a stunning foreground or low midground plant, if conditions suit it streams of bubbles can be seen rising to the surface, does best attached to rocks or driftwood but can also be planted, if planted make sure the rhizome is above the substrate.
I have grown this plant is low, medium and High lighting. Grows best in low to medium lighting. IF you choose to grow it in high lighting tanks, make sure their is enough ferts to grow a new leaf every 2 weeks, as you will be cutting off old leaves every month. Higher lighting causes algae to grow on the leaves. Co2 helps combat this but I have yet to beat it in a high lighting tank. I have grown this plant attached to many things including the inside of a small clay pot. You can grow it in the substrate, just make sure the Rhizome and many roots are exposed, It will grow more to stabilize itself in the substrate.
One of my favorite plants- they can be easily attached to rocks/decorations and every so often, they flower and produce a seed pod which can, with a little difficulty, be used for prorogation. It's a lot easier to just divide the rhizome when it looks like there are two plants of about equal size (dark green leaves = old, light ones = new growth). I started out with one of them in my 55g and now have four! Good circulation and cleanings/ cleaner fish are necessary to keep the leaves from becoming covered in algae, but the plant looks nice with a little algae on the leaves IMO. Extremely ruffled leaves could mean not enough nutrients/light (it doesn't respond at all to Co2). A great slow-growing beginner or expert plant that provides much cover for fish.
A lovely plant. Looks good in groups, more than stand-alone. I understand it's very hardy -- hoping so, as I have a low-light tank. Expensive, but available at reasonable prices online. My LFS had them at $10.99 each. I got 6 for $15.99 on no ebay links allowed.. GB
Picked three of these up at PetSmart. I believe they were $3.99 each. All of them had GREAT color; however, the roots were wrapped and weighted with lead. When I got them home and unwrapped them- one of the plants barely had roots. I don't know how much a lack of roots will affect that particular plant, but so far all three seem to be doing well. I tied the plants off to a medium sized cichlid stone and placed it near the corner of the tank- out of the direct light.
Very hardy, tough and easy. I've grown this tied onto wood, floating and emersed but not in substrate. It grows quite fast in high light with ferts. Though mine have never flowered. The only problem with this plant is algae, since this plant is slow growing and the leaves are smooth.