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Old 05-06-2012, 12:53 PM   #1
 
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bamboo stalks in a tank?

does anybody have info on bamboo in an aquarium? does it have same benefits as other plants? does it have any ill side effects? what about light and nutritional needs?
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Old 05-06-2012, 01:08 PM   #2
 
The leaves have to be out of the water or else the plant will rot. Since th leaves are out of the water there is little to no benefit to water quality from this plant. It is pretty much purely for aesthitic purposes.
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Old 05-06-2012, 01:14 PM   #3
 
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The leaves have to be out of the water or else the plant will rot. Since th leaves are out of the water there is little to no benefit to water quality from this plant. It is pretty much purely for aesthitic purposes.
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:18 AM   #4
 
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Since th leaves are out of the water there is little to no benefit to water quality from this plant. It is pretty much purely for aesthitic purposes.
Is this necessarily true? I mean, the roots are still taking in nutrients from the water/substrate. To my knowledge, non-rhizome plants don't actually take in nutrients through their leaves. That's why a nutrient-rich substrate can be important in planted tanks. So I would think it would still benefit water quality...at least as much as similar slow-growing plants.

Now, I'm assuming that we're talking about lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana) here and not actual bamboo...

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Old 05-07-2012, 01:37 AM   #5
 
Ok I suppose thats true.. They would take in nitrates and phosphates and so on, better then nothing. but I think most other plants would probably do a better job of it, even if it had to grow in a bit first.
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:42 PM   #6
 
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From my understanding bamboo will actually take in MORE nutrients than aquarium plants. They will use the ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite faster than a plant under water since there is more CO2 in the air where their leaves are. Obviously lighting would have to be sufficient. I tried this a while ago and it worked really well actually. Never had water quality issues and the plants really seemed to like it in the tank. Their roots spread really far under the gravel. Only thing is you need to really make a mound of gravel around them to hold them up.
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Old 05-07-2012, 02:54 PM   #7
 
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I really want to do a scape with bamboo like this sometime.


I think this set-up uses dead real bamboo stalks, but I would like to try it with live lucky bamboo. :D

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Old 05-07-2012, 03:12 PM   #8
 
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Pet stores usually sell really short lucky bamboo.
Try looking at your local Wal Mart if you have one. They sell individual 16-18"ish stalks individually for about $3 each. Most likely tall enough for your tank right away. Unlike most of that short clipped bamboo I see/own, these have actually grown, mine are about 24" after not even half a year. I had to move them off the shelf they were on because they hit the ceiling. They're in a vase with river rock, and almost never get their water changed.
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