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small fry 04-07-2011 01:06 AM

Which of these plants are Amazonian?
Hello. I am setting up my Amazon tank soon, and the only plant I have for it is Amazon Sword. I want a variety, but I can't find a long list of plants. Right now I will be using a 55g tank w/ a 48" 40W single bulb fixture using 6500k "daylight" bulbs. I will also be using Flourish Comprhensive and possibally root tabs. The tank will have fine/moderate grain gravel.

Are these plants Amazonian?

osirus sword
(Echinodorus Osirus)

Chain Sword
(Echinodorus tenellus)

Dward hair grass

I found the plants on a site that said they were Amazonian, but the site is not to be trusted. I was wondering if you guys were familier, or would have recomendations on other plants? I want to make a nice, big order soon.

aura09 04-07-2011 11:38 AM

Echinodorus Osirus - is called the red amazon sword it does better in hard water than in soft. Provide plenty of iron especially if the plant is kept in bright light. Its orgin is brazil. This one is ideal as a feature plant :)

Echinodours tenellus - is hardy and adaptable but can be more challenging. come from northern and southern american and in good conditions will spread and create a lawnlike appearance arcoss foreground. prefers medium soft water however with medium bright light and fine subtrate.

hairgrass- found worldwide although easy to care for it needs bright light good fertilazion and a clear, debis free enviroment which will prevent the plant dying back. brighter lighting will produce a shorter plant.

SinCrisis 04-07-2011 08:09 PM

Brazilian Pennywort i believe is from the same region as well as Egeria densa and Cabomba caroliniana.

small fry 04-07-2011 08:39 PM

Anacharis is South American!?!?:shock:

Whoa! What a great, cheap, easy to care for, easy to find plant that I already have tons of experience with! This is great! I'll probably buy alot more of that next time I go to Petsmart. What a great thing to know, I knew they could be found in North America, but I didn't know they are more common in Brazil.


SinCrisis 04-07-2011 10:07 PM

anachris originates from south america,but it exists in north america as an invasive aquatic plant.

small fry 04-07-2011 10:20 PM

Oh yeah, that is right. I remember something about that now from an invasive species class. I forgot (or maybe I didn't hear) the part about Anacharis coming from Brazil.

Hey, is dwarf hairgrass something that would be commonly found in Brazil? I know it grows all over, but I am just wondering if that would be something expected in a setup like I hope to create.

SinCrisis 04-07-2011 10:40 PM

I think you can just really aim for a south american biotope, although there are many plants that exist, most are amazonian. If you are aiming for a very specific, like amazon river only plants, then a lot more research will be required and your search for plants will be very tedious since many of the commonly traded plants are mixed from all over.

If you google plantpedia, use the second link and its a good database of various plants that you can sort via biotope.

redchigh 04-16-2011 01:21 PM

Try Tropical freshwater aquarium fish: Homepage

I'm not sure where anarchis came from.. I believe it's still being researched. It will take DNA studies to know for sure.

Of course, if you're doing a biotope, and the plants there, you can use it even if it's not native. ;)

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