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Re: Banana plants &...
My experience with these plants is that a lot of them never establish in
my tanks, but those that do are exteremley vigorous. They do best for me
with an enriched substrate, moderate to bright light. My water is
moderately hard and alkaline.
The plants that have 3-5 floating leaves routinely produce plantlets from
the stem just below the point of insertion to the leaf. Once these have
developed a bit the mature leaf with the plantlet can be cut free of the
parent plant and handled just as you would a vivaporous waterlily- pin or
weight the leaf/platlet to a pot just below the water surface and lower
slowly as it develops. These offsets have higher survival rates than
freshly purchased stock for me (adaptation?). I too love the effect of
seeing the underside of the pads at the water surface- definitely the
best looking part of the plant, but don't expect much other than small
crypts to survive the shade of those floating pads.
Good cover plant for tanks that might otherwise be FO, although my
puffers do occassionally bite through the stems (in their way?).