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Alternanthera reineckii Plant Species Profile

Alternanthera reineckii

There is a variety with a reddish color to the topside of the leaves and one with a more purplish hue. Strong light is important for strong red coloring. The leaf undersides can have a purplish tint.

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Anubias species Plant Species Profile

Anubias species

Anubias are a very popular aquarium plant, primarily because they are very easy to grow, even in conditions of low light.

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Bacopa caroliniana Plant Species Profile

Bacopa caroliniana

This marsh plant from the southern and middle USA is a hardy stem plant with most of the virtues and only a few of the faults of stem plants. Its ovoid leaves are thicker and stems sturdier than the many needle-leaved stem plants that tend to be delicate both to touch and to water conditions.

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Ceratopteris cornuta Plant Species Profile

Ceratopteris cornuta

This is a fast-growing floating plant that requires a high level of nutrients and appreciates strong light. Floating in a fertilized aquarium, where it is close to the light, it flourishes. Cuttings can be planted in substrate or tied to driftwood, but growth will substantially slow.

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Cryptocoryne species Plant Species Profile

Cryptocoryne species

Cryptocorynes, simply known as crypts are a family of plants that usually do very well in an aquarium. They are not particularly fussy about water parameters, and they will do very well in low-light conditions.

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Echinodorus 'aquaritica' Plant Species Profile

Echinodorus 'aquaritica'

Kristian Iversen at the Aquartica company in Denmark developed this relatively new small sword. It has a lovely green color just a bit darker than the flesh of a lime, but slightly lighter than lime skin.

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Echinodorus 'Oriental' Plant Species Profile

Echinodorus 'Oriental'

New leaves are nearly transparent and pink, turning red with green veins as it matures. Fully mature leaves are dark green. The leaf margin can be slightly undulated. This a relatively easy to grow sword and smaller than most, such as the more common E.

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Echinodorus 'Red Diamond' Plant Species Profile

Echinodorus 'Red Diamond'

Earlier known as a Victoria, this cultivar has been christened “Red Diamond.” It is believed to be a cross between E. horemanni 'red' and E. x barthii.

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Echinodorus angustifolia Plant Species Profile

Echinodorus angustifolia

Echinodorus angustifolia is unlike most of the swords one comes across in the hobby; its leaves are narrow and it remains no taller than a few inches. However, given plenty of light, nutrients and space, a plant can eventually develop to three times that height.

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Echinodorus parviflorus 'Tropica' Plant Species Profile

Echinodorus parviflorus 'Tropica'

The crinkled texture of its leaves makes this special cultivar of the E. parviflorus a beautiful example of the few truly dwarf sword plants. Its maximum height is about half that of other E. parviflorus varieties. It grows slowly unless you provide it CO2 and strong light.

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Echinodorus species Plant Species Profile

Echinodorus species

Amazon sword plants (Echinodorus species) have been available in the aquarium hobby for many years, as they are a fairly easy plant to keep as long as they are provided with sufficient light and nutrients. The most common naturally occurring variety in the hobby is E.

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Egeria densa Plant Species Profile

Egeria densa

Egeria densa is one of the fastest growing, and most commonly available plants in the aquarium hobby. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most frequently released, and has become established, along with Hydrilla, as one of the most invasive nuisance plants all over the world.

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Hygrophila species Plant Species Profile

Hygrophila species

There are a number of different hygro species common in the hobby, because all of them are excellent aquarium plants. They are available in a range of size and shape of the leaf, and colors range from different shades of green and brown to shades of red and pink.

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Limnophila aromatica Plant Species Profile

Limnophila aromatica

While one of the more beautiful stem plants, aromatica, is also one of the more demanding ones to grow. This plant can thrive in moderately hard water and is reasonably tolerable of water conditions. Regular pruning and planting of the cuttings is necessary to maintain an attractive stand.

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Ludwigia repens Plant Species Profile

Ludwigia repens

Red ludwigia is a highly variable plant, since it occurs naturally over such a wide range, and has also been produced for the aquarium hobby for many years. The plant will grow in different leaf shapes and color variations depending on genetics and the growing conditions.

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Marsilea hirsute Plant Species Profile

Marsilea hirsute

Marsilea hirsute has clover-like leaves on a single stem and the stems grow out from a single main stem that can lay along the substrate like a runner, or climb to the top of an aquarium like a stem plant.

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Microsorum pteropus Plant Species Profile

Microsorum pteropus

The Java fern is a very popular plant. It is usually found in the wild growing near waterfalls or other sources of high humidity. The plant will do well fully submerged in an aquarium.

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Rotala indica (rotundifolia) Plant Species Profile

Rotala indica (rotundifolia)

Rotala indica (also known as R. rotundifolia) is an excellent aquarium plant, as it adapts to most typical water conditions. Growth is dependent on the amount of light and nutrients provided for the plant.

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Vallisneria spiralis Plant Species Profile

Vallisneria spiralis

Italian Val is an excellent plant for any aquarium, as it will pretty easily adapt to any water and light conditions. The more light and food given the plant, the faster it will grow. Italian Val multiplies by sending out runners with small plantlets, and these can very easily become dense.

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Vesicularia dubyana Plant Species Profile

Vesicularia dubyana

Java moss has been an aquarium favorite for many years, as the plant is attractive, easy to grow and very undemanding when it comes to light, pH, hardness or nutrients.

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