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post #1 of 9 Old 01-25-2013, 06:29 AM Thread Starter
what kind of plants are these?

this was my old 20 gallon. i had got these plants without knowing how to take care of them.these plants are from about 2 yrs ago. the ones on the right are like a weird tall grass of some sort which did grow rather well. the one on the left i really liked but it didnt do to well with poor care haha. its got white edges and a very thick stem. i got them at petco and have no clue what they are but id like to get them again an try them in my planted tank. any help would be awesome! sorry for the crap picture but thats all i got.
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post #2 of 9 Old 01-25-2013, 11:52 AM
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The left plant (green/white leaves) is a Dracanea, a terrestrial plant, not a true aquatic. Hiscock says it sometimes will live for months submersed (under water). If you've had this for two years, it has lasted well. If it begins to die/rot, pull it out.

The plant on the right is probably a species of Acorus, sometimes commonly called Japanese Rush. Hiscock says this plant will survive up to a year fully submersed. Again, you're lucky. Older leaves should be removed if they begin to deteriorate.

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A replacement for the "japanese rush" could be the Giant Vallisneria . It's similar in shape but tends to flow with the water movement more.

The other leafy thing, perhaps the Amazon Sword could be a leafy substitute. Both are reasonably easy to grow... if you keep terrestrial plants alive submersed for so long then these should be a breeze.

Replacements for the two rear plants could be stems of dwarf Hygrophila .

Check out the profiles, in the tropical fish profiles there is a plant section, there's a good selection of plants with pictures and descriptions.

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post #4 of 9 Old 01-26-2013, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
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The left plant (green/white leaves) is a Dracanea, a terrestrial plant, not a true aquatic. Hiscock says it sometimes will live for months submersed (under water). If you've had this for two years, it has lasted well. If it begins to die/rot, pull it out.

The plant on the right is probably a species of Acorus, sometimes commonly called Japanese Rush. Hiscock says this plant will survive up to a year fully submersed. Again, you're lucky. Older leaves should be removed if they begin to deteriorate.

Byron.
oooohh makes sense why they didnt live long. i only had the plants for a couple months. the dracanea started turning yellow after 3 months and the other one acorus i had to remove cuz my pleco kept up rooting them. now i know better then to buy plants from petco or at least i need to learn more first hahaha.. this was my old tank jdm before my 55g. right when i got back in to the hobby. i kind of miss that tank. it didnt look to bad for having fake plants an overstocked. hmmmmm.... maybe i need another one thanks for the help bryon an jdm yall are always very helpful and knowledgeable! i appreciate all the help greatly!
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oooohh makes sense why they didnt live long. i only had the plants for a couple months. the dracanea started turning yellow after 3 months and the other one acorus i had to remove cuz my pleco kept up rooting them. now i know better then to buy plants from petco or at least i need to learn more first hahaha.. this was my old tank jdm before my 55g. right when i got back in to the hobby. i kind of miss that tank. it didnt look to bad for having fake plants an overstocked. hmmmmm.... maybe i need another one thanks for the help bryon an jdm yall are always very helpful and knowledgeable! i appreciate all the help greatly!
I had assumed they were still alive, guess I misunderstood your original wording. No matter, they have behaved as one would expect.

As Jeff suggested, check our plant profiles. Lots to choose from, though some may be hard to find locally.

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I always check the tag/stick on the plant. It should say "true aquatic" as well as provide care requirements.
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Lots to choose from, though some may be hard to find locally.
Yah, varies city by city.

I've been wanting amazon frogbit since I started our aquarium only to find out today that it is banned from being imported in Ottawa.

So I opted for duckweed today out of necessity. The LFS is very low on plants in general but typically doesn't stock any floaters.... other than duckweed.

Sometimes the bylaw is import of, sale of, owning of... it is worth checking why. My daughter just asked about getting rid of excess duckweed when it starts to multiply (I think it already started). I had to explain that if it wasn't already in the water system that it could take over in very short order due to not being a natural food or have any natural parasites that keep it in check.

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I've been wanting amazon frogbit since I started our aquarium only to find out today that it is banned from being imported in Ottawa.
If you read our profile of this plant, Amazon Frogbit, you will understand why Ottawa has banned it.

It, or related species, are banned in many parts of North America--thanks to Ottawa.

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post #9 of 9 Old 01-26-2013, 06:42 PM
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I did but didn't pay too close attention to the last paragraph.

It would have been introduced at some point, recorded or not, as most people never think of this when disposing of plants and animals that they have grown tired of.

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