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post #1 of 8 Old 11-28-2012, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
Japanese aquarium plants

Hey guys I'm thinking of doing a small shrimp tank and I'm a total sucker for biotopes. usually finding plants to fit a biotope is not too much of a challenge but I have been unable to find any plants from japan to fit the bill. I'm planning on doing some red crystal shrimp in the tank which hale from japan. Can anyone think of some possibly suitable aquarium plants native to japan?

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post #2 of 8 Old 11-28-2012, 04:49 PM
Marimo balls are probably one of the most obvious ones.

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post #3 of 8 Old 11-28-2012, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
Oh I totally forgot about moss balls. are they any substrate rooted or floating plants that you could think of?
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Marimo balls are probably one of the most obvious ones.

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post #4 of 8 Old 11-28-2012, 07:02 PM
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What about Cardamine lyrata?

Red crystal shrimp were first bred in Japan, but they are just a morph of bee shrimp which are from China.
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post #5 of 8 Old 11-29-2012, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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What about Cardamine lyrata?

Red crystal shrimp were first bred in Japan, but they are just a morph of bee shrimp which are from China.
Wait bee shrimp are from china... So I guess I should be doing a china biotope huh. So are they're any plants indigenous to the area that are available in the aquarium trade?

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post #6 of 8 Old 11-29-2012, 03:50 PM
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Do you want just Chinese/Japanese plants or Asian plants in general? Asian plants are easy to name and find. Finding one to a specific country would be tougher, especially if you eliminate any that require frequent ferts or CO2. Shrimp need low tech tanks. CRS from what I heard require pretty specific parameters.
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post #7 of 8 Old 12-02-2012, 04:44 PM
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Not exclusively Japanese, but weeping moss and flame moss are gorgeous and shrimp like them a lot. Star moss is cool too.
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post #8 of 8 Old 12-03-2012, 10:18 PM
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If yiu want to broaden the area to South-east Asia, then you can use hygrophilas, barclaya, eleocharis, java fern, java moss, and several crypts...
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