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    Hi all,

    I've had fish one kind or another for yrs. and never had a planted tank. I lost my Severum a while back and have decided to try some plants.

    Some plants from the lake got tangled around our peddle boat on the under side. So I decided to give them a try. I soaked them in bleach water over night to kill anything that shouldn't be on them. Killed all existing foliage, but they have new growth now. Looks like some kind of Val maybe.

    Obviously the palms, peace lilies, and mondo grass commonly sold are not true submersible plants. What are some true aquatic plants for aquariums?

    I would like to try plants of different heights and foliage types. The water ph is neutral. I have a 30 gal tank and a non-grow light for less algae. So I would need low-light plants.

    Any info on what real aquarium plants would do well would be great. Thanks.

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    Plants that grew very well for me:
    Ceratophyllum demersum, Cryptocoryne crispatula, Cryptocoryne wendtii, Echinodorus rubin, Pistia stratiotes, Rotala rotundifolia, Sagittaria subulata, Salvinia molesta, and Vesicularia dubyana.

    My fish and plant info at:
    http://www.geocities.com/elgecko1989/community.html


    My Grow List Updated 8/24/17

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    I'm starting to rethink this, as I have already had it with the pet shops. Yesterday, mondo grass; today, a peace lily, and they told me that tropical cabomba was Java Fern. Do you all have this much trouble buying plants?

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    You can't expect much from people who work for minimum wage.

    Atleast you didin't pay $150 for a "top of the line" Seaclone skimmer. I did when I was ignorant and was just setting up a reef. For those of you who don't know, Seaclones are cheap pieces of crap!

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    Just about the only thing I've ever bought from a physical (not-online) fish store is livestock and the tank. I'd never consider them authority figures.

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    hmm... i always bought my plants online through arizona aquatic gardens.

    you can't go wrong with crypt bubls.

    Anubis is tough as nails, but tends to collect algae. scrub it w/ a toothbrush if it starts showing up. (a soft one!)
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    I've never had java moss, but that seems to be popular these days. I worked for a tropical fish wholesaler, in a former life. Of the truly aquatic plants, we used to bring in various species or hygrophyla, cryptocornes, ludwigia, amazon swords, vallisneria, cabomba, anacharis, hornwort, water sprite, plant bulbs, banana plant,...

    My favorites were the sprouted plany bulbs and water sprite.

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