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jmelissa82 05-09-2008 02:28 AM

Have any of you used the lucky bamboo in ur tanks? I've heard both good and bad things, but not really from a reliable source. Was hoping to get everyones input???

Lupin 05-09-2008 05:23 AM

I'm not putting that plant in my tanks even if partially submerged. They just look out of the league for proper FW setups.

teh13371 05-09-2008 09:13 AM

I had it but the plant died in about 2 months. I would not recommend it, but in some tanks they are quite beautiful and worth the trouble. Overall, i do not like the plant, not very lucky for me!

okiemavis 05-09-2008 05:49 PM

I've heard a lot of things about lucky bamboo being grown in fertilizer that is toxic to fish, so that would be my #1 concern. If you're absolutely, completely positive that it is fertilizer free, you can give it a try. It is not a fully aquatic plant, so it will die eventually, but it's pretty hardy and may last a while.

If you're looking for a plant to *grow* in your tank however, this is not the one.

jmelissa82 05-09-2008 06:21 PM

Ok thanks everybody!!

tophat665 05-10-2008 10:13 PM

If you have a fairly deep substrate, and on open topped tank, you can let it grow out the top of the tank and it will last quite a bit longer.

iam_koi 05-15-2008 03:29 PM

Are you referring to the "fortune plant" at the other thread?

okiemavis 05-15-2008 05:22 PM

Yep- over here it's called "lucky bamboo", but it's all the same. It works great when it's emersed, but submerged it will just dissolve.

Cody 05-15-2008 07:19 PM

Mine was not labled as "lucky bamboo", but I think it is. I know it wasnt used in ferts. I have had it in my tank since January, and it has been growing bigger and sprouting off new shoots ever since I put it in. I guess I got "lucky."

hpt84 05-15-2008 08:33 PM

Lucky bamboo is not a truely aquatic plant. The roots need to be submerse, but that is about it. You could try buying the really long stem one, so that some of the leaves are emersed.

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