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Banana Lillies (Piece Plant)
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Please note: Live Plants cannot be shipped to Western Australia or Tasmania, due to quarantine restrictions. All other states are OK.

Banana lily gets its name from its cluster of thick banana-shaped roots, located close to the leaves near the surface of the water. Banana lily has rounded leaves that have a notch at the base: they resemble small water lily leaves. Banana lily leaves are green above and dull purple below. It has small white five-petalled flowers that arise from below the leaf.

The Banana Lily is an unusual plant to add to your aquarium. You can just drop this in your tank or bury the "bananas" up to 1/4 of their length. This plant will thrive in moderate to strong, bright light. Beginners to experts can grow this plant.

This is a particularly easy plant to grow. It looks great and grows fast. The plants in the picture below are only 10 days from planting in the aquarium. When you purchase the plant it will have little or no foliage. Once the plant has been placed in the aquarium sand it will begin to produce beautiful lily pads in a cluster, as seen in these pictures.

Note in the pictures how to correctly plant banana lilies. The so called "bunch of bananas" should be only partially buried in the sand leaving most of the "bunch" exposed.

Eventually the plant will begin to send long stems to the surface where new surface leaves will form. Removing these stems will extend the life of the foliage at the base of the plant.

The parent plant produces the root formation under the mature lily pads which float at the surface. The stems of the mature pad rot away then the pad with the new plant attached drifts off to find a new home.

What do you need to grow plants?

Successful plant growth requires a balance of light, nutrients, trace elements, and carbon dioxide (CO2). The light should be provided in a spectrum the plants can absorb, must be of great enough intensity to keep the plant alive, and should be consistently on 10-14 hours a day. Most nutrients are supplied by fish waste. Some trace elements might be supplied by your tap water, but are more consistently obtained using commercial trace element mixtures. CO2 is supplied partly from the air and partly by your fish. If your plants have a deficiency of even one of these factors, their growth will be limited. (Don't panic about this; most of us don't need optimal plant growth.) Overabundance of one factor over another may cause problems, such as plant malnourishment, undue algae growth or toxic buildup.

What should I put in my substrate?

Gravel or sand is a good start! Size is an issue; with small grains the roots might not be able to get a good hold and the sand tends to compact, while larger gravel has a tendency to collect pockets of rotting detritus. Most believe the ideal size is 2-3mm gravel, while a few others like 1-2mm coarse sand (though it may be harder to find). The bottom 1/3 of the gravel can be supplemented with a fertilizer, of which popular choices are peat (softens water), laterite (a clay containing iron, usually used with undergravel heating systems), and soil. One word of warning: if you use an undergravel filter, it may suck your fertilizer back into the tank instead of keeping it with the bottom of the gravel.

How deep a substrate?

In general, it's good to match the substrate with the types of plant (or types of roots). For instance big Amazon Sword plants like deep gravel of 10cm, but Lilaeopsis grass can do fine with an inch or less. This can be helped by terracing the back of your tank to be deeper and planting your deep-rooted plants there. You also can't go wrong with a uniform 7cm of gravel all-around.

What kind of plants can I keep with fish X?
What kind of fish can I keep with plant X?

These are essentially the same question, though asking the second one shows you are a serious plant person. You need to match the habits of the fish with the plant. Big cichlids that like to dig should not be kept in a tank with rooted plants, though floating (or ephiphytic) plants are fine. Vegetarian fish should not be kept in a tank with plants they like to eat, unless the plants grow faster than they destroy them! Some algae-eating fish also turn out to be plant-eaters too. In general, try and learn the habits of your fish before you buy them and your plants, and be prepared to find out what works by several trials.

Some fish that can be kept with virtually any plants: small tetras, danios, rasboras, gouramis, discus, bettas, angelfish (Pterophylum), rainbowfish, Corydorus catfish, livebearers, killifish, dwarf cichlids, and in general most small fish.

Can you grow plants with an undergravel filter (UGF)?

Yes! Make sure you have enough gravel for the plants to be happily rooted. It should also work best with a very slow flow rate. Pluses of UGF may be an increased circulation to the roots. However, you will probably get roots growing in the plates, it will be harder to vacuum everything, and will be a major pain to pull and replant.

What temperature do I keep a planted tank?

This varies from plant-to-plant, but you can keep most aquatic plants from 22-27C.

