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Idea for growing some riparium plants

I wanted to have wooden branches forming "roots" in the water with the "stems" coming up out of the water as my main hardscape. My question is: are there any plants I can use that have roots like anubias that will attach to the wood? They have to be plants that can live in dry open air. The roots would be kept moist/wet by being submerged or covered over with moss that would wick water up I'm guessing. Thanks for you help!

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Anubias require moist air to grow out of the water and they are better in a high-humidity (closed top) riparium setup.

There are some emersed stem plants that might grow well like this. You can also try a Ceratopteris fern. Tom Barr (plantbrain) had a tank a while ago with a real nice Ceratopteris attached to a piece of manzanita and growing out of the water.
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I would say java fern may be suitable.


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I think most aquarium plants will grow emmersed given the right environment and enough time.

I think I've heard before that anubias are common in their native territory on waterfalls and such.

I think any of the hardscape plants (anubias, java fern, bolbitis, mosses, etc.) will gradually grow out of the water if you let them, but I have limited experience with this. Probably easiest to attach them to the wood just below the water surface, and let them grow on their own. It will probably take a bit of time though. Having a misting system (or regular manual misting) might help, but I'm not sure.
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I have pothos growing just like how you described. Its roots have attached to some floating driftwood and the plant hangs out the back of the tank.
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I have pothos growing just like how you described. Its roots have attached to some floating driftwood and the plant hangs out the back of the tank.
I was gonna say the same. I've got pothos that has put roots in the water that are massive!


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So I thought about this post while doing a WC on my rip today! Here are those Pothos roots.




That is also just two of the roots coming off the vine. In places there is nothing to attach to or no water the roots don't develop past a small nub. This particular plant starts in the HOB has on root down in a riparium planter and then these two roots.


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