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Interest in stem plants

Hey guys. So I've never seen the allure to stem plants. I mainly love my ferns and mosses but just recently I believe something has sparked my interest in them. I jut hope it's not a spark that starts a wildfire >.< anyway, what are y'all's favorite stem plants and what to you recommend to me. It's not until recently that I've introduced something other than green into my aquarium. I got some red tiger lotus so I'm open to a wide range of colors


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I'm the complete opposite, I have no desire for anything BUT stem plants. Here's my list:

Ludwigia repens x arcuata
Ludwigia arcuata
Lymnophilia aromatica
Rotala colorata
Bacopa sp. Japan
Staurogyne repens

That's all in a 20H. I love Staurogyne as a foreground and the ludwigias grow very well for me. There are tons of other options out there though and I'm sure others will respond with some other great stems. What's your lighting by the way? co2? Ferts? That will dictate in many ways what will do well for you.
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Well. I've got a coralife dual t5ho fixture total of 48 watts. Occasional DIY co2. Flora max substrate with seachem tabs. I also have a nutrafin plant grow liquid fert that I dose with what's left in my syringe after I dose my higher tech tank. After a conversation with hoppy(a lighting guru from what I understand) I believe I've got low light according to a par reading on coralife lights. I think I'll upgrade by getting a Catalina fixture as well. This will give me medium light with the option of high light ( both fixtures functioning)


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I'm the complete opposite, I have no desire for anything BUT stem plants. Here's my list:

Ludwigia repens x arcuata
Ludwigia arcuata
Lymnophilia aromatica
Rotala colorata
Bacopa sp. Japan
Staurogyne repens

That's all in a 20H. I love Staurogyne as a foreground and the ludwigias grow very well for me. There are tons of other options out there though and I'm sure others will respond with some other great stems. What's your lighting by the way? co2? Ferts? That will dictate in many ways what will do well for you.
Pictures by any chance?


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If its a hygrophilia, you will probably love it. Be it corymbosa, polysperma, even pinnatifidia.

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I generally like small leaf stem plants. Some of my favourites are
Didiplis diandra
Ludwigia brevipes
Hemianthus micranthemoides ( as a bush)
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I'm a fan of sunset hygro and ludwigia red. myrio mattogrossense is nice as well. though I must say blyxa japonica is one of my favorites, even though it isn't a stem plant (i think)


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I'm a fan of sunset hygro and ludwigia red. myrio mattogrossense is nice as well. though I must say blyxa japonica is one of my favorites, even though it isn't a stem plant (i think)
Blyxa japonica is indeed a stem plant, believe it or not.

Personally, i really like different Persicaria species. Some cool ones to try would be P. 'sao paulo', P. 'kawagoeanum', P. hydropiperoides, P. 'porto velho', P. praetermissum 'ruby', and P. odorata. Out of them all, i'd have to say that 'sao paulo' and odorata are my favorites. The first one gets very, VERY pink under good conditions, and the odorata has a unique leaf/stem structure really unlike any of the other species that i've seen.
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Blyxa japonica is indeed a stem plant, believe it or not.

Personally, i really like different Persicaria species. Some cool ones to try would be P. 'sao paulo', P. 'kawagoeanum', P. hydropiperoides, P. 'porto velho', P. praetermissum 'ruby', and P. odorata. Out of them all, i'd have to say that 'sao paulo' and odorata are my favorites. The first one gets very, VERY pink under good conditions, and the odorata has a unique leaf/stem structure really unlike any of the other species that i've seen.
Really? Wow that is awesome! Yeah I have tons of blyxa in my tanks and I love the look. It does well in my low tech but having a little bit of an issue in my high tech tank...


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There's too many stem plants with long confusing names


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Personally I love Eichhornia Diversifolia and Pogostemon Erectus back when I had stem plants





I'm now with crypts, moss, ferns, anubias and MQ now that I'm in my junior year of highschool and won't have time for maintenance now, even more so in college. Apart from feeding my fish, I can pretty much leave it as it is for a few months.


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Personally I love Eichhornia Diversifolia and Pogostemon Erectus back when I had stem plants





I'm now with crypts, moss, ferns, anubias and MQ now that I'm in my junior year of highschool and won't have time for maintenance now, even more so in college. Apart from feeding my fish, I can pretty much leave it as it is for a few months.


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I absolutly love Pogostemon Erectus! Its amazing if you have about 8 - 10 stems in a bunch as your focus point

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i love all plants. stems are pretty high up on my list though
my fav is slightly to the right center in the back.
ludwigia glandulosa
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I absolutly love Pogostemon Erectus! Its amazing if you have about 8 - 10 stems in a bunch as your focus point


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I fell in love with Rotalla macrandra years ago and it's still my fav plant. Stems also give you a great variety - soo many to chose from and each with it's own character, and that's just one part of the enjoyment you can get from this hobby

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