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Old 10-16-2012, 06:11 PM   #11 (permalink)
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What type of substrate do you use? I failed to keep Japanese hair grass using top soil (or is it clay loam? I forgot) + Holland sand.
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:38 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I just have regular aquarium sand I plan on giving it some of those root tablets for fertalizer.i hope it works
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Old 10-17-2012, 07:59 AM   #13 (permalink)
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What root tabs are you planning to use? You can try. Don't forget to update the outcome.

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Old 10-17-2012, 11:22 AM   #14 (permalink)
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What root tabs are you planning to use? You can try. Don't forget to update the outcome.

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I am not sure what type of root tabs are available at our local pet/fish store. I have never used them so if someone has a recommendation that they have had success with in the past i would love to hear it.
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Old 10-17-2012, 12:01 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I thought it might be Hornwort but i am new to this and identifying them is harder than I thought.
Surely the ID wouldn't be difficult by closeup photos. It looks to me like something common, probably Egeria najas or E. densa (see APC Plantfinder).
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Old 10-17-2012, 12:15 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Surely the ID wouldn't be difficult by closeup photos. It looks to me like something common, probably Egeria najas or E. densa (see APC Plantfinder).
I got some better photos today so may be that will help with Id in them thanks for all the help everyone





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OK, IMO it's Egeria najas: https://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...ils.php?id=126 It's similar to Egeria densa but has narrower leaves with conspicuous teeth. Hydrilla verticillata has similar leaves but its internodes (stem parts between the leaves) of older stems are mostly longer than the leaves. In E. najas and E. densa shorter than the leaves.

I agree with totziens, the other plant is Purple Waffle, some variant of Hemigraphis (colorata?), a tropical ornamental. I also have only the info that it isn't suitable for tanks, but it may also be good to document what happens with a terrestrial plant like this when drowned.
Favorable conditions for aquatics - much light, CO2, O2, good current, nutrient supply - surely prolong the survival of terrestrial plants under water, too. And there's no clear boundary between aquatic and non-aquatic. But I'd say, a plant is suitable for tanks if it really increases in living biomass underwater, even if it does it very slowly.

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Old 10-17-2012, 02:57 PM   #18 (permalink)
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thank you for the information we are going to put some of the purple waffle in and see what it does may be it will survive Some of what was in the tank at the store looked like it was forming roots. time will tell I guess. at least I know the dwarf hair grass is ok for the tank.
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Old 10-17-2012, 05:03 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Yeah, should be Egeria najas - the Egeria I have never seen in real life. It looks different from Egeria densa although similar - my goodness, this sentence sounds like the Indo-China English, "Same Same But Different" hahaha...

Yes, maybe hotrodprincess can be the person to document down the outcome of keeping Purple Waffle under the water. Information like the following would be interesting:

1. how long it could last under the water?
2. Will it rot?
3. Amount of lighting?
4. CO2 or without?
5. Type of substrate
etc

I have bought 2 types of non-aquatic plants in the past when I was new to planted tank. One of them was mondo grass. It didn't rot for several weeks but I removed it upon realising that it's non-aquatic. So, I didn't get to see the result of keeping it under the water for a long time. I gave it to my mother-in-law but I think she put it into the bin. The other plant I cannot recall the name but it rot after several weeks - this one was a nightmare, the rotting plants attracted algae at the same time. I had to tear down the tank to clean up the mess.
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Old 10-17-2012, 05:18 PM   #20 (permalink)
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since the hole tank is a homeschool project we will keep track of what happens to it. The cuttings are developing roots they are about a half in long and the plant still has vibrant looking leaves non of them seem wilted or look like they are dying. We have a low tec tank standard kit tank lighting but it does sit by a window so it gets a little extra boost from that. Its planted in black aquarium sand. I plan on getting some root tabs nest time I go in to the pet store. Now I am dreaming of moss for our little tank. Ill keep a little up date on how its doing if everyone would like me to. O tank temp is 76-80
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