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Guppy Plants

Written by Gardner McBride Tuesday, 19 September 2006

Choosing plants for your aquarium is mostly a choice of how to display your guppies in a nat environment. You can mix plastic and real plants or go all real or all plastic for the look and car are trying to achieve. But there are some things you should keep in mind when choosing plants Guppies especially enjoy hiding in floating plants. When they are first born they naturally seek o fact, many breeders will chose a dense mat of plastic plants floating on the surface over a bre stressful on the mother guppy and a way to protect new born guppy fry in a more natural way th traps that are sold. Guppies are not plant destroyers so you can safely use some exotic plants in the guppy tank if y them. For example, guppies are not going to tear out your expensive live Madagascar Lace pla fenestralis) to make room for a nesting site like some cichlids. On the other hand, guppies need some plants in their food and a good quality guppy food will in the most frequent plant listed on the label for guppy food.

The choice between no plants, live plants and plastic plants involves depends on your reason for setting up a like to use live plants when the tank is in a public area where the lights will be on a set schedule that is long en keep green plants happy. In these instances the light should be on at least 10 hours a day. If you are not sure y get enough light use plastic plants. What you will give up in the benefit of natural oxygen and carbon dioxide b will be more than compensated in better appearance and avoiding the possibly harmful effects of plant decay can rob a small tank of oxygen.

If the tank is for breeding purposes most breeders use only floating plants in tanks where fry are expected or no at all.

The choice is yours, but with the few cautions we mention above guppies will flourish with or without plants a as you change their water regularly and use a filter to provide good water quality. www.aquaticplantcentral.com Check out this link for some very exceptional plant layouts

Here is a list of easy plants that I found on the web,has there name a lighting requirements
Compiled by MADMIKE

African fern Bolbitis heudelotti Also Known As: African water fern Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Low Tank Placement: Backdrop

Amazon Frogbit Limnobium laevigatum Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Tank Placement: Floating

Anacharis Egeria densa Also Known As: Elodea Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Low Tank Placement: Not Specific

Anubias barteri 'marble' Anubias barteri 'marble' Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Low Tank Placement: Middle

Anubias barteri v 'ekona' Anubias barteri v 'ekona' Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Low Tank Placement: Backdrop

Anubias barteri v. 'caladiifolia' Anubias barteri v. 'caladiifolia' Difficulty: Easy

Lighting Requirements: Low Tank Placement: Not Specific

Anubias barteri v. 'glabra' Anubias barteri v. 'glabra' Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Low Tank Placement: Middle

Anubias gilletti Anubias gilletti Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Low Tank Placement: Not Specific

Anubias hastifolia Anubias hastifolia Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Low Tank Placement: Backdrop

Anubias heterophylla Anubias heterophylla Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Low Tank Placement: Not Specific

Anubias x. 'Frazeri' Anubias x. 'Frazeri' Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Low Tank Placement: Middle

Aponogeton boivinianus Aponogeton boivinianus Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Tank Placement: Backdrop

Aponogeton crispus Aponogeton crispus Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Tank Placement: Backdrop

Asian Ambulia Limnophila sessiliflora Also Known As: Ambulia Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Low Tank Placement: Backdrop

Bacopa australis Bacopa australis Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Tank Placement: Middle

Blue Pickeral Rush pontederia cordata Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Tank Placement: Not Specific

Bog Bean Menyanthes trifoliata Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium

Tank Placement: Not Specific

| Brazilian pennywort Hydrocotyle leucocephala Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Low Tank Placement: Floating

Broad leaf giant hygro Hygrophila corymbosa v. 'siamensis Broadleaf' Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Low Tank Placement: Middle

Canna Canna americanallis variegata Also Known As: Bengal tiger Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Tank Placement: Not Specific

Clover Marsilea augustifolia Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Tank Placement: Foreground Category: Aquarium Plant

Coffee leaf anubias Anubias barteri v. 'coffeefolia' Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Low Tank Placement: Foreground

Category: Aquarium Plant

Cryptocoryne albida Cryptocoryne albida Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Low Tank Placement: Not Specific Category: Aquarium Plant

Cryptocoryne aponogetifolia Cryptocoryne aponogetifolia Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Low Tank Placement: Backdrop Category: Aquarium Plant

Cryptocoryne beckettii Cryptocoryne beckettii Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Low Tank Placement: Not Specific Category: Aquarium Plant

Cryptocoryne cordata Cryptocoryne cordata Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Low Tank Placement: Not Specific Category: Aquarium Plant

Cryptocoryne fusca Cryptocoryne fusca Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Low Tank Placement: Not Specific Category: Aquarium Plant

Cryptocoryne hudoroi Cryptocoryne hudoroi Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Low Tank Placement: Not Specific Category: Aquarium Plant

Cryptocoryne moehlmannii Cryptocoryne moehlmannii Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Low Tank Placement: Not Specific Category: Aquarium Plant

Cryptocoryne pontederiifolia Cryptocoryne pontederiifolia Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Low Tank Placement: Not Specific Category: Aquarium Plant

Cryptocoryne retrospiralis Cryptocoryne retrospiralis Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Low Tank Placement: Backdrop Category: Aquarium Plant

Cryptocoryne spiralis Cryptocoryne spiralis Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Low Tank Placement: Backdrop Category: Aquarium Plant

Cryptocoryne undulata Cryptocoryne undulata Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Low Tank Placement: Foreground Category: Aquarium Plant

