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Looking for easy to maintain background plant

Iím going to be moving and replanting my 125G high tech tank, and Iím looking for suggestions for easy to maintain background plants. The tank is high lighting, CO2 injected, and EI dosed. For substrate, I use lava rock gravel with a 3Ē cap of BDBS. The background plant I currently have is Crypt Balansae, and while I love the look, the SOBs have been sending runners all over the tank. I trim out at least 6-8 new Crypt Balansae leaves from places that they donít belong every water change.

Iím looking for a plant that is less maintenance than this, and all Iíve found is other crypts or vals (which will do the same thing as my Balansae), or stems (which are usually fast growing and need constant pruning). Can anyone recommend a tall plant that doesnít spread like wildfire, but is also a slow grower? Are Swords low maintenance?

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There's no way... You're injection CO2 and stuff right? Then there no way. Just get some vals. My balansae grows slowly but it depends on tanks, etc, I'm also running CO2 but I've restricted it with rocks, etc.

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I've restricted it with rocks, etc.

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I thought I did too, but then all hell broke loose. I even put a full divider in, like you would put around your garden to keep the grass out. Fast forward a month, and little tiny Crypt leaves were coming up everywhere. Iím way more likely to go to a stem plant and just deal with pruning constantly, as opposed to hunting down and cutting Crypt runners.

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Stems might work. Yeah, you just have to trim the top. Just grow super rare stems dude so if it's too much you can sell to make a profit.

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I have large swords and aponogetons up back of tank which just need some occasional leaf trimming.

Large anubias would do well but I find BBA prone under higher light (/CO2) that I run. Bolbitis and java fern spread out and had same issue with Val spreading.
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aponogeton longiplumulosus or some of the other forms, bulb so stays in its bounds. Maintenance involves snipping the older leaves around the outside edge of crown and pulling old leaf down and out of the cluster of leaves. Plant at least 6-8” from back wall.

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I thought I did too, but then all hell broke loose. I even put a full divider in, like you would put around your garden to keep the grass out. Fast forward a month, and little tiny Crypt leaves were coming up everywhere. Iím way more likely to go to a stem plant and just deal with pruning constantly, as opposed to hunting down and cutting Crypt runners.
My balansae grow pretty quick in my low tech aquarium, I can't imagine them in yours.

Agree with Dave on a bulb plant to help restrict them.

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I know some guys who take sheets of clear plastic and place a strip to section off just the background of the aquarium so they can let their Vals go wild without runners creeping into the mid/foreground. With a lot of plant growth you never see the plastic.
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