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Every aquascaper (and most aquatic gardeners) have their preferred list of aquatic plants --the species of plant that seems to always make its way into their aquascape designs and plans. This list even seems to change with time. Amano seemed to use Lagarosiphon madagascariensis liberally in his second book, yet none of his recent tanks use this plant anymore.

So what are the preferred plants for your inspiration?


Heteranthera zosterifolia (green filler)
Hemianthus micranthemoides (green filler)
Didiplis diandra (splash of color)
Rotala sp Nanjenshan (green filler)
Anubias barteri v nana (favorite epiphyte)
Bolbitis heudelotii (favorite epiphyte)
Ludwigia sp Cuba (splash of color)
Ludwigia arcuata (splash of color)


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Hi Carlos, Because, for the time being, my tanks are low light. I love to grow forrests of crypt specs., different anubius, java fern and moss..but my ultimate favorite is the bolbitus. Also the ferns and anubius are great for most cichlid tanks.

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1. Sunken Riccia
2. Cladophora balls
3. Any red plant
4. Pellia, sorry Monosolenium
5. Almost forgot - Nesea

Ok, here is the real thing:
- Java Moss
- Java Fern
- Dwarf sag
- Hair grass

Simple (too simple for some folk).


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Good aquascaping plants-
Heteranthera zosterifolia
Hemianthus micranthemoides
Myriophyllum matogrossense ‘Green’
Hydrothrix gardneri

I'm not much of a Crypt fan, I guess because there color changes always depends on the environment it's in...the only time I loved them was on my 5g CF tank! :wink:

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Rotala indica is a good low-maintenance, nice-color "filler." Lobelia cardinalis 'small-form' is a wonderful steady-grower for the foreground, especially if you have CO2 and moderate-to-strong lighting. I also like pearl grass but you need to go at it with a machete every week to keep it from taking over the whole tank. I prefer to have it, though. And last but not least, I always seem to find some type of easy crypt to add some oomph to my tanks.

I don't necessarily put all of these in all of my tanks, but if the conditions can sustain them, in they go, and there they stay.


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I keep Blyxa japonica, some kind of Eusteralis, and some kind of Hemianthus around all the time now. Past favs have been Rotalas, Riccia, and mosses.

I tend to cycle plants quickly and then when I don't have them anymore, I want them back... tenellus, mosses, and Hemianthus are the most versatile plants that I've worked with in an aquascaping sense. If I had to choose 3 plants to be limited to forever, those would be it...
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