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Butterflyy 05-04-2007 10:26 AM

What is this plants name?
My boyfriend brought some plant home, and said it was a "banana plant". Thats just what it looks like, the bottom of it looks like a bunch of green bananas, and then there are a few leaves on top.

The other day it started sending up shoots, there are 4 in there now, they grow so fast all the way to the top of the tank (20 long) in less than a day! Then once it hits the top of the water a leaf opens.

I just wanted to make sure this plant was safe for the aquarium. I have 2 cories in it, 1 beta, 2 black mollies and 2 baby fry black mollies, 2 blood fin, 2 tetras.

My boyfriend used to have aquariums for a hobby before he met me. He "thinks" he knows alot about them, but after doing alot of research he has been very very wrong about alot of stuff lol. I don't want to hurt his feelings, but we lost alot of fish before I started reading up on stuff, and I just like to double check on things.

Thanks in advance!

willow 05-04-2007 01:42 PM

just had a look around and i found this.......
Nymphoides : family genlianaceae.
don't completly bury the Rhizomes(the banana looking things)
known in the horticultural world as "Fairy water lilly"
HTH a bit.

fish_4_all 05-04-2007 02:51 PM

It is completely normal and happens a lot with banana plants. Watch the "bananas" because they will start to deteriorate and rot if the fish don;t pick at them and eat them. The best I have found they will not grow back unless grown in a muddy, mucky type substrate. Keep them going and if you have room at the top let the tops open, they will sometimes flower and if you get 3-4 of them you culd try to pollonate them and get seeds or offspring. The tops will aslo sometimes produce what looks like roots and a small bulb type structure. If it does, then wait until it has gotten to good dime size with lots of roots and you should be able to plant it with the roots and start a new plant.

I will see if I can find the site that had a ton of information about them and post it for you.

I sent the site to you via pm but this one would also be useful for those that like this plant and want to grow it.

Butterflyy 05-05-2007 10:22 AM

Thank you both for the response, and fish_4_all for the pm! That is indeed the plant I have in the tank, it is doing lovely. The shoots it sent up have opened into the lily pad looking thing, so I will try to see if I can get another plant going from one of those eventually.

I just wanted to make sure it wasn't something poisonus or anything, the boyfriend has the "eh whatever" just throw it in the tank and see what happens attitude lol.

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