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Kazzy 12-14-2010 10:53 AM

Probably a Silly Question
 
I've never had a plant fish aquarium, but will be setting one up soon...so here is my oh-so-silly question...I have several plants that are, what's the proper phrase, dry? The aren't aquatic. Mainly, lots pothos vines. My question is can they be acclimated to aquatic life? I know that's probably a no, so I'm also wondering why they can't? Thanks!

Blaxicanlatino 12-14-2010 02:03 PM

I read that whose plants can be poisonous to household pets when eaten (keep lightbulb away!!! X( ) but i heard some people let the roots dip in the water but not fully submereged cause they can rot in tank.

Byron 12-14-2010 06:37 PM

Terrestrial (land) plants differ from aquatic plants in the leaf structure. This is because the leaf has a different function in air than it has in water. Terrestrial plants have much sturdier leaves to accommodate these changes and conserve water, whereas aquatic leaves are usually much less rigid--take the plant out of water and the leaves often collapse. Different nutrients also enter the picture.

Most terrestrial plants will rot if submersed; some last longer than others. Some of the common aquarium plants are actually marsh or bog plants in nature; swords, crypts, anubias, java fern to name a few. These are "programmed" by nature to live both emersed and submersed, and they all adjust to permanent submersed cultivation easily and make good aquarium plants.

Blaxicanlatino is quite correct that some house plants have very toxic sap or milk. I can't comment specifically on the vine you mention as I am not familiar with it. But I would not plant it submerged in an aquarium for all of the above reasons.

By the way, it was not a silly question. Many so-called fish stores sell terrestrial plants as being suitable for aquaria; a few will survive for a time, but most do not. Make sure any plant placed in a fish tank submersed is a proper aquatic plant intended for aquaria.

Byron.

Blaxicanlatino 12-14-2010 06:39 PM

i see mondo grass sold often in pet stores...stay away from mondo grass. it is not a true aquatic plant, it will rot in your tank

Kazzy 12-14-2010 07:26 PM

Thanks both of you!

And yes, pothos are poisonous. Common name is Devil's Ivy. Was just using that as an example. Wouldn't put it into a tank with anything that might nibble on leaves.

Thanks again though. Now I fully understand it. I'll probably order any plants online so as to avoid pet store ignorance.

And don't worry, Lightbulb has absolutely NO access to my plants, for his sake and the plants' lol

Blaxicanlatino 12-15-2010 06:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Kazzy (Post 534768)
Thanks both of you!

And yes, pothos are poisonous. Common name is Devil's Ivy. Was just using that as an example. Wouldn't put it into a tank with anything that might nibble on leaves.

Thanks again though. Now I fully understand it. I'll probably order any plants online so as to avoid pet store ignorance.

And don't worry, Lightbulb has absolutely NO access to my plants, for his sake and the plants' lol

thats good to know :D

Kazzy 12-18-2010 12:32 PM

:)
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