Plant ID & aquascape technique - Tom's tanks

growitnow

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Hello,

I really like the effect created by the mystery plants in two of Tom's tanks below. Similar effect, but they do look like different plants.

Can you help me ID them?

I would guess: Needle leave java fern vs. Narrow Leaf java fern, vs. perhaps giant clusters of narrow leaf crypts?

I also ask a follow up that Tom responded to - on how the height of these plants is created in an aquascape. They (what I have circled in the pics) seem to grow/be arranged in clusters.

Are these bunches (if java fern?) tied to separate pieces of wood to create the variation in height of each cluster? I think the effect is quite beautiful. I would like to try but lack the how-to.

Thanks,
growitnow

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Plants in PIC1 below: Behemoth

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Plants in PIC2 below: Tom's 350gal rescape

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Tom Barr

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They are just narrow leaf java fern, under high light.
Yes, they are attached to various points and they ball out like this.

Take a look at Amano's giant tank, same deal.

Easy to care for.

Regards,
Tom Barr
 

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I've been able to get them to grown in med/low light Excel tanks as well, but they do not grow as large or as closely clumped.

(They seem to typically, for me, get a little bit of black beard algae on the tips of the older leaves.)

I really like the look of them.