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DPayne 02-19-2012 06:56 PM

So we decided to start live plants in our 29 gallon tank. We went out to PETCO and bought what appear to be seeds to start because they were cheaper than buying the grown plants. They came in a bag containing about 8. That was about 2 1/2 weeks ago. How long should it take before they actually start sprouting out and growing? Also should we have put the seeds under the gravel?

dieseldoc 02-19-2012 09:45 PM

By seeds do you mean bulbs? About the size of a small marble? What plants are they when they grow. If they are in fact bulbs or seeds, in my experiance the need to be planted into the substrate for them to grow. You may also need to add root tabs as well to get them started.

DPayne 02-19-2012 10:49 PM

Yes, they are bulbs. I couldn't think of that word for some reason earlier. They are called Hybrid Aponogeton Bulbs. Now that I've asked someone and told her what your advice is then she brings out the package, lol. I guess I should've asked if she still had that before posting but I just figured she threw it away. I am wondering if I shouldn't take the bulbs out though because on the package it says they should grow 6-8 inches in just 15 days. I'm thinking these bulbs are no good but I don't want to take them out and not give them the full benefit of the doubt. I think tomorrow I'm gonna go down and buy some plants. I'll leave the bulbs in there for the full 30 days it says to give them before returning but if they don't sprout by then they will be in the trash and mark it up as more money wasted at Wal-Mart.

Byron 02-20-2012 02:57 PM

First, welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum. Nice to have you with us.:-D

I've never tried these Aponogeton "tubers" (to use the correct term:-)), but I believe a couple of other members have posted about them previously, so if they see this they will assuredly chime in. My comments will be general.

With one exception, all of the cultivated aquarium species of Aponogeton have a tuber or rhizome, which they use to store nutrients. Most species need a rest period during which they will lose their leaves; in some species the tubers should be removed from the aquarium and kept in a more dry than wet condition, while in other species the tuber may be left in the aquarium. This is based on the natural habitat conditions of the various species. The nutrients in the tuber allows the plants to sprout again. Aponogeton rigidifolius is the only cultivated species that does not have a tuber, though it has a long thin rhizome.

I have a couple of Aponogeton species, those in our profiles in fact, and I just leave them alone when the leaves rot off, and after a couple of months they sprout new leaves. Our fish and plant profiles are under the second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page. You will find most of the commonly seen fish, and some not so often seen species, with data on water parameters, numbers, feeding, etc. The plants section has quite a few species now. If the scientific or common name in the profile is used the same in posts, it will shade and you can click on it to see that profile, for example Aponogeton crispus and Aponogeton undulatus.


DPayne 02-20-2012 04:43 PM

Thanks a lot for the welcome Byron. If you want to you can delete this thread because this morning I went to the pet store and picked up some plants instead. I still have the bulbs and am hoping they will start sprouting but now they are in a tank by themselves. We are going to use that 10 gallon tank for the fry that I think we are going to have in a few weeks because according to what I've seen in this forum our Mollies look prego. Although if they don't start sprouting in the next week I'll probably get some plants for that one too for the fry to hide in.
This isn't our first time but it has been a long time since we had one. The first one we had was with Piranha but we had to get rid of them for obvious reasons when we started having children. But hopefully with the knowledge on this forum we will be able to successfully have a beautiful tank.

redchigh 02-20-2012 05:05 PM

Any that are floating after a day or two can be tossed.

IME the ones that sink immediately are the only viable ones. Just leave them unless they get soggy.

DPayne 02-20-2012 09:01 PM

All the bulbs went straight to the bottom. And that's about it, lol.

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