Funny you should mention that, since I added some wandering jew and spider plants about 3 weeks ago. They have rooted well and are growing nicely. My tank has pendant lights though so they good a good blast for about 8 hours a day. If you don't have direct light I guess their growth will just be slower.
"bamboo" has done nothing for me in the tank. Another good one is "wandering jew", I've also heard of some luck with spider plants.