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post #1 of 18 Old 06-03-2013, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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Plants that will grow out of the water into an emersed state?

I'm looking to move my newts to my old 28gal. The water will be about 6-7" deep.. I'm hoping to have some plants growing up out of the water.. Not sure if the plants to be potted or not, but I'm looking for plants that will be able to grow up and out of the water and thrive.. Possibly a sword or something? I don't want anything too tall either.. But I'm fine with pruning plants to keep them to size if needed.

Any suggestions? I've been trying to find some.. Would bacopa work?

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post #2 of 18 Old 06-03-2013, 09:21 PM
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Many of the plants sold at petsmart are just what you are looking for. They aren't true aquatic plants - their leaves need to be out of the water. That's what I hear - I know next to nothing about plants.

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I did look at what Petsmart had, but honestly most of what they had was aquatic (wisteria, swords, java fern, anubias)... They had a few labelled semi aquatic. Umbrella plant, some sort of fern.. And some mondo grass! I think I will pick up some of that. I know I don't want bamboo.. Though I've heard purple bamboo would work well emersed.
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Semi aquatic is what you would want, I would think. I've heard the plants in the tubes are the ones that are not true aquatic.


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post #5 of 18 Old 06-03-2013, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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Some of them are, but they do sell all of the full aquatic plants I mentioned as well. They just used to label all of them as aquatic plants.. And not all of them are, like the fern and umbrella plant, so they got a bad rap. I've purchased a few Anubias from the tubes and they were fine.. Bought some wisteria too which was healthy. Of course, I also bought bamboo and fully submerged it per Petsmarts recommendation. :P that's in a little vase next to my kitchen sink now lol.

I looked them up online and I do also remember seeing the ribbon plant.. That may work. Umbrella plant can get like 6' tall so I probably wont bother with that.. I wonder how the fern grows.. I've never had luck with any ferns before (terrestrial of course). Good suggestion though.. That's certainly an easy place to find them! Thank you! :)
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Swords and anubias are both semi-aquatic riparian plants. I would not be surprised if the other two are as well. More aquarium plants are riparian then truly aquatic. You will see some stress from suddenly changing their growing environment but most all will bounce back fine. Usually emersed and submersed growth is different in appearance.

Brazilian pennywort is a fun emersed plant as it very easily send out small flowers. Wild forget me nots have also done very well in paludariums for me in the past.

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Yes Bacopa would work and it has pretty little white flowers when grown emersed. I have Bacopa in my fish tank and love it

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I also bought bamboo and fully submerged it per Petsmarts recommendation. :P that's in a little vase next to my kitchen sink now lol.
I did the exact same thing just not with bamboo. I too now have a nice little emersed plant by my kitchen window.

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There are two ways of doing this; one is with plants that are rooted in the water that send shoots/leaves out of the water, and plants that are rooted in the "land" area rather than the water.

As Mikaila noted, most of our "aquarium plants" are bog plants that grow emersed or submersed. These are all identified in the plant profiles. Many of these would be rooted in the "land" which would be permanently wet. Some will send leaves above the surface if rooted in the water.

I've had good luck with common house-type ferns, in a turtle tank. The ferns were planted in the gravel that was piled up at one end so it was permanently wet, with just the top surface out of water. The ferns grew beautifully. I'm sure there are other similar land plants that could work this way too.

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I won't have a land area though.. But I could use a planter that is tall enough to keep most of the plant out if needed. I've got a 3D background that provides the newts a small area of land, plus plant some dwarf lotus in the front because they can actually get on the floating leaves. These are tiny, 99% aquatic newts, so there won't be a built up land area.

Right now I've got a sword that I'm pretty sure was grown emersed so I'm probably going to try planting it in the substrate and I guess just keep it misted.. I also have some brazilian pennywort which I know will grow emersed, just not very tall. I also have alternathera which I know can be grown emersed.. Will this naturally grow up and out of the water, or should this be planted to where it's only got an inch or so under water? I've noticed it's got very sturdy stems even when grown underwater so I'm hoping it'll grow out.

I think I've seen bacopa growing a few inches up and out of a tank and then flowering.. Is that right? I'm going to keep this in my room, so if there are flowers that'd be awesome.

I will look for forget me nots.. I love those. I've also heard an iris can be grown with the roots submerged. Some ferns would look pretty too.. The background has a sort of tree stump look to it, I kind of want to make this look like the edge of a creek. Though I don't want to make this a biotope so I don't care where the plants are from lol. Although, my newts are local so it probably wouldn't be too hard to make a biotope... Just not as pretty.
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Yes Bacopa would work and it has pretty little white flowers when grown emersed. I have Bacopa in my fish tank and love it



I did the exact same thing just not with bamboo. I too now have a nice little emersed plant by my kitchen window.



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I had a tank with a light fixture (round clip on reflector type) setting on 1/4 inch plastic square egg crate. A few months later I noticed one fixture was "dimmer" than the others so started replacing the bulb there. The balcopa had grown not only out of the water but completely filled in the reflector blocking the light from the bulb.
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With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

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