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Pond Plants for the Aquarium?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:09 pm
by CatWhat
I have always wondered if it is possible to keep various pond plants in an aquarium. Mainly I was wondering about lillies, water lettce and water hyacinth as these are the ones that are usually available in my LFS.

Re: Pond Plants for the Aquarium?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:12 am
by joemc
in short, not really, the plants you mentioned will not do well in an aquarium long term, the floaters need lots of light and good ventilation, so with most tanks having a hood it will create poor conditions for them, most of the lilies (with the exception of miniature vars) grow much too big for an aquarium, if it is the lily type look you are going for buy a plant like the aquarium lotus (Nymphaea lotus) these come in green, red and speckled leaves and will thrive in an aquarium making a great display and are fast growing plants, you can keep the leaves below water level if you pinch out any stray new leaf that makes a run for the surface

Re: Pond Plants for the Aquarium?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 6:53 am
by Crazygar
I've had great success with Lilies only because my tank was open top. I had to move the lighting when the lily began to flower and my Gourami and other fish in the tank at the time loved it.

Water Lettuce and Water Hyacinth need to be kept a good distance away from powerful lights or you will literally dry them right out in the water. If you can move the lighting then it is possible, just remember, they will absorb nutrients faster and shade the aquarium and eventually some of your plants on the bottom might not receive the light they require.

Gary

Re: Pond Plants for the Aquarium?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 5:42 pm
by meh
I have found out that alot of house plants can make good plants for the aquarium(then again my dad is an expert on plants and he has a tank fulll of house plants)

Re: Pond Plants for the Aquarium?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:27 am
by Crazygar
I have found out that alot of house plants can make good plants for the aquarium

Totally false statement meh. Houseplants, DO NOT make good candidates for the Aquarium. Many will linger for a short time underwater and then start to decompose fueling other problems in the tank. Using Aquarium water to water the plants is good and is what I do when I do my tank water changes...

Some (Hanging plants such as Spider Plants) if planted close to the Aquarium, will "grow" towards the Aquarium as they can detect a water source and you may have a few trailing in the water (if you have an open tank).

Gary

Re: Pond Plants for the Aquarium?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:34 pm
by meh
actually their are some you see in pet shops and are house plants too.but an amature on plants should not do that if they dont know.My dad though has being handling plants for 40 yrs+ and he knows what he talking about what plants do and sont go into an aquarium.

Re: Pond Plants for the Aquarium?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 3:39 pm
by clipclop
A lot of plants will survive and even thrive semi-aquatically: various lobelias, spaths, water iris and so forth. Convince them they are living in a bog by keeping their feet wet and their leaves dry, and they'll be happy. However, I think it's one of those situations where, if you have to ask how to do it on the internet, you're probably going to have a steep learning curve.

I enjoy the red lotus I've had for a few years in one of my 10 gallon tanks. I let it spread out on the surface like a water lily. I gave up trying to pinch it back. It's been a durable sucker too.

Re: Pond Plants for the Aquarium?

PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:13 am
by Crazygar
I grew Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower) from seeds bought at WallyMart and had an endless supply for years, but there are only a few cases where this works. Stick to those plants that BELONG in the Aquarium.

Gary

Re: Pond Plants for the Aquarium?

PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 4:17 pm
by meh
yea my dad did say only a few types will live in a fully under water envirments........

Re: Pond Plants for the Aquarium?

PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 11:41 am
by Diana
Now is the time of year the local pond stores start stocking up on the plants.
They carry a good selection. Many species.

Of all the plants that I see in these stores, very few will adapt to the low light of most aquariums. Even with a good plant light, most tanks are just too dim for most pond plants.

I have tried some of them, and not had much luck. Most pond plants grow in full sun, or something close to it.

Many house plants can be grown out of the top of the tank, as long as there is good light above the tank. Roots in the water, stems and leaves out of the water. Many house plants come from the floor of the jungles, so are better adapted to low light.

There is some crossover of plants.
Some plants grow in a jungle that floods annually. These plants spend part of their life under water, and part exposed to the air.
Some plants grow next to or in streams that rise and fall with each rain. These plants also are adapted to under water and emersed life.
There are also plants that grow on trees, not as parasites, but just as a place to grow. These epiphytes do not usually make good aquarium plants, but can make good house plants.

There is a style of aquarium called Riparium, and perhaps other names. The aquarium has only a few gallons of water, and a large 'land' surface for such plants.
I have one tank set up like that for carnivorous plants. When I top it off the 'land' is covered with a small amount of water. As the water evaporates the 'land' becomes exposed.
The habitat that people use for certain frogs is this sort of set up: Small pool of water, large wall of plants, often epiphytes.

Re: Pond Plants for the Aquarium?

PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 12:41 pm
by joemc
I agree with everything Diana said
here is a pic of a tank I kept set up along the lines described in the last post
right hand side of tank
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lefthand side of tank
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full tank shot
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(don't even ask why the pictures are all different sizes, I messed around with my photobucket account one day and it has never been the same since!)

Re: Pond Plants for the Aquarium?

PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 4:25 pm
by C. Andrew Nelson
That's a beauty of a tank, Joe!

Re: Pond Plants for the Aquarium?

PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 6:36 pm
by clipclop
Joe :bow:

Re: Pond Plants for the Aquarium?

PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 6:55 pm
by Crazygar
That's one heck of a sweet tank, can always enjoy looking at that.

Right now I am seeing Azolla carolina as they predominant plant this year at all the Landscaping stores.

Gary