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Here are a few representative pictures of the plants from my tanks, circa 1999

Cryptocoryne crispatula var. balansae (left); Echinodorus horemanii 'red' (right). Both in 75g (150L) 19" (48cm) tall tank. This variety of horemanii (aka E. uruguayensis) always has the ruby red leaves in this tank. It is also somewhat smaller than typically seen. Probably because of low nitrates. No added NO3- or PO4=. Nitrates for this tank come exclusively from the very few fish, minimal fish food and bi-weekly 30% water changes. Raleigh water has 1 ppm N. Minimal macro nutrients appear to be sufficient for this plant as long as the old leaves don't deteriorate. Perhaps because of its large root stock.

Photos: Neil Frank (Copyright, 1999)

2 E. horemanii filling 1/2 of a 75 gallon tank
Photo: Neil Frank
(Copyright, 1999)

"Veronica" sword (developed in Ukraine), a cross between E. barthii and E. horemanii
Photo: Neil Frank
(Copyright, 1999)

"Jade" sword , also known as green horemanii
Photo: Neil Frank
(Copyright, 1999)

Echinodorus quadricostatus. Photo: Neil Frank (Copyright, 1999)

The red stem plants are Ammania senegalensis, Riccia is in the foreground

Photo: Neil Frank (Copyright, 1999)

"Normal" E. tenellus is pictured above . "Micro" E. tenellus in the picture below. The appearance of both of these plants are quite variable. While regular tenellus has leaves ~3m wide, micro is ~1mm. Depending on lighting and water chemistry, 'regular' E. tenellus ranges from ~10-25+cm in height. Photo: Neil Frank (Copyright, 1999)

"Micro" tenellus is in the left foreground of this picture. The height of the leaf varies with light, water chemistry and plant density and ranges from ~3cm to 10 cm. With 2+ watts/gallon, the micro gets reddish. I am currently growing mine with 1-2 w/g.

Photo: Neil Frank (Copyright, 1999)

This is the same exact "micro" leaf tenellus growing with a 20 watt fluorescent over a 30 gallon (120L) tank. The plants are ~4 inches (10 cm) tall. The water depth is 10 inches (25 cm). This plant used to be called Echinodorus tenellus var. tenellus. Now all E. tenellus are lumped together. Photo: Neil Frank (Copyright, 1999)

Below is Rotala macrandra as a background behind the chain swords. This beautiful red plant can be grown with relatively low light. In this soft water 70 gallon tank, I only use two four foot 40watt bulbs. The substrate has peat. This plant seems to like organic matter in the bottom.(Photo: Neil Frank, Copyright, 1999)

Hemianthus micranthemoides is the delicate stem plant on the left (center) with vertical stems; Hemianthus sp. on the right which has a looser growth pattern. Takashi Amano calls this one "pearl grass." Rotala wallichii is in the center, starting at the middle of the picture extending to the top. On the bottom are Microsorium var. "Windelov" on the left and Riccia fluitans on the bottom center.(Copyright, 1999)

A closer view of "pearl grass" (Hemianthus sp.)(Photo: Neil Frank: Copyright, 1999)

As I figure out how to do this, I will display more pictures from my tanks in the future!!

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