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I'm starting up a 55 gallon planted community tank with an expected ph of 6.8-7.0 and about 3.2 watts/gallon. I have an Ecocomplete substrate and will be using CO2. I'm looking for a nice centerpiece plant(s). Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks
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My favorite plants are always swordplants, and IMO your tank would be the perfect size for a sword as a focal point. Echinodorus 'Kleiner Bar' would be one nice option, but there are truly some fantastic options to choose from.





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In my opinion, rosette plants are best for centerpiece. I really like the look of Tiger Lotus. Their really cool.
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Those both look like very nice plants. What do you think of Red Ozelot Sword or for something that seems completely different Madagascar lace plant? But, I've heard that Madagascar lace is very difficult to grow.





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Go for a crypt.. They're pretty cool and reddish.


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I just bought a madagascar lace bulb a week ago... it's sprouting right now and looks kinda ugly. If you can get it to look like in all the pics, then it would be an amazing centerpiece plant.
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My vote is for the red Tiger Lotus, the one I have has finally started to fill in and is gorgeous!

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Thanks for the information about the Madagascar lace plant. In a 55 gallon tank should I only have one centerpiece plant or is there enough room to have more than one focal point?
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Oh, sorry I forgot to mention I do think that Crypt Beckettii in particular is also a very pretty plant.
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I agree with Laura, Sword plants are awesome. There are several hybrids that have nice red coloring. The only problem with swords in general is that most can grow to be quite large eventually, perhaps larger than what you would like, but you can always take it out and start over again when that happens.

Red tiger lotus is a stunning plant as well.


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I don't think I'd recommend any swords or a lotus in a tank as narrow as a 55g.

It's hard to beat the flash of Polygonum sp. 'Sao Paulo' as a centerpiece. For example:
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In the right conditions, the Madagascar lace plant will grow quickly, flower and then become dormant. Mine did this and all the leaves died off. I left in the tank, with no leaves for about 6 weeks and now it is shooting off new leaves. The difficulty is because some do not pull out of the dormant state or maybe people pull it thinking it died. Its a very appealing plant when the leaves are large, but doesn't look well when there are no leaves or they are in state of dieing off.

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