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post #1 of 6 Old 02-04-2012, 03:44 AM Thread Starter
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Please ID this plant - I suspect it's not even an aquatic!

I bought this plant from my LFS on the recommendation of the staff, but it is not doind well at all and its stems are woody which makes me suspect it's not actually an aquatic plant. If these pics aren't clear enough for anyone to identify it, I will uproot it later to get a better picture.

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post #2 of 6 Old 02-04-2012, 04:37 AM
Perhaps someone more knowledgeable in plants can help out but perhaps you can have a look at this article and see if anything sets off a red flag.

21 plants to avoid in the aquarium | Features | Practical Fishkeeping
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post #3 of 6 Old 02-04-2012, 09:38 AM
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Yea ya know it sucks when your LFS sells you on something that they really know nothing about. yesterday I bought 3 Gold Ribbon plants and come home and do a search on the internet and find that they are simply nothing more than a potted office plant that will last approximately 2 months or so before dieing and rotting in my tank. I'm bringing them back today.

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post #4 of 6 Old 02-04-2012, 09:44 AM
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I just received this plant in an online order yesterday ! It's a Hygro Corymbosa 'Siamensis'. Also know as Temple Plant, Giant Hygro, etc. It is supposed to be a true aquatic plant. I understand your concern. The leaves look more terrestrial than aquatic. I suspect that they were allowed to grow up out of the water and developed this look.
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post #5 of 6 Old 02-04-2012, 09:50 AM
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I got caught in the Mondo Grass deal. They just look so cool. I'm going to keep them in my goldfish tank until they show signs of deterioration. I've bad them for about 1 1/2 months far, so good.
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post #6 of 6 Old 02-04-2012, 11:43 AM
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This may well be Hygrophila corymbosa "Siamensis" as someone mentioned. Here are a couple photos. This is a true aquatic.
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