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Old 08-11-2013, 02:00 PM   #21
 
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As requested... Please be gentle... >.>

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Old 08-11-2013, 04:51 PM   #22
 
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Hey Cricket! I just stumbled onto your thread - at the right moment for PICS! ^.^
I love how you set up this tank, it really looks nice. The different colors of sand and the path is super cute - like a little underwater garden - I can just imagine an Apple snail taking a cruise down the middle. . .

Looking at some of those pretty greens in there, I think you might have some plants mixed in that are not true aquatics. I'm not so good at plant ID, but the ones that I recognize are the same ones that I brought home the first time I put plants in my tank - Dracaena sanderiana, is the one that I ended up with I think it was marked with the common name of Dragon plant. There are a lot of variants for sale, some are more green, some less - but I'm pretty sure you have some of these:


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These are best suited for use in a terrarium setup, they'll live underwater for a few months, but usually will start to die if they don't get time to dry off. Mine went from tank to vase, and finally made it to a pot in my backyard. I think almost all of us have been taken in with this when we first started, and some of us have managed to keep them alive for longer than others, but keep a close eye on them, you'll probably have to replace them sooner rather than later (which is sad, because they look super good in there)

There's a couple other plants that are really pretty, but I don't recognize - do you know what all you have in your setup?

I'm so sorry to be the bearer of bad news! But the tank really does look nice - you did a fantastic job with it! It's just. . . adorable! ^.^

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Old 08-11-2013, 06:17 PM   #23
 
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Hey Cricket! I just stumbled onto your thread - at the right moment for PICS! ^.^
I love how you set up this tank, it really looks nice. The different colors of sand and the path is super cute - like a little underwater garden - I can just imagine an Apple snail taking a cruise down the middle. . .

Looking at some of those pretty greens in there, I think you might have some plants mixed in that are not true aquatics. I'm not so good at plant ID, but the ones that I recognize are the same ones that I brought home the first time I put plants in my tank - Dracaena sanderiana, is the one that I ended up with I think it was marked with the common name of Dragon plant. There are a lot of variants for sale, some are more green, some less - but I'm pretty sure you have some of these:


*thanks Google for random image*

These are best suited for use in a terrarium setup, they'll live underwater for a few months, but usually will start to die if they don't get time to dry off. Mine went from tank to vase, and finally made it to a pot in my backyard. I think almost all of us have been taken in with this when we first started, and some of us have managed to keep them alive for longer than others, but keep a close eye on them, you'll probably have to replace them sooner rather than later (which is sad, because they look super good in there)

There's a couple other plants that are really pretty, but I don't recognize - do you know what all you have in your setup?

I'm so sorry to be the bearer of bad news! But the tank really does look nice - you did a fantastic job with it! It's just. . . adorable! ^.^

Hi Chesh :)

Thanks so much for all your kind complements. I love the tank. This is my first planted tank and I'm hoping that it works out ok. I got the idea for the pathway from another tank that I saw a picture of. Love how it turned out. :)

The plant you've posted a pic of is not the same as I have in the tank, thankfully. It's more like a grassy plant than a stalk type plant. I did almost get some of the ones you've posted, but chose not to in the end. I've been assured by the shop that I got them from that these are all aquatic plants... If they're not and they die, then I suppose I'll have learned a couple of lessons hehe. (1. Don't buy those again, and 2. don't trust what the guy at the fish shop tells me. >.o) I did keep a list of the plants that I got, but I can't remember the names of them off the top of my head, and I can't find the list now... I know, really helpful, right? As soon as I find it, I will post a list if you like.

Thanks again, and I'm so glad you like it. When I post the list up, please let me know if any of them I have are not aquatic and I'll see what I can do to get them out of there in into a more suitable setting. Thanks for the info and again, I'm really glad you like it! :)

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Old 08-11-2013, 06:18 PM   #24
 
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This is the same plant that got me too! I believe the common name I got under was White ribbon plant. As Jes said it isn't a true aquatic plant and will unfortunately die after while underwater. I do love how it looks and it is a shame it won't live under water. The first two plants in the right front, what are they?? They also don't look like aquatic plants. I love how this tank looks and I am sure you put tons of work into it but unfortunately I don't know if some of the plants will grow being they aren't meant to underwater. I am sorry to have to say this as I also hate being the bearer of bad news.
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Old 08-11-2013, 06:21 PM   #25
 
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Ohh you posted when I was typing. Those really look like a variant of the White ribbon plant to me. Hopefully they won't be and they live and flourish for you!
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Old 08-11-2013, 07:58 PM   #26
 
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Thanks so much. Hopefully we'll see if things work out with the plants. If they don't, I'll at least know better next time! I will let you know what the plants are if I can find my list again! :) Thanks again! C
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