Dustin’s fish tank for submerged plants


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I ordered aquarium plants from them for my mini indoor pond and aquariums. Ups couldn’t figure out my street address so I won’t get them till tomorrow, but the folks shipping them have been great, even called me back to update me on the situation. I’ll order from them again, even if the plants don’t arrive in the best shape due to delay beyond their control.
 
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Plants arrived! I’m still trying to figure out what’s what, but the giant vallisneria ( I think) has cold damage to the longer leaves, and “ monnieri bacopa “ ? If that’s what it is, had a few stems broken right at the roots, but otherwise I’m very happy with the health of the plants. Only thing I can criticize is not saying what is what, just a nicely printed paper with pictures and names of the plants that could be in the package. I can identify dwarf sagittaria subulata but I’m not too sure on the rest except what I posted above. I’ll be doing research to find out what’s what, what they need, etc.
 
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I’ve roughly identified the plants. Variegated alternanthera reineckii, 1 bunch. Monnieri bacopa, 1bunch. Dwarf sagittaria subulata, 1 bunch with a handful of extra runners. water sprite, 1 bunch. Regular java fern, 2 plants. And two plants of vallisneria, not sure just what kind yet. One looks pretty damaged from the cold, the other just a bit, but for sure going into the guppy pond along with the bacopa, and reineckii. These folks took the info I gave them, little substrate, ph in the low 8s, hard water, and size of tanks they are intended for, and provided a great selection. I’ll order again when I know ups can’t mess them up. I saw a few other plants I’m interested in, along with they carry some substrate I might try.
 

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Always neat to try new stuff. When I was receiving wholesale shipments at the pet store, the val often had bad tips on the longer leaves. The Bacopa monneri will usually put out new roots easily from any submerged leaf node. I see you have similar water conditions to my area-high pH and hard water. The best results I had with the Bacopa was when it was on the surface or in a covered tank half filled with water where it can grow out of the water. I also move it out to my pond in the summer to grow between the edge rocks.
 
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So looking at the paperwork, I have a clue. He wrote on there “ free alternanthera and mayaca “. Looking at the pictures, what I thought was watersprite is vandelli mayaca. And I found I have a 10th plant, not sure just which variety, leaves look like maybe a cryptocoryne mioya or wendtii green? Thank you for the info on the bacopa, I might trim a sprig to put in the bog.
I have them all planted now, most in containers with a mix of yard soil from the pond dig and pure clay kitty litter that failed as substrate. The vallisneria is in its own planter in the guppy pond, and just barely reaches the surface, meaning it’s almost 2 ft tall! Then I put three bacopa, and dwarf sag spaced out around it in my turtle planter, then hid the substrate with small pea gravel so the guppies hopefully done mess it up. Then hubbies betta got a tank rearranging, and he got a sprig of the sag, a java fern, and my last remaining water lilly root. My betta has more plants, mostly because I still have about 5 guppy fry hiding in there, and he was super excited to explore the plants. He got the reineckii, a sprig of bacopa, a java fern, and the mayaca. Have to let water clear now it’s stirred up, and clean the glass, so I can get better pictures.
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guppy pond, the turtle planter, and my shark wanna bes, and then a picture of the whole mini pond. Then a picture of my betta tank pre fill up, then the tea cup of hubbies tanks plants and the water lilly.
 

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