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Hi,
My 40 gallons tanks are quite narrow, only 12 inches. I love Pogostemon Erectus for the background, and I think the photos (including mine below) do not do justice to this beauty. It actually hides the back wall, grows vertically, leaves plenty of space for foreground plants and do not shade them. I am looking for similar background options. What is your background favorite?
 

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Ugh, pogo is Stunning, i tried it once in my dirted high tech 40b and it didn't grow at all, same as my lobelia cardinalis. But other more difficult species thrive(d)! i dont get some plants sometimes...
 

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It is not such a difficult plant, you probably got a bad specimen. The tank has GH 5, pH 6.5 (CO2), 10ppm Nitrates, 1.2ppm Phosphates, Mg/Ca ratio of 03-0.5, weekly addition of potassium, iron and micro. I got mine in a store, it was grown above the water, it easily transformed to immersed form in a week or two. I have noticed that it does not like when the top is replanted (like other stem plants), the top produces a million shoots it can not sustain. If let it to grow almost out of the water, it usually produces a "rooted baby" at the base. I remove the parent plant and let the baby grow. Or sometimes I take strongest shot(s) from the topped plant and remove the rest. May be you should just try one that was grown not grown submerged.
Any advice on background plants for my narrow tank?
 

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Hi, all.

Rotala rotundifolia makes a nice contrast to P. erectus. There is a green colour form and an orange-ish form. If you want to keep it all green the Rotala still makes a nice contrast because leaf structure is very different from the Pogostemon.
Hygrophila pinnatifida often makes a fun variation in the middle of larger dense areas of stem plants.

I can't say I have 'one' favourite background plant - the contrast between colours and shapes is normally what I strive for, not one single plant, but I also like Pogostemon erectus...
 

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Didiplis diandra, Myriophyllum tuberculatum, Cabomba aquatica and furcata, Bolbitis heudelotii...just a few. But they are almost all too fast running to the surface. I like Pogostemon Erectus because it is something slow and beautifull discovery to me. I bought it as blind buy - it was grown emersed and needed three weeks to adapt.
 

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Welcome to APC, Marko Sp!

The biggest problem have with background plants is that they can grow so fast you have to prune very often. And, I suspect P. Erectus doesn't grow when you use cuttings from the top of the plant - I had no luck at all when I tried that. The perfect plant grows to just the height you want, then stops and continues to look like freshly grown stems forever.
 
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