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DTHunter123 02-07-2011 10:22 AM

what type of plants do I have?
I have an orange fish (called Miss fish) and a blue guppie in a 10 gallon tank that use to be down stairs. I have move the tank up to my bedroom now and the noise off the air pump would of kept me wake all night so I got some plants from the pet shot but the guy didn't know what they were. I have some air tablets just in case I need them and the air pump still but I would really like to know what type of plants I have and if possible what type of fish Miss fish is.

Hope I did the pictures right they were the best I could do with my phone.

Blaxicanlatino 02-07-2011 11:05 AM

Welcome to the forum ^^

The top one looks like red temple while the one on the bottom looks like red cabomba. They both need high light in order to thrive. Byron made 2 great articles on these plants. Heres a link...
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redchigh 02-08-2011 03:44 PM

I would say the top one is emersed growth of ludwigea repens- a nice plant.

The second is probably Prosperinica Pectinata. I have no experiance with that one.

The fish appears to be a slightly sick platy.

One guppy and one platy should be fine in a 10 gallon without any airstone, but plants are always nice.

jeaninel 02-09-2011 07:40 PM

Miss Fish looks like a female swordtail to me.

DTHunter123 02-11-2011 02:06 PM

I think miss fish is a swordtail from the pic I have seen on the net. The plants seem to be sending out roots I'll add some more pics of the top plant again as it looks strange with all the white spikes (roots I think) growing down to the gravel.

and thanks for all the help (an with miss fish).

DTHunter123 02-15-2011 12:38 AM

sorry is taken so long I got side tracked. How do you prune these plants? I was thinking of just cutting the tops off to keep them small but don't want to kill them.

Plumkin 02-15-2011 03:12 AM

those little pots sure are cute o.o i want them

redchigh 02-17-2011 06:02 PM

Actually, you're going to want to remove them from the pots and plant the stems individually. (Otherwise the bottoms won't get enough light.)

Those are some pretty plants, but don't buy plants if you don't know what they are. Those are some difficult plants you have there.

To prune them, simply cut the stem, and remove a few of the leaves on the bottom of the cutting, and plant it in the gravel. Be sure to use super sharp scissors.

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