Re: NANFA--Marsh/Emergent Plants

Chris Darrow (
Sat, 18 Dec 1999 14:17:36 +0000

Other plants that are good for the marshy plant of tanks include:
Rushes (rushes are round) I found the smallest type I could and then
give it a trim every 2 months or so
Sedges (sedges have edges and are triangular)
Acorus there is a neat mini variegated type called Acorus japonica
Water Clover which is actually a fern but looks like a clover
and even many mosses that you find on the edges of streams and ponds. I
have even used sphagnum moss which doesn't seem to mind if it grows down
nto the water.
One of the great things of growing these plants is that the roots grow
down into the water producing a dense mass which also acts a s a good
hiding place for microorganisms and fry.

I try and set up my bigger display tanks to get some sunlight although I
try and keep them a couple of feet from the window so the sunlight isn't
too intense I think it provides some extra photosynthetic wavelengths
and more importantly it really looks nice with sun shining into the
tank. Obviously this is tricky though cause its easy to get too much
sunlight and then tons of algae growth.

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