Customer Reviews 34 item(s)

Banana lilies
I bought two of these small plants and they were much larger than the ones in the picture. There was one tiny leaf on each of the lilies, but I had to cut them off. I put them in my tank and not three hours later they each had three small leaves shooting up from underneath. Lovely little plants, and they were packaging great. Great product, will definitely be shopping again.
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Review by Matthew / (Posted on 8/02/2018)
These are unusual can't wait to see what happens
Not sure how these will go or what they will eventually look like but excited. These really are unusual, they have very hard roots and readily sink to the bottom of the tank. Hope my fish don't eat them
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Review by Sharon / (Posted on 24/01/2018)
Growing Fast
I bought one Banana Lilly and it is growing so fast! In fantastic condition when it came, the leaves look stunning! Growing tall and strong, couldn't be happier! Thank you so much!
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Review by Ryan / (Posted on 10/04/2016)
Love it!
A fun plant they grows like crazy. A little over a month and it's already looking fantastic.
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Review by Rebecca / (Posted on 9/12/2015)
I can see why people love them!!
Good bright light green in colour with good strong roots very healthy thankyou .
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Review by jarrod / (Posted on 14/01/2015)
fast plant growers
Fast plant growers which I was quite impressed, they have flourished well. Quite happy as I like lillies so it was my first choice to start my live plants to see whether I could keep plants alive in my tank. With success I started to get more live plants from livefish.
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Review by bee / (Posted on 15/09/2014)
banana lilies
arrived promptly and in good condition
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Review by robyn / (Posted on 25/08/2014)
growing well
It doesn't require highly on environment. Easy to keep.
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Review by Ziyuan / (Posted on 13/07/2014)
An excellent 'little' feature plant
I bought two of these plants and when they first arrived they were very small but my kids (and fish) instantly fell in love with the Banana plants. Now, a month later, they are flourishing. One plant in particular has just taken off with multiple lily pads floating on the surface. Will definitely be ordering some more.
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Review by Anya / (Posted on 18/06/2014)
banana lillies
these have added great interest to the tank and the loaches love to bury themselves under them it is funny to see half a dozen try to fit in a small space. Some of the plants were very small and others quite big. We was happy with the purchase
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Review by Jayne / (Posted on 7/04/2014)
Got 3 - tiny little leaves only but big healthy roots. I give them 2 days on past experience & they will go nuts!. Anchored 1 in the gravel, have one 'trapped' by driftwood & the 3rd just floating in a heavily planted tank
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Review by Carey / (Posted on 28/03/2014)
good plants
both plants I ordered arrived in great condition and have grown fast and well my fish love playing in the roots especially my tetras
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Review by Alishia / (Posted on 9/03/2014)
Great plant for a very reasonable price!
I bought this few days ago, put in my fluval tank and I was worried because 1 leaf was melted. A week later the root growing in to substrate and many new leaves coming out. Really happy! might order this again next time.
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Review by ferryan / (Posted on 4/02/2014)
interesting plant
I brought one of these a month ago from a aquarium shop and paid 3 times the's price! for a little one of these (wish I'd seen this site first). Im in Sth Aust. and put this plant outside in my pond.

It tends to float everywhere in there, sometimes at bottom of pond while other times on the surface. It's looking healthy but hasnt grown at all the the month Ive had it. (I have a new pond so maybe it needs fertiliser).
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Review by taniaaust1 / (Posted on 3/02/2014)
Quick growning
I bought one of these and it was small when I got it but now the lillies have reached the top of my tank and have stretch out the whole length of a 5ft tank. Quick growing :)
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Review by Billie-Jo / (Posted on 21/11/2013)
Very Impressed
I bought three banana lilies and all arrived very healthy and quickly. All three came with one leaf and grow another every second day. I am extremely impressed with my order at LIVEFISH, every single plant I ordered were in top shape and very healthy. Every other plant that I have seen in the dozens of pet shops I've been to don't even come close to the quality as the ones I purchased from LIVEFISH and at least twice the price, usually more. There is no way you could get a better deal, online or in a shop. I recommend LIVEFISH to anyone and everyone wanting quality plants for their aquarium.
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Review by Courtney / (Posted on 24/10/2013)
Great Plant!
I ordered 3 and was impressed with how fast they shot roots and new leaves ( they did come with between 1 and 3 leaves on each.). I haven't owned banana lillies for years and at this price you cannot go wrong! They will grow into beautiful pants! Cannot wait until they reach the top of the tank.
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Review by Brian / (Posted on 10/07/2013)
Crazy fast growers!!
I'm new to the whole aquarium thing so maybe this is normal but one of my banana lily stems grew over 14cms in less than a day!!!! Crazy. Anyways they look great and so far have been nothing but easy - recommended:-)
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Review by Deano / (Posted on 27/06/2013)
Awesome plant!
I thought I'd try these weird little guys out in my first order since they're so cheap. I figured they'd be tiny but they were actually bigger than expected! As in the description, they came with little to no lillies (can't wait for them to sprout!) but the "bananas" were heaps bigger and there were more of them than I expected from the pic which makes them look tiny! Some have around 20 "bananas" and they are about 10cm in length (just the banana part, not including lillies) and about 10cm wide across the whole "bunch".

