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Old 04-28-2010, 05:27 PM
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I have 5 P. Vittatus in a 40gal horizontal tank and they are all happy and healthy. The tank though is lacking a plant or too, i think anyway and think I need some broad leaf plants. My problem though (obviously) is that I dont have a huge amount of height to work with. Any plant suggestions? must be broad leafed and not tall at all

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post some pics of the viv if you can.
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Maranta.

It will grow tall but you can cut it back with some great ease and it will still look good.
Mine grows across the ground if it doesnt have something to grow up
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I'm in the market for some broad and low plants too. Must be more than Maranta out there?
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Asarum splendens? Europaeum?

Also require it to be Medium-High light as it'll be in the top third of the enclosure.
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How about some Anubias or Cryptocorynes from a local fish store? Both are capable of being grown terrestrially. Anubias has the added bonus that it is super strong, too, and can stand up to heavy-bodied frogs and it is a low-light plant.

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I have many Anubias lower down but they'll not stand up to the light levels at the top of the tank. I'm looking for broad-leafed plants to contrast with them. Don't mind a trailing/climbing kind but not one that's too aggressive.
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Also require it to be Medium-High light as it'll be in the top third of the enclosure.
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Also require it to be Medium-High light as it'll be in the top third of the enclosure.
I do hope you find what you're looking for, but keep in mind that your two criteria -- large broad leaves, and tolerant of high light -- are in conflict, especially when you're implicitly limiting the search to terrarium-tolerant plants.

Plants with large broad leaves are such typically because they've adapted to low light environments (rainforest floor); plants that can access and tolerate higher light levels can afford to have smaller leaves, since they don't need as much surface area to collect light.

All that said, many plants will acclimate to higher light. Often, the old low-light-adapted leaves don't make it, but the new growth will be more tolerant of the new lighting conditions.

If you post a pic and show us where these plants are supposed to be, maybe someone will come up with some more ideas.
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I'm looking to replace the ones highlighted with a 'lower' form. They're growing too high and I fear they will facilitate escapes when feeding.
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That helps.

If you can move your lighting more to the front of the viv, the light tolerance of the replacement plants is less relevant.

I have a plant that I would try there. It was given to me NOID, but I think it is Monocostus:
https://www.glassboxtropicals.com/Mo...-p/monouni.htm

Not sure how much light it would tolerate, but it is the right shape/habit for those spots, I think.
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Thanks so far, that's kind of what I'm looking for (mid/dark, glossy leaves). I'm thinking, however, that I might be better off with a climber which I can trail (nail!) across the background until the Ficus Quercifolia catches up.

Is there a mid/dark, small-leaved variety of scindapsus?
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Monolenas have broader leaves, and can also tolerate moderate to high light levels (in my experience). They're also easy to use epiphytically. It helps if you can start them from seed in the place you plan to put them, but placing a mature plant is possible, too.
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I'm looking for broad-leafed plants to contrast with them. Don't mind a trailing/climbing kind but not one that's too aggressive.
Take a look at Hoya carnosa. It's a vine, but far from a rampaging monster. It has thick, waxy, almost succulent leaves. They aren't especially large but they tend to be held horizontally and I find there are few other terrarium-tolerant plants that resemble them. Hence they make a nice contrast to, well, almost anything else you've likely got growing.

This plant is easy to mount on e.g. cork mosaic backgrounds. Just use the temporary-toothpick method. It'll put out adventitious roots and grab hold firmly, at which point you can pull the toothpicks (or just let them rot and fall off to decompose on the substrate). I like to mount my Hoya running horizontally, and then train the (slowly) running growing tip wherever it needs to go. Or if there's enough coverage already, I either loop it back on itself (thereby multiplying the leaf density along the length of horizontal Hoya-plane) or just head it back (snip snip).

The old species form has dark green leaves but there's also a variegated cultivar. In low light - gloom, even - the variegation disappears and you're back to simple dark green. But this plant can handle some pretty bright artificial light too. In one of my XX-large Exos I've let this plant grow all over the background, just to see what it can handle. Its terrarium-conditions niche is very broad. I have found it more tolerant of moisture than advertised. That said, I run my tanks drier than most froggers, and I let some of my cork-mosaic backgrounds - or rather, some zones of those backgrounds - run quite dry, especially in winter (this plant, like many houseplants, enjoys a drier cooler winter "rest," along with a warm humid growing season).

Anyway - there's one for you. Good hunting, good luck!
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