Just curious! I've had a mix over the couple of years I've had a planted tank. I am impatient and like the way that stems can quickly fill up an area, the vibrant colours etc, as well as the fact they seem to help with algae. But I always seem to end up getting bored with them and ripping them out eventually. Whereas I feel a sense of achievement watching swords, crypts and anubias slowly develop into gorgeous mature plants (well, unless they melt, outgrow the tank etc). Just wondering how others decide what to go for.