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Post by guppyguy on Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:13 pm

So I have found I am really liking the banana plant. Seen it many times but only 3 weeks ago bought my first 2 plants. Both arrived with only 1 small leaf each and have grown to 4 to 5 leaves each and some large ones. And the one plant is sending up its first lily leaf to the surface. Will post pics of it after it opens. It shot this stock up very quickly grew about 4 inches yesterday and 6 inches today and is just about at the surface. Beautiful plant over looked by many.

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Re: Banana Plant (Nymphoides aquatica)

Post by KristaLynn on Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:31 pm

Is it a high needs plant?
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Re: Banana Plant (Nymphoides aquatica)

Post by guppyguy on Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:03 pm

@KristaLynn wrote:Is it a high needs plant?

No it don't need much as all. Beginner plant for sure. the more light you give it the faster it grows. Its a hardy plant.

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Re: Banana Plant (Nymphoides aquatica)

Post by Mr. Mom on Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:56 pm

Looks good
Been contemplating them for awhile, seeing how yours is doing I might just pick up some next time I come across them.

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Post by guppyguy on Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:21 pm

@Mr. Mom wrote:Looks good
Been contemplating them for awhile, seeing how yours is doing I might just pick up some next time I come across them.

awesome idea. There really nice

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Re: Banana Plant (Nymphoides aquatica)

Post by KristaLynn on Fri Feb 21, 2014 12:37 pm

Are these related to tiger lotus?  It seems smiliar.  I do have one of those currently in my plant tank that's finally taking off nicely and sending up those floating leaves.
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Post by CAAIndie on Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:11 pm

Wow what a shot. Haha. That's a lot of fish. Beautiful colour under the plant.
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Post by guppyguy on Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:12 pm

@KristaLynn wrote:Are these related to tiger lotus?  It seems smiliar.  I do have one of those currently in my plant tank that's finally taking off nicely and sending up those floating leaves.

No there a different species tiger lotus but both lily plants.  Very Happy 

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Post by guppyguy on Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:13 pm

CanadaAquariaAdmin wrote:Wow what a shot. Haha. That's a lot of fish. Beautiful colour under the plant.

Thank You. I was also surprised and pleased with this picture.  Smile 

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Re: Banana Plant (Nymphoides aquatica)

Post by The PlantGuy on Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:37 pm

Looks great!...you're doing something right....Nice to see what they can actually turn out to be...I get them when they're very small and don't do a heck of a lot in my tanks...John

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Post by guppyguy on Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:55 pm

@The PlantGuy wrote:Looks great!...you're doing something right....Nice to see what they can actually turn out to be...I get them when they're very small and don't do a heck of a lot in my tanks...John

Thank you. And just think John I only got these plants from you 3 weeks ago. In high light and c02 this plants grows amazing fast. And a lot bigger than I expected. Some of the base leaves are getting huge and continuing to grow. I have no idea how big these 2 plants will end up getting. But I am more than happy with them.  Cool 

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Re: Banana Plant (Nymphoides aquatica)

Post by The PlantGuy on Tue Feb 25, 2014 8:13 am

Heres' the group of them just to give an idea of what they look like to start....Some leaves are dark like a red tiger lotus..not sure why that happens..


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Re: Banana Plant (Nymphoides aquatica)

Post by guppyguy on Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:46 am

Mine also came with a few dark leaves and those leave never grew much, but all the new leaves were bright green with red specks here and there and got huge.

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Re: Banana Plant (Nymphoides aquatica)

Post by Fishguy85 on Wed Feb 26, 2014 2:06 pm

I have one growing in my 10 gallon I am using the aqueon Modular Led strips and it seems to be doing fine its a little slow growing new leaves.

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Re: Banana Plant (Nymphoides aquatica)

Post by Sbenson11 on Wed Feb 26, 2014 4:12 pm

I don't know much about aquatic plants but I'm going to throw out a guess based on what I do know about plants in general.

I think the red leaves developed under higher light conditions. Some of the tropical plants that we grow with variegated leaves will turn completely or at least partially green under lower light.

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Re: Banana Plant (Nymphoides aquatica)

Post by guppyguy on Wed Feb 26, 2014 5:40 pm

@Sbenson11 wrote:I don't know much about aquatic plants but I'm going to throw out a guess based on what I do know about plants in general.

I think the red leaves developed under higher light conditions. Some of the tropical plants that we grow with variegated leaves will turn completely or at least partially green under lower light.

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Dark red or pinkish colored leaves usually do develop under high light conditions, so you are very right there. But I am not sure with the banana plant as i have mine in very high light and the leaves are growing large, but are green only with red specks here and there. More research into this plant need to be done so we can find the reasoning behind the dark leaves.  Smile

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Re: Banana Plant (Nymphoides aquatica)

Post by Mr. Mom on Sat Mar 01, 2014 4:53 pm

@guppyguy wrote:
@Sbenson11 wrote:I don't know much about aquatic plants but I'm going to throw out a guess based on what I do know about plants in general.

