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Okay okay, maybe not EVERY aquascape, but I was hoping people here would post plants that they consider a important part of most aquascapes. For me, I can hardly imagine me ever do anything without this in my setup:

Ludwigia Arcuata
Ludwigia Repens
Eleocharis Acicularis
Rotala Rotundifolia
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Algae. :lol:

Seriously...
It really depends on the concept. There's no plant that is universal.
Hard to say...
 

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well, kinda true that every aquascape will feature anyplant.

but as far as i'm concern, there's no dutch scape without MMs.

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Okay okay, I see where your going :)

So, I'll change the question to: What species of plant should every household have? In other words, what species of plants should you always have access to when setting up and reshaping several tanks.
 

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Well, I still agree that plant selection is based entirely on personal prefference and the look you desire for you aquascape. That being said my "favorites" would have to include Rotala indica, Lysomacia nummularia and pretty much every crypt:)

If you are looking fo rplants that are good fo rsetting up tanks initially then I would say any fast growing stem plant that acts like a "nutrient sponge" Ones I have found good for that are R. indica, hydrophila sp., hydrocotyle leucophalia and sylvania are are wonderful to use initally to help control nutrient levels and keep down algae.

Hope that helps:)
 

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I don't think I've had a non-biotope tank without at least one crypt in it since I got my first crypt. Of course, now I've got four tanks with nothing but crypts...I guess I'm an addict. :) At this point in time I'm willing to bet that I'm going to have Crypt wendtii "Bronze" in all of my aquascapes for many years to come.

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Hemianthus Umbrosum and micranthermoides (SP?) are both very meat and potatoes type plants for me, Rotala Macranda 'green' would be if i could figure the thing out!
 

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I would also add to shane's opinion Lysomachia nummularia. It looks very similar but the leaves are a bit bigger, maybe up to 3/4 inch across and the light green makes a wonderful contrast. Ea to care for and not an extreemly fast grower makes it easy to use as a forrground and midground plant:) I have a pic of it in my personal gallery if interested.
 

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Hanzo said:
but as far as i'm concern, there's no dutch scape without MMs.
And for the newbies among us, that would be? :oops:
I *think* Micranthemum micranthemoides or "pearl grass." I think this used to be the old nomenclature, though. I refer to it as Hemianthus micranthemoides.

Dennis, did you mean "salvinia" (where you wrote "sylvania")? :wink:

I have to add that for low-light set-ups, Anubias nana (or "petit" if it's a small tank) is an all-around good one to have - beautiful, and at the same time, indestructible and extremely versatile (can grow it on rock, driftwood, or in the substrate).

-Naomi
 

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Hanzo said:
but as far as i'm concern, there's no dutch scape without MMs.
I have to add that for low-light set-ups, Anubias nana (or "petit" if it's a small tank) is an all-around good one to have - beautiful, and at the same time, indestructible and extremely versatile (can grow it on rock, driftwood, or in the substrate).

-Naomi
Not to mention extremely expensive, at least the petite is.
 

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What species of plant should every household have? In other words, what species of plants should you always have access to when setting up and reshaping several tanks.
There aren't any. It's all personal preference. I don't feel there is any plant you must have around other then living ones.
 

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Not to mention extremely expensive, at least the petite is.
Oh, I don't know - it depends on how you look at it. It might be a costly initial one-time investment for a relatively small plant, but on the other hand, you don't need to spend a lot on the "extras" (like fertilizer, high-tech lighting, pressurized CO2 injection, fancy substrate, etc.) to keep it healthy, looking nice, and growing.

Then again, with fast-growers under "expensive" conditions, your return is a lot faster since you can propagate and sell them quickly. But you're also putting a lot of time and energy into maintaining/advertising/pruning/packing/mailing/etc. But for some, that's part of the enjoyment, I guess. I felt the petites were worth every penny I spent. I still have one piece that's been floating around in a neglected tank for almost a year, and it's about quadrupled in size. It wasn't a dinky little thing to begin with, either. Then again, I'm not trying to fill the foreground of some monster-sized tank with them. I use it on small pieces of driftwood to aquascape a 2.5-gallon and maybe a 5.5-gallon tank.

But yeah - plant for plant, they tend to run higher in cost.

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tanVincent said:
well, kinda true that every aquascape will feature anyplant.

but as far as i'm concern, there's no dutch scape without MMs.

Cheers
Vincent
Hrmm... Ok, I'll take your advice. Guess I should use these M&Ms as a low foreground type of thing.

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The cost of plants really isent a issue for me anymore. I suck at design, but as fare as growing healty plants goes, I'm doing great :D So, anything I buy I can usually earn back by selling of excess after a few weeks. It's the CO2 stuff that cost when you want it for several tanks :roll: Testing out DIY CO2 now to see if it's worth the hassel.
 
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