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Old 03-27-2006, 12:16 AM
 
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Can someone give me a few ideas for plants? I'm looking for some thats a little exotic, but I don't know anything about plants. I saw a picture of a Heliamphora minor, but don't know anything about it or where to get it. The plants will be for a 29 tall with leucs or tincs. Thanks!
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K8baby,

Heliamphora minor is said to be a very difficult plant to grow. I would start with some easy plants if you are not a plant person. Can you tell us a little about the substrate and lighting that you are planning to use? That will help us to give you some good exotic looking choices. Also some of the Dendroboard sponsors that sell plants will be happy to talk to you on the phone about what they have to offer. I can highly recommend Cindy at Vivarium Concepts.
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Instead of keeping more species, why not do more with the species you keep?
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I'll be using peat moss and sphagnum moss over a false bottom with 1 or 2 24" 5000k flourecents. The plants I have in my other two tanks are doing great, but I just want something differnt for my 29 gallon. Thanks for the help!
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Katie,

How about;

Selaginella, a low growing variety for the foreground.

Cryptanthus, there are some short and small ones that would look nice in the foreground as well. They don’t like to be soaking wet unless the substrate is very airy.

Rabbits foot fern as a mid-ground plant. This one can be grown mounted as well depending on how often you mist. It likes moisture but doesn’t like to be wet for long. Watch for scale insects with this one.

Syngonium rayii, this has heart shaped leaves and will add some height to your planting.

Neoregelia, one of the small ones (Vivarium concepts has one called ‘Dartanion’, which is really nice. This plant would be mounted on a branch. You would add some moss/coco fiber around its base depending on how often you mist. It doesn’t like to stay soaking wet.

Rhaphidophora tetrasperma, this one is a sort of split leafed Philodendron. It has large exotic looking leaves. This plant could be used on the background or growing up a branch.

Vanilla, you could substitute this for the above. Both would need to be kept in check.
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