I think the red leaves developed under higher light conditions. Some of the tropical plants that we grow with variegated leaves will turn completely or at least partially green under lower light.

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Dark red or pinkish colored leaves usually do develop under high light conditions, so you are very right there. But I am not sure with the banana plant as i have mine in very high light and the leaves are growing large, but are green only with red specks here and there. More research into this plant need to be done so we can find the reasoning behind the dark leaves.  Smile

Was just gonna post that I picked up some of these Banana Plants today ... when I read this. Picked up 3 Banana Plants and was thinking which tanks to put them in (4 different light set-ups), so now you've really got me thinking on this "red leaves thing" ... guess I'll put one in the 55G with the T5, another one in the 29G with a 6700k T8, then try to fit the last one in the 30G with the Fluval LED.

Your guy's conversation has got me wondering now.

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Re: Banana Plant (Nymphoides aquatica)

Post by guppyguy on Sat Mar 01, 2014 6:15 pm

@Mr. Mom wrote:
@guppyguy wrote:
@Sbenson11 wrote:I don't know much about aquatic plants but I'm going to throw out a guess based on what I do know about plants in general.

I think the red leaves developed under higher light conditions. Some of the tropical plants that we grow with variegated leaves will turn completely or at least partially green under lower light.

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Dark red or pinkish colored leaves usually do develop under high light conditions, so you are very right there. But I am not sure with the banana plant as i have mine in very high light and the leaves are growing large, but are green only with red specks here and there. More research into this plant need to be done so we can find the reasoning behind the dark leaves.  Smile

Was just gonna post that I picked up some of these Banana Plants today ... when I read this.  Picked up 3 Banana Plants and was thinking which tanks to put them in (4 different light set-ups), so now you've really got me thinking on this "red leaves thing" ... guess I'll put one in the 55G with the T5, another one in the 29G with a 6700k T8, then try to fit the last one in the 30G with the Fluval LED.

Your guy's conversation has got me wondering now.

Let me know the results under each type of lighting. Mine are under two 23 watt CFL bulbs in a 10 gallon tank so very high light. And doing extremely well.

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Re: Banana Plant (Nymphoides aquatica)

Post by guppyguy on Sat Mar 01, 2014 7:54 pm

Alright I did my research and here what I found out. The leaves are green above and dull purple below in high light, and light green to yellow both below and above in low light conditions.  Cool 

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Re: Banana Plant (Nymphoides aquatica)

Post by l_l_l on Wed Mar 26, 2014 11:09 pm

Man! I NEED This plant.
I've been eyeing it for a while now.
Yonk.

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Re: Banana Plant (Nymphoides aquatica)

Post by Mr. Mom on Tue May 06, 2014 10:18 pm

Maybe I'm doing something wrong, as this plants has presented itself some challenges for me. Of the 3 Banana plants I'd gotten, only one seems to be growing.
The one in the 55G with the T5, looks the worst. But this didn't surprise me
The one with the T8 6700k, hasn't grown and hasn't died .... but no leaves. This is the one that puzzles me.
Meanwhile the one in 30G with the Fluval LED 5200k, is growing. It at first lost its leaves but now has 3 leaves, unfortunately there's no room for it in this tank ... pretty cramped between 2 swords.


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Post by guppyguy on Tue May 06, 2014 10:32 pm

@Mr. Mom wrote:Maybe I'm doing something wrong, as this plants has presented itself some challenges for me. Of the 3 Banana plants I'd gotten, only one seems to be growing.
The one in the 55G with the T5, looks the worst. But this didn't surprise me
The one with the T8 6700k, hasn't grown and hasn't died .... but no leaves. This is the one that puzzles me.
Meanwhile the one in 30G with the Fluval LED 5200k, is growing. It at first lost its leaves but now has 3 leaves, unfortunately there's no room for it in this tank ... pretty cramped between 2 swords.


I found to get mine to not only grow but get very large, they needed still water, intense light, and c02. Mine did drop leaves from time to time but they always came back.

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Re: Banana Plant (Nymphoides aquatica)

Post by Mr. Mom on Tue May 06, 2014 10:55 pm

Thanks guppyguy ... it all makes sense now.  All my tanks are over filtered ... therefore high current. But my 30G is so heavily planted that this Banana Plant has found a nice calm area between the two Swords.
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Post by guppyguy on Tue May 06, 2014 11:05 pm

@Mr. Mom wrote:Thanks guppyguy ... it all makes sense now.  All my tanks are over filtered ... therefore high current. But my 30G is so heavily planted that this Banana Plant has found a nice calm area between the two Swords.
Thanks for the info.

No problem glad I could help.

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