Plant ID, possible Palm Root if it exists
Ok so I skipped over to petco one day because I am upgrading my betta to a 5 gallon instead of the puny 2.5 gallon he was in for like 5 days. XD I went there because they are having huge sales on tanks and stuff. So I got an eclipse hex 5 gallon. It came with a light that could support plant life, and I kind of went crazy with buying low level and moderate level plants. Except for one who I'm not sure what it is. I saw it and I kind of got the oooo I should buy it urge .___. you all know how that is.
And so now I have a plant that I have no idea what it is. The Petco lady said she might have thought it was called palm root, and I was like >.> yeah sure. You know how reliable they are. It has awesome roots and I don't think it needs lots of light considering it was covered up by a lot of floating plants. I can get a picture soon, and will have it later today.
I can describe it, it kind of is a dark green with hard looking leaves that are actually soft. They go off to either side, and are curved each one rising above the other. There are only about 8 or so of these leaves that are directly across from each other. Will get a pic up in a few hours. THANK YOU ^^
PS Sorry I haven't been on lately ^^'
Ok finally found my camera after tearing the house apart XD, so anyway I also need to know if I should get a taller plant for him to play in or something like that. Being a betta I assume he'd want plants near the top right? BTW I will get a pic of him soon he's just being shy right now, which is strange considering he's such a poser for the camera I assume though it's because he was just transferred over to the new tank. I will keep an eye on him though to make sure it's nothing bad, my readings are fine and everyone else in the tank is doing well. IF I should what kind of plant should I get, considering it's only 5 gallons.
Ok now back to the palm root, or whatever.
It is the darker one in the back next to the micro sword and the anacahris. It is kind of short and fern-like?
Ok and here is the pictures of the entire tank:
He's resting off toward the bottom, I think the filter is a little strong so I put a sponge over it to block the flow a bit. But he is doing quite well, he is actually dancing when I come in the room now and begging for food, he likes all the real plants when originally I had fake plants and the moss ball. This set up only cost around 80 dollars considering I had all the gravel already and the tank was on sale and so were most the plants. I had the anacharis growing in 25 gallon already for my gourami. I just used some cuttings and planted them. He's eating regularly and loves his blood worms. XD
Sorry for the long post I'm just so excited lol. Anything you need to know just tell me. I also have a question about my 16 gallon but I will ask later.
PS, GwenInNM I have never seen this plant here at petco so I figured might as well grab it before it disappeared. I hope I can keep it. ^^'
It kind of looks like Mondo Grass to me.. which I know petsmart sells as an aquarium plant and its actually NOT aquatic. I could be wrong though.
Heres a picture:
Darn, it looks like it too XD, even the roots, *hits self* why do they constantly sell stuff that is not aquatic. T^T it makes me sad when I find stuff that is awesome and then find out it is not aquatic. No wonder I couldn't find a picture of an aquatic plant that looked like it. >.> Well it's time to go find a tall aquarium plant to take it's place then XD
Oh I was wondering in my 16 gallon I have hair grass algae growing on my melon sword plant, I have stopped using so much fertilizer and have gone to once a week during PWC, but it is still there. Is there anyway to make sure it doesn't grow? Or perhaps there is a shrimp that eats it? Maybe an algae shrimp?
how long are your lights running?
9 hours I think, is that too long? I also have two 6500k, 10 watt ultra sun mini compact lights. I dunno if that is too much light or not? My melon sword isn't having a problem growing I just don't think the hairgrass algae is a good thing.
Ok another problem on the 5 gallon, the filter is still too strong, I got a super micro filter sponge that I put over the intake but it's not stopping the flow which is still pushing my betta around. What should I do? How can I stop the flow?
I put one of those on my 5 gal, so by baby Red Cherry Shrimp wouldn't get sucked up, and not so long after noticed that I had no flow. I took scissors and cut small slits and that took care of it. Over time the flow should be lessened, as the sponge filter collects debris. I'm not sure what else you can do. You must have one powerful filter for that 5 gal :)
I figured out how to make a baffle for the 5 gallon thanks to a friend <3
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