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mrashoo 09-20-2010 07:26 AM

moneyplant as aquatic plant ?
i was just wondering if i can use Moneyplant as an aquatic plant in my tank .. is it possible ?

kitten_penang 09-20-2010 09:42 AM

it semi subnersable the roots will do ok submerged but the leaf should be on top the water

mrashoo 09-20-2010 10:40 AM

ok some other plants that can be used as aquatic plants ?

kitten_penang 09-20-2010 01:10 PM

theres a lot... looks under the plant section and you can choose what you like

Byron 09-20-2010 01:17 PM

Only true aquatic plants or marsh/bog plants that are naturally "programmed" to live submerged partially or totally are suitable in aquaria. Among the latter I am thinking of swords (Echinodorus species), crypts (Cryptocoryne species), Anubias, etc., that in their habitats usually (though not always) live half the year emersed (when they all flower) and half submersed (the rainy or flood season). They adapt to fully-submersed cultivation (as in the aquarium) very well. These mostly produce different types of leaves when grown submersed from emersed, and this is the reason most terrestrial plants will not last submersed.

The structure of the leaf is vastly different; terrestrial plants have heavier, thicker leaves because they must conserve water while allowing respiration (exchange of gases). Aquatic plants have much thinner leaves that generally do not stand up out of water because they lack the strength of structure; their purpose is to allow free assimilation of nutrients from the surrounding water, as well as the exchange of gasses (oxygen/CO2) via water. Their cell structure is quite different.

Most true terrestrial plants will, if attempts are made to grow them submersed, rot completely within a fairly short period.


kitten_penang 09-20-2010 02:36 PM

yeah bryon love swords.. plus it's easy growing

redchigh 09-21-2010 09:29 AM

Bamboo is another plant that does well emersed...

mrashoo 09-22-2010 01:23 AM

lol ... that tank dont seem to have any fish .. its only a planted tank ?

kitten_penang 09-22-2010 05:40 AM

he went dutch on that aquarium lol

redchigh 09-22-2010 09:46 AM

Actually just underestimated the growth, and foolishly put an echinodorus blehiri in it...

Going to sell the swordplant soon, and throw my betta in, with a trio of cories probably.

There are some female guppies in there... Figured it would be easy enough for the fry to hide. :)

I was trying to get the sword to grow emersed and then prune all the submerged leaves off... Didn't work.

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