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Riparian plants without substrate?

This might be a dumb question but can plants like peace lilies and cypress umbrella sedge live with their roots in the water bet without substrate? Would the roots rot somehow? I got tired of how horrible the planters looked so I attached some of the large stems onto the glass of the aquarium and it seems to be doing fine. Would they die?
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My peace lillies grow in lava rock or expandable clays. That's pretty much without substrate.
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They can live without substrate. When first transitioning from soil to water they may be a little root loss depending on species (i notice my arrowhead lost a lot of roots but grew them back).

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I've accidentally rooted Butterfly Bush starts in my tank. Had them sitting in the tank until I could use them for an art project, and lo and behold, I accidentally some trees.

Coleus roots crazy fast in tank (3 days), same with prayer plant. I'm rooting a Rose of Sharon in a (non-planted) vase, and it's started growing roots within a week. In a tank, with lots of oxygen and circulating water, I'm guessing it'd root even faster. Pretty much anything you can root in water can adapt to riparium life

The only reason I can't keep most plants in a riparium setting is because they grow too fast and get too big!
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Coleus roots crazy fast in tank (3 days), same with prayer plant. I
Coleus? Do you put the roots in water? Do you have some pictures? I have one in a pot outside. Wonder if I could get some to grow in my tanks.

Not all prayer plants seem to do well with roots in water as I experienced. And I am not alone. Do you have a picture of the one you hare having success?


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Coleus? Cut off a stem (1-4" works), remove whatever leaves will be underwater (leave at least 1 pair of leaves) then run. I've grown cuttings in yogurt cups of tap water dozens of times. Only had 1 or 2 not grow. It takes longer outside of a tank, usually a couple weeks before they're rooted and ready to transplant into dirt. Probably the single easiest terrestrial plant to grow from a cutting. Great way to save favorites over the winter.

Here's the one I had in my rip. Exploded with growth after I removed the marselia and hydrocotyle. It also grew enough that I had to divide it into 3 plants to get it out of the rip planter. Which I had to do because it decided to shade half of my tank and clog the filter output. Tank was ugly then, so no pics of it. All the prayer plants are now living in a pot on my dining table

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Thanks kehy. I will try the Coleus right tomorrow. Looks like the type of prayer you have is the one that's troublesome to me.

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Experiment on it's way. cut off 4 pieces and placed one in 4 different tanks. Should be interesting because quite a few plants growing out of my 75 Gal are doing so so.


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