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Old 10-15-2012, 05:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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we wanted to add some plants to our 3 gal tank. We have black sand substrate. the Pet store had what they called assorted bunches for 2 bucks they were of no help identifying any of the plants I bought two bunches one of which I think I know what it is but im not certain. The other I have no clue but it had beautiful color so I thought why not its just 2 bucks. I also got a small pot of dwarf hair grass but I knew what that was. I took this picture of them tonight in our quarantine tank. How long should I quarantine them for. They will go in a tank with a betta. what do i do if it has snails. Are they floating plants or do they need to be planted in substrate. How fast do they grow how to they multiply what do I do with cuttings or trimming of them how do i trim them. How about fertilizers we did not get any today but I can get some at the small pet store in town. Care advice is welcome we are first timers. they seemed like nice healthy bunches to me I hope they do well.




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Old 10-15-2012, 06:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The purple ones are Purple Waffles. They are non-aquatic plants, unfortunately.

The yellow ones, I have no idea. They seem to release a lot of yellow seeds in the water. Do I see correctly?

I usually don't quarantine plants unless they are originated from the wild.
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The purple ones are Purple Waffles. They are non-aquatic plants, unfortunately.

The yellow ones, I have no idea. They seem to release a lot of yellow seeds in the water. Do I see correctly?

I usually don't quarantine plants unless they are originated from the wild.
Why do places put non aquatic plants in tanks and tell you they are. grrr. The leaves are green on top and purple on the under side I thought it might be Cardinal Plant or lobelia cardinalis.

The yellow ones are actually a light green color and its not seeds your seeing its air bubbles they started forming in the tank about 20 min after I put the plants in. I thought it might be Hornwort but i am new to this and identifying them is harder than I thought.

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Old 10-16-2012, 01:02 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Why do places put non aquatic plants in tanks and tell you they are. grrr.
It seems that often also the sellers don't know it better. In the shops, under bad conditions, these plants are often more durable than the true water plants, look striking, and are bought by the customers...
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Hmm...can't see clearly whether it's cabomba, elodea or hornwort. Maybe you can take a close-up photo after the bubbles are gone...to speed up, maybe you can add anti-chlorine. I suspect the bubbles are chlorine. Well, they're probably gone by the time you see this post

Well, every newbie in planted tank always falls into the non-aquatic plants trap including myself. It's best to find out on the web before you purchase any plants. I know it is not easy to search without knowing the names...and you cannot search by images Maybe it's easier for you to identify common non-aquatic plants sold in LFS. Another common non-aquatic plants sold in LFS is mondo grass. There is a long list actually. Try to google for non-aquatic plants sold in LFS. Some of these plants are used for ponds..planted next to the ponds..not inside the water.
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Hmm...can't see clearly whether it's cabomba, elodea or hornwort. Maybe you can take a close-up photo after the bubbles are gone...to speed up, maybe you can add anti-chlorine. I suspect the bubbles are chlorine. Well, they're probably gone by the time you see this post

Well, every newbie in planted tank always falls into the non-aquatic plants trap including myself. It's best to find out on the web before you purchase any plants. I know it is not easy to search without knowing the names...and you cannot search by images Maybe it's easier for you to identify common non-aquatic plants sold in LFS. Another common non-aquatic plants sold in LFS is mondo grass. There is a long list actually. Try to google for non-aquatic plants sold in LFS. Some of these plants are used for ponds..planted next to the ponds..not inside the water.
Thee tank still has tones of bubbles in it. Its not chlorine because we dont have chlorine in our water. So what to I do with the other plant. I cant take it back it would cost me more in gas than its worth but now my tank is going to be rather empty. I noticed a couple baby baby snails this morning. I took them out but how do I know if I got them all one in our tank would be ok but I dont want them breeding in there I hate tossing them out
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To be honest with you, I am unfamiliar with purple waffles. I think it will stay alive for a while in the water, if you want to have them in your tank. If not, you can try to grow them in your garden. I cannot guarantee whether they will stay alive or not with the weather of your region. I have seen them in my former office's garden (I hope I recognised the correct plants) but I live in a tropical country. Maybe someone else can provide a better advice.

You won't know whether you have removed the snails completely or not. There may be some eggs attached to the plants. As long as you can find snails, you're likely to be able to find more in the future. As long as you keep the population of snails low, it's ok. There are a few species of fishes that will get rid of snails - clown loach, Botia sidthimunki (dwarf loach) and puffer. Clown loach will grow too big. Botia sidthimunki (I call them Botia "Sick Monkey" haha) are good but quite expensive. Puffers are generally too big and aggressive + require brackish water. Mini puffer - depend on your luck...some are aggressive. Another good option is by using assassin snails.
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To be honest with you, I am unfamiliar with purple waffles. I think it will stay alive for a while in the water, if you want to have them in your tank. If not, you can try to grow them in your garden. I cannot guarantee whether they will stay alive or not with the weather of your region. I have seen them in my former office's garden (I hope I recognised the correct plants) but I live in a tropical country. Maybe someone else can provide a better advice.

You won't know whether you have removed the snails completely or not. There may be some eggs attached to the plants. As long as you can find snails, you're likely to be able to find more in the future. As long as you keep the population of snails low, it's ok. There are a few species of fishes that will get rid of snails - clown loach, Botia sidthimunki (dwarf loach) and puffer. Clown loach will grow too big. Botia sidthimunki (I call them Botia "Sick Monkey" haha) are good but quite expensive. Puffers are generally too big and aggressive + require brackish water. Mini puffer - depend on your luck...some are aggressive. Another good option is by using assassin snails.
thank you for the information. I heard bettas will eat small snails and they will be going into a betta tank so I hope he will eat any remaining snails. My sister has has a tank for several years and said to dip them in some water and aquarium salt and it would usually get rid of most of the snails and eggs. So I did that today and well watch them and see if we find any more over the next week. I have read in several places that the purple waffles some times do well in aquariums and several people have had them last a year or two so we are going to give it a try we have nothing to lose with it. any tips on the dwarf hair grass.
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Yes, the purple waffles may last for quite long. I have no idea how long as I ban this plant since day one.

Hair grass - which type of hair grass do you have? Japanese hairgrass (the one with leaves curl downwards) or common hair grass (the leaves face upwards...spiky)? Japanese hair grass grew too slow in my tank and trapped a lot of algae and debris. I gave up on them. I have not tried the common hair grass although I have emersed ones. Not the easier carpet plants in my personal opinion. The fast growing easiest carpet plant is Helanthium tenellum/Echinodorus tenellus but some people consider them as weeds.
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I have the spikey hair grass
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