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bbsr 06-05-2012 01:08 PM

Aquatic plant question
Hi,im newbie to the aquatic plants.Im planning to plant some aquatic plants because it can produce oxygen to my fish and maintain the growth of algae for my fish tank.

My question is how about if I plant some swamp cabbage in the gravel of my fish tank? Will the swamp cabbage die?

Hope to get reply soon. :)

Byron 06-05-2012 04:08 PM

If this is the same as skunk cabbage--and I think it may be--you would not want this in the average aquarium. It is a very large plant, suited to an outdoor pond perhaps. It is a bog plant, which grows in marsh/swamp environments, with the leaves in the air not submersed.

bbsr 06-06-2012 03:27 AM

Thanks for the reply!

How about if I plant some lucky bamboo in the fish tank(the stem planted into the gravel and the leaves do not submerge completely ) ? the other leaves in the water will die?

jennesque 06-10-2012 10:26 PM

From what I've experienced and what I've read about the bamboo, it's hard to keep it alive in the aquarium. I had some lucky bamboo in my tank for like a month or two and it was doing ok, but wasn't growing and something about it didn't really look happy. I moved it to a little vase and put it in my kitchen and it's grown very well since then. I think it will be OK at least for a few months if you get one that is taller than the water. At the very least, it does need to have some of it's leaves above the water surface but I think it would do much better if all of the leaves were above water. I've seen pictures of a few tanks with bamboo growing like crazy out the top of people's tanks, so it can work in an aquarium if it is able to grow out the top. It's really up to you if that's the look you're going for.. I didn't really want a giant plant growing out the back of my tank, but some people love it.

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