Banana Plant - Nymphoides Aquatica

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Prepare to go bananas over the Banana Plant, aka Nymphoides Aquatica! This aquatic dynamo is not your average plant—it's the easy-going superstar that'll thrive in any tank, under any light. Picture this: long stems reaching up with leaves gracefully surfacing like a water ballet, reminiscent of a lily plant.

Stylish Haircut for the Underwater Runway: Want to keep things compact and chic? No problemo. Just channel your inner hairstylist and trim those leaves that dare to touch the surface. It's like giving your Banana Plant a stylish haircut for the underwater runway.

Gentle Push for Fabulousness: Now, here's a crucial tip: don't bury the whole bottom of the plant. That's a big no-no. Instead, just give it a gentle push at the very bottom into the substrate. It's like telling the Banana Plant, "Hey, stay right there and look fabulous." Easy, right?

Aquatic Elegance Without Breaking a Sweat: So, if you're ready to add a touch of aquatic elegance to your tank without breaking a sweat, the Banana Plant is your green ticket to underwater glam. Just remember, a little trim here, a gentle push there, and you'll have a tank that's a true aquatic paradise.


  • True to its name, the Banana Plant boasts clumps of green tubers that resemble miniature bananas growing beneath the substrate. These tubers store nutrients and anchor the plant.
  • From these tubers emerge slender stems bearing heart-shaped, olive-green to reddish leaves. These leaves boast prominent veins and can grow up to 6 inches in diameter in shallow aquariums, where they gracefully reach the water's surface.
  • Unlike many aquatic plants, the Banana Plant produces long, runner-like shoots that ascend towards the surface. These runners eventually sprout additional heart-shaped leaves, resembling lily pads floating atop the water.

Adaptability and Care:

  • The Banana Plant is a beginner-friendly choice, thriving in a wide range of water conditions. It tolerates low to moderate lighting, various temperatures, and even brackish water.
  • It's a slow-growing plant but doesn't require high maintenance. It benefits from moderate to high CO2 levels for optimal growth but can survive without it.
  • Regular fertilizer isn't essential, but root tabs or liquid fertilizer can encourage lusher foliage.


  • The Banana Plant adds a touch of tropical charm to aquariums with its unique "banana" tubers and lily pad-like leaves.
  • Its growth pattern provides hiding places and shade for fish and shrimp.
  • It helps improve water quality by absorbing nitrate and phosphate, reducing the risk of algae growth.
  • The floating lily pads offer a resting spot for fish and contribute to a natural, pond-like aesthetic.

Best Roommates:

  • Amazon Sword (Background)
  • Java Fern (Midground to background)
  • Anubias Barteri (Midground)
  • Vallisneria (Background)
  • Hornwort (Background)


Scientific Name: Nymphoides Aquatica

Care Level: Easy

Lighting Requirement: Low

Co2: Not Needed

Growth Rate: Medium

Origin: Unknown

Tank Placement: Midground-Background


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