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Plants that will attach to driftwood and grow emersed?

Hello All. I'm currently in the process of putting together a 75 gallon build. The tank will be 20" tall and I have some great driftwood that will come out of the tank 15" or more. I'm looking for any plants that will attach and grow on the driftwood just under the water's surface and grow emersed or partially emersed. This is a rimless aquarium so I don't want plants that will brown out without super high humidity. I will be placing some Tillandsia higher up on the driftwood that will get misted every day or so, so that may help. This is a low-tech tank without CO2 and moderate lighting. I'm not doing any other plants except maybe some Anubias or Java fern at the base of the driftwood. Let me know if there are any such plants that exist! I did read through the emersed plant sticky, but most seem to require some type of substrate. The way this tank is setup I don't really have a place to hide any pots. I will be viewable from three sides in a peninsula style.

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Check out Brazilian pennywort. You could loosely attach to the wood and see how it goes. This person put it in a HOB.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/25...pennywort.html

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Hygrophila pinnatifida can be grown on drift-wood and can attach itself to it. This plant can grow emersed without any special care above the surface of the tank.

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Both java fern and anubius are very popular in the vivarium world. They will both grow out of water if provided enough humidity. Anubius in particular tends to grow a lot better emersed. Some java moss would look pretty cool emersed as well, it's exploding in my viv. Just gotta make sure you stay close to 100 percent humidity and mist daily. Good luck!

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Any aquatic mosses, I've also seen dwarf baby tears and hydro japan grown this way. Be mindful of the humidity above the tank, anubias and java fern will want very high humidity or their leaves can dry out. Mosses will just wick moisture up the mass so it will stay damp above water just fine (if based below water initially).

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Thanks for the responses everyone. Those are some good options. I really like the look of the Hygrofila pinnatifida. I'll have to give that a try along with some of the others!

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Just keep in mind that the emersed form looks different from the aquatic.

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I picked some up yesterday! It is the aquatic form, I'll let you all know how it transitions.

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