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Question Plants for a High Humidity/Wet Environment

Hello! I was wondering what easily obtainable plants would be suitable for a very wet and humid environment. I previously tried herbs (lavender, rosemary, thyme, parsley) but they died within a week. From best I could tell, it was too humid and the roots died from rot though I think that the water in the tank would be plenty oxygenated. Right now, there are just plastic fake plants inside.

I currently have a 10 gallon aquarium (maybe its 15?) with a fountain inside it and fish gravel along the bottom. The water from the fountain splashes all over the place and the (florescent) light evaporates it very quickly making it extremely humid. You can usually see condensation along the edges of the tank (I just turned the light on so it doesn't show here).

Would it be good to try pond plants? Or should I use something other than gravel? I worry that if I use dirt or sand, then it will become waterlogged and it will be doubly bad for the roots. I think that gravel will let the roots breath some. The tank itself is not that deep and I am not at all familiar with pond plants so I would not know if they would fit. Please let me know if you have any questions! Thank you!
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-20-2011, 10:48 PM
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Most regular aquatic plants will grow very well in a humid emersed state. Otherwise, look at rainforest and marginal plants.

The biggest issue in most cases is selecting plants that don't grow too large.
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