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Postby atlantis_child » Tue Dec 11, 2007 5:26 pm

Hi, can you guys help me with some 'homework' for work? :D

While talking with my boss about our aquatic plants for sale I commented there were many weird ones nobody had heard of, and few common ones.

I get to make a list of suggestions to give. Want hardy plants too, most aquarium people wanting plants don't know too much about them.

So far got these:

Corkscrew vallisneria - Vallisneria asiatica var. biwaensis
Foxtail - Ceratophyllum demersum
Water Lettuce - Pistia
Blyxa japonica Japanese rush
Java moss
anubas nana
Hairgrass Eleocharis acicularis
Anachris
Willow moss
Water Wisteria - Hygrophila difformis


Any ones to add or discourage would be great. :wink:


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Postby katkin » Tue Dec 11, 2007 5:47 pm

For easy low light plants, what about the java ferns and windelov fern. I think the another plant I have is cryptocryne something or other, sorry not sure I've spelt that right. Don't forget the straight vallis too. Amazon sword, not hard but heavy root feeder so needs root tabs or decent substrate to thrive. Christmas moss if you can get hold of it, is slow growing but looks fantastic once it's filled out. Can't think of anything else offhand.
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Postby celestialdude » Tue Dec 11, 2007 7:08 pm

Tropica of Denmark (http://www.tropica.com) has an awesome and comprehensive aquatic plant catalog.

I did an Advanced Search, selected "Very Easy" difficulty, and got this list. If you do the search yourself you'll get links that you can click on for the corresponding plant picture. Here's the list anyways :


Anubias barteri ''coffeefolia''

Anubias barteri var. caladiifolia ''1705''

Anubias barteri var. nana

Bacopa australis

Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Mi Oya'

Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Tropica'

Echinodorus 'Ozelot'

Echinodorus 'Red Special'

Echinodorus cordifolius ssp. fluitans

Hygrophila polysperma

Hygrophila polysperma 'Big leaf'

Ludwigia repens 'Rubin'

Microsorum pteropus 'Narrow'

Microsorum pteropus

Microsorum pteropus 'Philippine'

Microsorum pteropus 'Windeløv'

Shinnersia rivularis 'Weiss-Grün'

Taxiphyllum barbieri (Vesicularia)

Vallisneria americana (gigantea)

Vallisneria spiralis 'Tiger'
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Postby L777 » Tue Dec 11, 2007 10:53 pm

Ditto to the java fern! Tough to kill, not that you'd want to. And they propagate themselves -- new complete plants, roots and all, grow out of the tips of older leaves.

Another hardy favorite of mine has always been Aponogeton crispus. Sort of a "poor-man's swordplant," and great for beginners. About 20 years ago I had a 30 gallon tank with several bulbs of these that sent up flower stalks. They pollinated each other and dropped seeds that germinated in the gravel! Great fun! And this was under a cheap kitchen under-cabinet fluorescent tube, with no supplemental CO2 or fertilizer (other than what the arowana produced), and dark black gravel.
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Postby celestialdude » Tue Dec 11, 2007 11:00 pm

Aponogeton crispus.... that's a pretty plant!

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Postby atlantis_child » Wed Dec 12, 2007 1:07 am

We actually do have java fern. Common ones we actually do have are polysperma, hornwort and cambomba. Microsorum pteropus too That's it if I recall right.

We 'might' have Sagittaria subulata. If not I want to get some it. People like carpet stuff. Anything else like that?

Is Salvinia common and easy? It looks awesome!


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Postby atlantis_child » Wed Dec 12, 2007 1:10 am

Oh, and what about good floating plants? Pretty ones, not hornwort or cabomba. People just buy them for fry and goldfish food here.


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Postby celestialdude » Wed Dec 12, 2007 1:12 am

A popular carpet / foreground plant is Glossostigma elatinoides. Takashi Amano uses this in many of his works.

Have a look, it's real pretty :

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Postby celestialdude » Wed Dec 12, 2007 1:14 am

Riccia fluitans makes a nice floating plant actually. It's originally a floating plant but many people tie it down (there's another thread on this forum about it). I think it looks great floating, but needs some removal from time to time. For me it's too much hassle trying to maintain it as a submerged plant.
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Postby atlantis_child » Wed Dec 12, 2007 1:27 am

That Glossostigma elatinoides (or some kind of glossotigma thing that looks sort of like it) we have, but it always looks 90% dead on arrival. :roll:

Is the riccia common enough to get and easy enough to grow?


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Postby celestialdude » Wed Dec 12, 2007 2:27 am

Hmm... 90% dead = 10% alive... so it's alive!!! Maybe some gentle nurture will bring it back to life.

As for Riccia fluitans, here are the specs :

I'm not sure about its availability... I've only seen it in one LFS here, sold as a submerged plant, sandwiched between two pieces of plastic mesh and weighted with a flat rock on the bottom. It grows upward through the mesh and so hides the mesh.
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Postby atlantis_child » Wed Dec 12, 2007 7:05 pm

My Corys: 3 Green Gold, 1 Bronze, 2 Albino, 1 Melanitius, 2 Metae, 1 Elegans, 1 Panda, 2 Peppered)
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Postby celestialdude » Wed Dec 12, 2007 7:29 pm

Must be nice working at a fish store! Wish I could do that too... hmm or maybe run my own fish store... just dreaming aloud here.
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Postby SearunSimpson » Fri Dec 14, 2007 4:46 am

"You think you have tomorrow, but when tomorrow comes it's not tomorrow; it's now, and thats all you've got"- Marc Johnson
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Postby atlantis_child » Fri Dec 14, 2007 9:35 pm

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