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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 06-25-2007, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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Fastest and slowest growing plants

While some stem plants seem to grow inches a day, for maximum biomass production in my tank the winner is - Monoselenium tenerum, aka Pellia.

Interestingly, the plant that grows the slowest (haven't noticed any growth in months, but it doesn't die either) is Mini Pellia.

Which are the extremes in your tank?


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Lagarosiphon madagascariensis
fast growing plant in my tank right now.... its a weed a preetty one too

the slowest i have to say its my blvxa since my lights arent good enough

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Yeah, L.m. is high up there on the list, but biomass-wise, I think Pellia beats it.


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Heteranthera zosterifolia (star grass) is my fastest.
Hygrophila difformis is my slowest. I've never been able to grow that stuff, don't know why.


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Hygrophila difformis and bacopa monnieri are my fastest. Tonina "Manaus" is my slowest.
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Any Hygro for me grows UNCONTROLLABLY and tends to dominate.

Any Sword will grow really fast for me.

But the winner for fastest ever in my tank goes to duckweed.....

Slowest for me was any groundcover I tried.

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fastest-hygro polysperma

slowest-marbled wrinkle leaf anubis


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Slowest: Mini pellia (I feel your pain Wasserpest)

Fastest: Limnophila sessiflora or Hygrophila sp. "Tiger". Sessiflora will increase in length faster, but the Hygro seems to grow everywhere in all directions.

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Fastest: Pellia and Riccia

Slowest: Lace fern and coffeefolia


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fastest-hygro polysperma

slowest-marbled wrinkle leaf anubis
agree with you on the Hygro, this stuff grows like crazy, I can easily get 5 new plants from a cutting in a week.
It can also reach the water surface in a few days.
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Cool If anyone got extra hygro or you wanna trade plants.
My Hygro is slow i want a forest of them

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well back before my luck crapped out on me, brazilian pennywort and sunset hygro were tied for the fastest in the tank. It got to the point where i was actually almost getting annoyed by them.

the slowest....probably java fern and my micro babies tears.

the most annoying is that bladderwort stuff. Havent keyed it out for species yet but good lord it out grows the bits of algae in the tank its almost bad enough for me to do a reset and carefully try to eliminate it from the tank. Its the fresh water version of aptasia anemones, once you got it its there.

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Fastest: HM

Slowest: Needle-leaf java fern (looks the same as when I put it in there 3 months ago)

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I guess I am still a beginner but I have has very good success with ludwiga repens. I think I may have spelled it wrong correct me if I am wrong. I have to trim it every week. I think I am ready to try something a little bit more complicated. Sorry to hijack the thread but if anybody has any good suggestions please let me know!!
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Fastest: HM

Slowest: Needle-leaf java fern (looks the same as when I put it in there 3 months ago)
Java fern likes CO2 and good water flow for fast growth. Before I had CO2, mine would just sit there, growing painfully slow. I put them in a high light heavy CO2 heavy flow tank, and they are now weeds.

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