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What is some neat plants that will grow on rocks?

In my store I am setting up a tank for Discus, 120 gal. I built a rock wall in it. Kinda how the inside of a garden pond has a rock wall. Only thing is most of the rocks are pretty smooth. I'm having a difficult time trying to figure out what plants I want in it. I already have a 200 gal. fully planted tank in the front of the store. (Which is beautiful and I am very proud of.) But I want something different. I do not want Java anything in it, or Anubis. I am saving those for another tank.
I guess basically what I am asking is.... is there any neat looking/exotic plants that do not necessarily need to be planted in substrate? A plant that would be content placed in crevasses of the rocks? I have a whistiria that has gone crazy and needs a trimming. I also have tons of Ludwigia. I'm just looking for ideas. Anything will help :]
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Anubias species and Java Fern will grow with their roots out of the substrate.
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One word: Moss
Look up moss walls. they look great
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MOSS! Did not even think of it! Brilliant!
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Look up moss walls. they look great
For a backdrop, if ferns and anubias are out moss would be the definite choice. Don't forget the liverworts such as riccia though.
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I haven't kept it in forever, but I'm fairly sure that bolbitis can be attached to hardscape.
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hygrophila pinnatifida

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I haven't kept it in forever, but I'm fairly sure that bolbitis can be attached to hardscape.
Yeah it can. Have had some anchored to a piece of wood in my 29 for two years. Grew like a weed on wood

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Here's a pic of some Pinnatifida growing on lava stone
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Here's a pic of some Pinnatifida growing on lava stone
You know, I'd never seen it grow like that before, and I've gotta say...damn that looks nice. Does it still grow tall like most stems do when on a rock, requiring trimming, or does it ton its height down?

To the OP, bolbitis is great, so are ferns and moss and anubias. Lagenanhdra is hard to come by, and a monster of a plant, but that grows on driftwood pretty well too.

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As long as the Hygro pinn has ferts, it will grow normally, even if on rocks or wood.
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You know, I'd never seen it grow like that before, and I've gotta say...damn that looks nice. Does it still grow tall like most stems do when on a rock, requiring trimming, or does it ton its height down?
Mine grew like that in the pic. I would just prune the stems right above where the side shoots were. It would grow low like that and drape over rocks, wood etc. Replant the tops or tie them to wood or rocks and you're in business

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