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Lilly-pad kind of plant.

Is there a plant available that has a lilly pad kind of leaf but doesnt "float" it's leaves on the surface?

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Sure, if you get a Nymphea bulb or red tiger lotus bulb, you can just clip the leaves short. If you clip off the runners that they send to the surface then they end up staying more compact. It takes a bit of work, but you can eventually convince it to behave.


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Pennywort leaves kinda look like a lily pad.
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Hydrocotyle vulgaris:




I'm growing this plant floating right now, but I think it can be grown in the substrate like Hydrocotyle verticillata:

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Sure, if you get a Nymphea bulb or red tiger lotus bulb, you can just clip the leaves short. If you clip off the runners that they send to the surface then they end up staying more compact. It takes a bit of work, but you can eventually convince it to behave.
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Hydrocotyle vulgaris:




I'm growing this plant floating right now, but I think it can be grown in the substrate like Hydrocotyle verticillata:

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There is also hydrocotyle leucocephala.

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I've got 3 "Banana" plants. One of them acts like the Tiger Lotus.
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i love the pennyworts
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chaz, keep in mind such "lily pad" like plants are good at blocking light to anything trying to grow in their shadow.
because they are so efficient at catching light, they may be the first plant to foster algae growth in your tank.


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not MY tank! i am 100% algae free. i wasnt planning to grow pancake size plants, just want something with some LEAF to it.
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I am planting Hydrocotyle vulgaris too, but as it grows longer, it tends to detach from the gravel. But its leaf looks nice.
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I've had lillies that kept all their leaves 1-4" above the bulb at most. You just have to trim the shoots that are headed for the top before they get above a few inches. Just like the other plants mentioned.

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Nuphar japonica. Leaves usually stay below the water

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