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Growing swords/ java fern marginally

I have a 55 watt PC over my 15 gallon long, and that is nearly 4 watts per gallon, but the intensity is rather high.

However, this tank is for my firebellied toads, so any aquatic plant would only be partially submerged, the water depth is no higher than three inches at deepest, but slowly slopes so the gravel is just flooded. I probably will not need CO2 like I would if they were fully submerged, but how to I acclimate them so their stems/ leaves do not wilt? I used to grow ludwigia outside in a pond and it would wilt, but it eventually would grow leaves that were suitable above water.

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Many plants that are used in aquagardends are bog plants, and have both emersed and submersed growth. Many swords (including the common Amazon) can be grown emersed. As for the java, I've only read anecdotes, and there was much disagreement. I, myself, am not aware that javas produce emersed growth. The submersed leaves seem sturdy and rigid, like emersed growth, yet they quickly wilt if they are exposed to air.

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I am growing java fern emersed quite easily. You must spray plant and make sure it does not dry out.
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Do you have that tank sealed up well, with a glass top? As soon as leaves are exposed in my open-air tank, they wilt down to the water line.

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I have grown them emersed. The only issue is humidity. Seeing as you will have a decent water level, you should be ok...especially since you will likely have teh tank sealed. Periodic misting is always apreciated by the plants but no required.


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seal the tank tight
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So, all the leaves of echinodorus will not need to be kept in very high humidity (slowly lowering it)? I DO notice even with terestrials going from high moisture to low will make them wilt, so perhaps I can lay the sword plant still in its pot on its side to get used to things, then plant in the gravel with only about 2" of its crown exposed?

Those tall swords would be excellent backdrops in my paludarium, didn't want them to burn from the 55 watt PC.

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I can tell you from experience that just allowing the ferns to grow out of the water, without anything to help keep the humidity up or the plants moist, and with the ferns near the heat of your lights, they will just wilt and die.

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Is CO2 really necessary then? (wouldn't think so) What about fertilizers?

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