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What stem plants grow like weed in your tank

I have a medium light high tech tank and tried a number of stem plants, all rated easy to very easy. So far, the only stem that grows like weed for me is hygrophila polysperma sunset. I tried rotala rotundifolia, Ludwigian repens, mermaid weed, limophilia aromatica, and a few other species of the said genus, and none grow fast, often developed weak root and bare lower stems. Whatís your experience.
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Hygrophila polysperma 'ceylon' is the fastest growing stem I have kept, found it to be quicker than the sunset.
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Aromatica, Wallichii, Ambulia, Macrandra and Pantanal
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Fastest I've ever had was Stargrass. I swear you could see it growing.
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I use hygrophilla difformis as a nutrient sponge. Ludwigia Repens always grew very fast for me as well. You sure about the intensity of your lighting? Lower leaves falling off can be a sign of too low of lighting.


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Any myriophyllum in my tanks, 1.5" - 2" of growth per day under the right conditions.

Nothing is as fast at regrowing than those darn weeds I'm plucking off my fishing lures however.
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Once they took off they all did. That is why I no longer grow stem plants (except a few pieces of Hygrophilla in my 100g). I got sick of trimming. So much work.


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This is exactly what I was going to say! When things are going good, even the 'slow' growers can only last a couple of weeks before hitting the top!
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This is exactly what I was going to say! When things are going good, even the 'slow' growers can only last a couple of weeks before hitting the top!
That's why I love using co2 even for the "low-light" plants. They actually can grow pretty fast. Faster growth usually means less algae, which many times plagues that group.
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I believe you, as you have Dutch style with PAR in the 100s. I only have medium light with PAR in the 50s, so the experience is different.

My epiphytes and rosettes: Java fern, anubias, bolbitis, crptocoryn, sword are thriving, but most stems are just hanging on. ADA Nature aquariums are mostly in the 50s PAR range similar to mine, and no wonder very few stems are used.

Im sure there are more vigorous stems available for medium light and want to hear your experience.
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I believe you, as you have Dutch style with PAR in the 100s. I only have medium light with PAR in the 50s, so the experience is different.

My epiphytes and rosettes: Java fern, anubias, bolbitis, crptocoryn, sword are thriving, but most stems are just hanging on. ADA Nature aquariums are mostly in the 50s PAR range similar to mine, and no wonder very few stems are used.

Im sure there are more vigorous stems available for medium light and want to hear your experience.

Some stems grow faster than others of course. The vast majority would actually grow fine with 50 par. Ive done it to my own amazement. Might be smaller and less colorful, and not grow so fast, but health-wise most plants will live and grow just fine with that.
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ADA Nature aquariums are mostly in the 50s PAR range similar to mine, and no wonder very few stems are used.
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Won't agree with you there. ADA setups run a pretty wide range from Iwagumi to stem dominated scapes. The lights are usually lowered or raised depending on what the setup is.


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In my low tech tanks, the only stem plant I can think of that grows consistently well is dwarf ambulia and crypt spiralis ( is that even a stem plant?)
Stems just dont do good for me w/o Co2. Thats why stick with java ferns, crypts, swords, anubias, etc...
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