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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-19-2013, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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River tank plants

Time to upgrade. Yay! Finally getting around to doing this. Upgrading my river tank to a 40 breeder and it's gonna be pretty bare looking after I'm finished. I have a couple of species of Anubias and some Crypts in there right now.

What are some other good plants to use in a river tank setup? Keeping in mind that these tanks have some pretty good current running through them.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-20-2013, 12:31 AM
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If you could root some water wisteria in there it should hold fast and add some variety to the tank. My water wisteria roots have covered a huge area like about 50 sq. inches for a few tall stems.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-20-2013, 01:04 AM
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It isn't in the strongest current in my tank but I think Persicaria 'Kawagoeanum' type plants have strong stems that won't bend much. The 4" leaves trail in the current and make quite a statement.

Bolbitis is supposed to like a lot of water movement.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-20-2013, 02:42 AM
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Cyperus Helfiri doesn't mind current at all in my tank where it's right under of the spray bar. As long as it has established roots to hold it in place, it'll be fine. I haven't had it or seen it directly in a very strong current, but naturally it grows close to the banks of rivers anyway. Plus it can grow emersed if you want to include something like that in your setup.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-20-2013, 03:17 AM
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i've got hygro augustfolia in high current, it tends to stay low like a carpet (for me) and parva seems to enjoy the high flow, or maybe its the LED its under now and not the t5, either way its doing great.


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Plants like Java Ferns, Bolbitis, Anubias, some Mosses which can b grown attached to rocks or driftwoods are a better option. U can also try Vals & some Crypts.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-20-2013, 05:54 AM
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I found najas growing in a stream just north of where I live, I would imagine it would fragment often but was doing quite well in the current.
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