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post #11 of 16 Old 04-17-2010, 11:43 AM
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In the first photo, the plant on the right is a Cryptocoryne; a true aquatic. But it is fussy and does not like sudden or significant changes in water chemistry. Try not to move it more than absolutely necessary. Crypts tend to "melt" if the water parameters change, or they are uprooted. Melt means the leaves within a day will melt into mush. But just leave it, the roots almost always live, and new leaves will appear. Crypts frequently do this after being acquired, but they almost always recover within a few days, sometimes longer. They are also good plants for shadier areas.

The left plant is probably the Ophiopogon species. If it is the Fountain plant, Ophiopogon japonicus, it could last a long time, it is quite hardy in aquaria.

Photo two does appear to be an Anubias, if that is how it was labeled; a true aquatic plant. But it should be attached to a piece of rock or wood as it grows with a rhizome that must be above the substrate, and the fine hair roots will attach itself in time to objects like rock or wood. If left buried in the gravel it will probably rot. I like to attach these plants to a small rock or piece of wood, then I can move the rock/wood with the plant around if I want to re-arrange things.

The right plants in the third photo are Dracaena species, like the houseplant, not a true aquatic. These can sometimes last underwater for several weeks but will eventually rot. You can leave it there for now, but as soon as you see any sign of deterioration pull it out so it doesn't rot and foul the water.


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post #12 of 16 Old 04-17-2010, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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Right on. Thanks for all of the info. You've been super helpful! I went down to a store here in Boise that only sells freshwater aquarium stuff (including plants), and the guy seemed really knowledgable. I think I'll get my plants there from now on.
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post #13 of 16 Old 04-18-2010, 07:38 AM
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Originally Posted by DanMarion View Post
Bummer. There are two fish-only stores in the city, one of them is freshwater only. They are a bit out of the way, but I guess its worth the gas to actually get what I need, right? :P

Thanks for the input :)
There are some good online stores that will ship aquatic plants to you. I have not used any myself yet since I live where the weather does not permit plants to be shipped during the winter months but here are some links for you:


There are others as well so look around. I imagine they are often the best way to get the plants you want rather than get the plants that the stores have.
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post #14 of 16 Old 04-19-2010, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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I took the Anubias plant out of the substrate like Byron suggested and gently tied it down to a piece of lava rock. The roots of the plant are already starting to wind around the stone and into the crevices! Thanks for the input!
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post #15 of 16 Old 04-19-2010, 05:43 PM
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May I reccomend www.sweetaquatics.com?

You can probably plant your whole tank for the price of 4 or 5 plants at a LFS-and you'll have the plants within a week.

They can also throw in some MTS snails, which will improve the growth of your plants. (by aerating the gravel)

I ordered from them once... and they blew me away. Will never order plants from anywhere else. :)

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post #16 of 16 Old 04-20-2010, 12:40 AM
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+1 on the Sweet Aquatics.I ordered from them(shipped today) and the total cost for 14 plants,4 nerite snails and shipping was $32.13.I called before I made out my order and Mary answered all my quetions about the different plants.I'll definitely order from them again when I plant my next tank.
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