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Re: Stem plants and pruning...
> hornwort. What I need is a stem plant that will grow a decent root
> structure, is a moderate grower (as opposed to three inches per day), and
> most importantly, can be given a straight-across haircut when it gets out of
Well, Hygro is about the most basic stem plant. But it's a quick
My new favorite stem plant is Eusteralis stellata. It gets a nice
red/purple color on the undersides of the leaves and on the stems,
it grows well, gets nice and bushy with trimming.
A good slow growing stem plant I've got is Nomaphila stricta (Giant Hygro).
Cabomba is a nice looking stem plant, but if it doesn't do well, it
makes a big mess all over the tank.
You can see pics of Eusteralis stellata and Giant Hygro on my website.
On the full-tank shot of my 75g tank, the E. stellata is on the right
end. And on the Flora page, there are close-ups.