 Supplements: Balanced water column fertilizers Recommended Tank Size: Any, great for small/invert ta...
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