Cryptocoryne usteriana Cryptocoryne usteriana Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Low Tank Placement: Backdrop Category: Aquarium Plant

Cryptocoryne walkeri Cryptocoryne walkeri Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Low Tank Placement: Middle Category: Aquarium Plant

Cryptocoryne willisii Cryptocoryne willisii Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Low Tank Placement: Foreground Category: Aquarium Plant Curled pondweed Potamogeton crispus Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Not Specific Tank Placement: Not Specific Category: Aquatic Pond Plant Duckweed Lemna minor

Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Low Tank Placement: Floating Category: Aquarium and Pond Plant Dwarf Onion Plant Zephyranthes candida Also Known As: Zephyr lily Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Low Tank Placement: Backdrop Category: Aquarium Plant Dwarf Sag Sagittaria subulata Also Known As: Narrow leaf Sag Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Tank Placement: Foreground Category: Aquarium Plant

Fine leaf corymbosa Hygrophila corymbosa v. 'Angustifolia' Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Low Tank Placement: Middle Category: Aquarium Plant Floating Hearts Nymphoides peltata Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Tank Placement: Not Specific Category: Aquatic Pond Plant Four leaf clover Marsilea quadrafolia Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Tank Placement: Backdrop

Category: Aquarium and Pond Plant Giant Hygro Hygrophila corymbosa v. 'Siamensis' Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Low Tank Placement: Middle Category: Aquarium Plant Green Hygro Hygrophila polysperma Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Low Tank Placement: Backdrop Category: Aquarium Plant Greta corymbosa Hygrophila corymbosa v. 'Greta' Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Low Tank Placement: Not Specific Category: Aquarium Plant Guppy grass Najas guadalupensis Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Low Tank Placement: Floating Category: Aquarium Plant Hornwort Ceratophyllum demersum Also Known As: [sp] Hornwart, [err] Coontail Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Low Tank Placement: Floating Category: Aquarium and Pond Plant Hornwort Ceratophyllum submersum Also Known As: [sp] Hornwart, [err] Coontail Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Low Tank Placement: Floating

Category: Aquarium and Pond Plant hydrilla Hydrilla verticillata Also Known As: velvetleaf Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Low Tank Placement: Floating Category: Aquarium Plant Hygrophila corymbosa v. 'Ruffle leaf' Hygrophila corymbosa v. 'Ruffle leaf' Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Low Tank Placement: Middle Category: Aquarium Plant Hygrophila polysperma 'Ceylon' Hygrophila polysperma 'Ceylon' Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Tank Placement: Backdrop Category: Aquarium Plant Indian fern Ceratopteris cornuta Also Known As: Oak leaf water sprite Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Tank Placement: Floating Category: Aquarium Plant Java fern Microsorum pteropus Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Low Tank Placement: Not Specific Category: Aquarium Plant Lace java fern Microsorum pteropus 'Windelv' Difficulty: Easy

Lighting Requirements: Low Tank Placement: Not Specific Category: Aquarium Plant Lesser Bladderwort Utricularia minor Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium High Tank Placement: Floating Category: Aquarium and Pond Plant Lucens Cryptocoryne x willisii "Lucens" Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Low Tank Placement: Middle Category: Aquarium Plant Microsorum pteropus 'Tropica' Microsorum pteropus 'Tropica' Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Low Tank Placement: Not Specific Category: Aquarium Plant Myriophyllum spicatum Myriophyllum spicatum Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Not Specific Tank Placement: Not Specific Category: Aquarium and Pond Plant Myriophyllum verticillatum Myriophyllum verticillatum Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Not Specific Tank Placement: Not Specific Category: Aquatic Pond Plant

Narrow leaf Java fern Microsorum pteropus v. 'narrow leaf' Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Low

Tank Placement: Not Specific Category: Aquarium Plant Narrow leaf nana Anubias barteri v. 'nana narrow leaf' Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Low Tank Placement: Foreground Category: Aquarium Plant Nymphoides sp. 'Taiwan' Nymphoides sp. 'Taiwan' Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Tank Placement: Middle Category: Aquarium Plant Philippine Java Fern Microsorum pteropus 'Philippine' Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Low Tank Placement: Middle Category: Aquarium Plant Potamogeton acutifolius Potamogeton acutifolius Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Not Specific Tank Placement: Not Specific Category: Aquatic Pond Plant Prolific crypt Cryptocoryne affinis Also Known As: Common crypt Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Low Tank Placement: Not Specific Category: Aquarium Plant Red Java fern Microsorum pteropus "red" Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Low

Tank Placement: Not Specific Category: Aquarium Plant Spatterdock Nuphar japonica Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Tank Placement: Foreground Category: Aquarium Plant Stonewort Nitella flexilis Also Known As: Smooth stonewort Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Low Tank Placement: Floating Category: Aquarium Plant Temple plant Hygrophila corymbosa v. 'Stricta' Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Low Tank Placement: Middle Category: Aquarium Plant Water Bamboo Dulichium arundinacium Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium High Tank Placement: Not Specific Category: Aquatic Pond Plant Water Mint Mentha aquatica Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Tank Placement: Not Specific Category: Aquatic Pond Plant Watersprite Ceratopteris thalictroides Also Known As: Sumatra Fern; Oriental water fern, Water sprite

Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Low Tank Placement: Backdrop Category: Aquarium Plant Willow leaf hygro Hygrophila salicifolia Difficulty: Easy Lighting Requirements: Medium Tank Placement: Backdrop Category: Aquarium Plant