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hotshotdevil32 11-28-2012 04:46 PM

Japanese aquarium plants
 
Hey guys I'm thinking of doing a small shrimp tank and I'm a total sucker for biotopes. usually finding plants to fit a biotope is not too much of a challenge but I have been unable to find any plants from japan to fit the bill. I'm planning on doing some red crystal shrimp in the tank which hale from japan. Can anyone think of some possibly suitable aquarium plants native to japan?

Mikaila31 11-28-2012 04:49 PM

Marimo balls are probably one of the most obvious ones.

hotshotdevil32 11-28-2012 04:52 PM

Oh I totally forgot about moss balls. are they any substrate rooted or floating plants that you could think of? :-D
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Originally Posted by Mikaila31 (Post 1329722)
Marimo balls are probably one of the most obvious ones.


BWG 11-28-2012 07:02 PM

What about Cardamine lyrata?

Red crystal shrimp were first bred in Japan, but they are just a morph of bee shrimp which are from China.

hotshotdevil32 11-29-2012 03:18 PM

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Originally Posted by blackwaterguy (Post 1329911)
What about Cardamine lyrata?

Red crystal shrimp were first bred in Japan, but they are just a morph of bee shrimp which are from China.

Wait bee shrimp are from china... So I guess I should be doing a china biotope huh. So are they're any plants indigenous to the area that are available in the aquarium trade?

BWG 11-29-2012 03:50 PM

Do you want just Chinese/Japanese plants or Asian plants in general? Asian plants are easy to name and find. Finding one to a specific country would be tougher, especially if you eliminate any that require frequent ferts or CO2. Shrimp need low tech tanks. CRS from what I heard require pretty specific parameters.

babystarz 12-02-2012 04:44 PM

Not exclusively Japanese, but weeping moss and flame moss are gorgeous and shrimp like them a lot. Star moss is cool too.

redchigh 12-03-2012 10:18 PM

If yiu want to broaden the area to South-east Asia, then you can use hygrophilas, barclaya, eleocharis, java fern, java moss, and several crypts...
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