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post #1 of 15 Old 04-27-2010, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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so it starts

Finally got some plants in my 5 gallon. I got the plants from petsmart, they are the ones that are in a tubes. I got 4" kyoto grass(like this one the most so far), umbrella plants, and finally a Peacock fern(not a big fan) I plan on getting a lot more of the grass and maybe something a bit taller.

I know the water is clouded, all the sand hasnt settled yet.
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post #2 of 15 Old 04-27-2010, 12:36 PM
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Before you buy more of these, please note than some of them are not true aquatic plants.

The Fountain grass if it is Ophiopogon japonicus or O. japonicus var. kyoto, will usually do OK permanently submerged. However, you can get true aquatic plants that will definitely do OK submerged and look almost identical. Sagittaria subulata I'm thinking of, you can see it in the photos of my 90g flooded Amazon forest tank, the taller grass-like plant on the left.

The fern-looking plant I suspect is not aquatic. Do you by any chance have the name? And the name of the other plant too? I may have more suggestions when I know the names.

Stores like the chain frequently sell terrestrial or amphibious plants as aquatic. One has to know the plants. If not true aquatic, they will usually last for a time under water, then quickly rot and create problems.

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post #3 of 15 Old 04-27-2010, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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on the "bottle" they came in(should have figure it out there) the names are Ophiopogon Japonica, the short grass/ Spathiphyllum Wallisii, the wide leaf plant/ Selaginella wildenowii, the fern. They are all from Top Fin.

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on the "bottle" they came in(should have figure it out there) the names are Ophiopogon Japonica, the short grass/ Spathiphyllum Wallisii, the wide leaf plant/ Selaginella wildenowii, the fern. They are all from Top Fin.
Exactly what I suspected from the photos. The grass, I was certain of, so previous advice holds. The dark-leaf plant I thought looked like the Peace Lily (you can buy these as houseplants, they do very well in shade) Spathiphyllum wallisii, comes from Columbia, will often be fine submerged (according to Hiscock) but keep an eye on it. The other fern plant I know nothing about except that it is similar to true ferns. It would probably be best with roots in water but leaves in air, as in a terrarium. Keep a very close eye on this one.

True aquatic plants are better bets long-term. Some are in our profiles, Sweet Aquatics is a recommended retailo site online that will have photos.

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post #5 of 15 Old 04-27-2010, 01:19 PM
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The best bet with a chain store is to go to sweetaquatics.com, and find 10 or so plants that you like.

Then take the list to a manager of the store and ask if they can order any of them for you. (They'll probably be able to get half of the ones you pick out) and expect to pay 5-6 dollars each.

Personally, I just order from sweetaquatics, but I have asked my local lfs chain superstore to order things in the past- just because its not in the tank doesn't mean they can't get it.

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post #6 of 15 Old 04-27-2010, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the info. Ill be keeping an eye on what I already have and will be ordering from that site from now on

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post #7 of 15 Old 04-27-2010, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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Looks like that site is sold out of Sagittaria right now

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I have purchased numerous times from www.aquariumplants.com and have been very happy with their product and service. I see that they have sagittaria in stock.

http://www.aquariumplants.com/Sagittaria_s/30.htm

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post #9 of 15 Old 04-27-2010, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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awsome thanks aunt kymmie

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Welcome, as always!

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