They add a nice bit of interesting greenery in my foreground, my corydoras have been most intrigued hehe. Thanks LiveFish! Can't wait until my second order arrives next week! :D
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Review by Kristen / (Posted on 30/05/2013)
I have had my lillies for a good month or so now and they are going great! Very hardy and are growing like crazy, they started off very small but now have grown and make a great feature in my tank.
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Review by Emma / (Posted on 28/04/2013)
Interesting, good value piece
The plant arrived very promptly and in good condition. It looks great and already shows some foliage. Very interesting piece to add a bit of flavour to your aquarium and add a great talking point for visitors for a very respectable price!
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Review by Brendan / (Posted on 28/08/2012)
Mine didnt grow
I only bought one but it didnt grow at all and is just going mouldy so i would reconmend buying a few incase some dont grow.
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Review by Rachel / (Posted on 20/06/2012)
Growing great
Great plant brought 6 and all shot leaves right away and looking good
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Review by Timmy / (Posted on 18/02/2012)
Lovely lilies!
These are thriving! Bought three, one arrived without any leaves but now has plenty, the other two had leaves and now have lily pads at the surface of the tank. Love them! We have decent lighting and dose with Flourish regularly.
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Review by Marissa / (Posted on 16/10/2011)
Grows quickly
I received 2 of these 3 days ago. Both arrived with no leaves :( but today both of them have 3 new shoots each!
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Review by Elise / (Posted on 27/08/2011)
Purchased two of these, they were in very good condition but within 3 weeks one has died and gone mouldy. The other one is growing strongly.
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Review by Ian / (Posted on 6/06/2011)
great value
Received my 2 banana lillies today, they are very hardy, are in great condition, both with a couple of leaves.. I cant wait for them to grow in my planted aquarium.. I use great substrate, have good lighting and use flourish excel every couple of days.
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Review by Jenny / (Posted on 10/02/2011)
The ones that I got from livefish did not actually have bananas but thinner, spikier looking things. They quickly grow leaves when they have rooted and then send masses of stalks to the surface to form lilly pads. Once the pads are of a decent size cut the stalk, leave the pad and at the end of the stalk a new banana plant will develop if the lighting and other parameter are to the plants liking. During this whole process the pads block out a lot of light and the mother plant turns ugly very quickly and dies. You can prolong the agony by cutting off the stalks before they reach the surface but this means cutting them off on a daily basis which can become cumbersome.
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Review by chris / (Posted on 6/02/2011)
very nice plant
my banana lily has about 8 leave on the surface and is growing rapidly
in my tank i just use iron rich fertleiser and nutrent pelets
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Review by sean / (Posted on 25/01/2011)
That's a plant and a half
I have two of these in a 6.6 gal. Last week I started adding a small daily dose of liquid CO2 (Flourish Excel). Before they were surviving. Now one of them has two shoots with leave on the surface, with a third growing. The remaining leaves look lovely at the base of the plant. So hardy and so fast-growing.
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Review by Lisa / (Posted on 8/01/2011)
Nice looking, easy plant
Really nice looking plant, after a week or so (in a high tech tank with fertilisation and CO2) it's gone from just the tubers(?) to having 5 leaves one of which is rapidly heading for the surface.

What I really love about this one is the unusual nature, everyone always asks about the 'bananas'.
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Review by timmeh / (Posted on 24/12/2010)
very hardy
a very hardy tank plant, once in ideal conditions grows really well
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Review by Duncan / (Posted on 26/10/2010)
came very small with 1 leaf, but grew very quickly and is now large with many leaves. sinks to the bottom and doesn't need to be buried in my tank, the fish push it around. absolutely great for the small price
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Review by Hugo / (Posted on 26/10/2010)
banana lilles
got 2 of them one came with some foliage and was very green and the other was mainly roots with 1 leaf just emerging they settle in very quickly
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Review by Anthony / (Posted on 29/08/2010)