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tran2255 09-16-2008 11:30 PM

Newbie with walmart bulbs
Do those Aponogetons bulbs from wal-mart actually work? I never thought about planting my tank, but when I saw how cheap those bulbs were, I decided to give it a shot. I placed it under the gravel and waited for the 3-4 week period as said on the package. Needless to say, nothing happened. So did I get ripped off or is there something I did wrong? I just want to know if they actually sprout.

onefish2fish 09-16-2008 11:52 PM

your better off just throwing them in the tank until they open up and then plant them.. ive tried 3 packages of these before. the out of the 2 packs of aponogetons ive have only 2 of them "sprout" but i must say they are doing fantastic and 1 is growing a baby plant. out of the 1 pack of lilies ive tried ive had no luck.

i think the bulbs are all in a "dormant state" so i really think its a hit or a miss.

your prob. better off going to an actual fish store and picking up a plant or two. ( be warned! they sell plants not meant for underwater, so do your homework!! )

anarchis, java moss, java fern ( attach to driftwood ) are some examples of hardy,low light, easy to keep plants but there are more.

if you get a few plants and the conditions are right in a few months they will either grow off-spring or can manually be propogated, so a few plants in time can fill a tank fairly nicely for not as much money as you think. again do your research and goodluck!

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