South American (Namely Peruvian) Plants


I need the names of some floating and submerged south american plants. Id especially like some that grow rather tall



Assuming there are no lighting restrictions, there are heaps of options. Can you tell me how many watts of light you have over the tank though & what sort of light it is? EG - 40w CFL or 36w T5HO flourescent.

I don't like recommending plants without knowing that they will be suitable for the equipment a person has over there tank.
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I'm using a 108watt, 48 inch high output (2x 54) T5


Well that's pretty good lighting so there isn't a whole lot that you can't grow. I assume with that amount of light you are using fertilisers & co2? If your not, you should be.

As for the plants, here's a list of plants that I know are from South America, common name, then latin name & then hieght in inches:

Rose Sword, Echinodorus Aschersonianus var 'Rose' (16")
Red Melon Sword, Echinodorus BarthiI (20")
Burhead Sword, Echinodorus BerteroI var 'Lanceolatus' (28")
Broad-Leaved Amazon Sword, Echinodorus Bleheri, (10")
Dwarf Broad-Leaved Sword, Echinodorus BleherI var 'Compacta', (8")
Kleiner Bar, Echinodorus var 'Kleiner Bar', (16")
Ruffle Sword, Echinodorus Martii, (12")
Oriental Sword, Echinodorus var 'Oriental', (12")
Melon Sword, Echinodorus Osiris, (20")
Ozelot Sword, Echinodorus var 'Ozelot', (16")
Broad-Leaf Chain Sword, Echinodorus Quadricostatus, (12")
Rosette Sword, Echinodorus Parviflorus var 'Tropica', (6")
RangerI Sword, Echinodoruse Rigidifolius, (24")
Ruby Red Sword, Echinodorus var 'Rubin', (16")
Uraguayan Sword, Echinodorus Uruguayensis, (24")
Dwarf Sagittaria, Sagittaria Subulata, (12")
Narrow Leaf Sag, Sagittaria Subulata var 'Narrow Leaf', (12")
Anacharis, Egeria Densa, (6ft)
Water Lettuce, Pistia Stratiotes, (2" with 6" dia) FLOATING PLANT
Mayaca, Mayaca Fluviatilis, (12")
Stargrass, Heteranthera Zosterifolia, (40")
Cardinal Temple, Alternanthera Cardinalis, (16")
Green Hedge, Alternanthera Ficoidea var 'Bonita Hedge', (15")
Emerald Hedge, Alternanthera Ficoidea var 'Emerald Hedge', (12")
Amazon Temple, Alternanthera Reineckii, (20")
Alternanthera ReineckiI var 'Roseafolia', (10") Sorry don't know comon name.
Green Cabomba, Cabamba Caroliniana, (78") northern South America to southern North America
Micro Sword, Lilaeopsis Brasiliensis, (4")
Brazilian Pennywort, Hydrocotyle Leucocephala, (8")
Common Pennywort, Hydrocotyle Vulgaris, (16")
Brazilian Watermilfoil, Myriophylum Simulans var 'Brazilian', (16")

These two plants are found in South America but are also found throughout the tropics all over the world:

Water Sprite, Ceratopteris Thalictroides, (24")
Monneywort, Bacopa Monnieri, (20")

I hope there's something on there that helps you out abit. Most of those should be ok given you level of lighting. I strongly urge you to research each plant you are interested in to find out specific needs & care.
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oops haha I been more specific
that is the ligh that is coming
but I like to calculate costs and have my research done before hand so for now all I actually have is the tank (80 gallon bowfront)

what do you mean by fertilisers and co2?


The more intense the light is, the more energy a plant has at it's disposal. To make use of all of that energy, you need to use aquarium plant fertilisers to supply all of the minerals that the plants need & you need to supplement carbon (co2). Carbon is the basic building block that all living things are created from. The trick is to get the correct balance between all three things - light, nutrients & carbon. If there are excesses or deficiency of any one of those things your plants may not grow properly or you may encounter algae problems.

Here's some links to information on planted aquariums that you may find usefull:

There's stacks of information in the articles within those links that should help you understand the basics of keeping a planted aquarium.
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