well...plant disease

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fletch

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First of all. Can anyone tell me what this plant is? and why does it keep disintegrating in my tank? Ive had around four of these same plants and each one turns into a slimey goo and dies. Its so frustrating because it looks fantastic in my tank. Cheers
 

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I believe that your problem is that your plant is non-aquatic. Many stores will take common houseplants and submerge them into tanks and sell them as aquatic plants. Usually after a month or 2, they finally just rot in the tank. Next time you want to get a true aquatic plant for your tank, go to . Choose the link according to how much light you have over your tank, and then get those plants. I think 1 watt per gallon (WPG) is low light, 2 WPG is medium, and 3 WPG is high light.
 

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Right on Gunnie!! They are non-aquatic and houseplants called Arrowhead plant. Here is a link with a little more info.

Carol
 

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That is a shame, how can they (the stores) do that? That's a fraud!
 

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Usually stores order plants in bulk not by name and mixed in with aquatic plants are some non-aquatic plants. Then when the store receives the plants a lot of the time the employees don't know an aquatic from a non-aquatic. Just have to be careful.I've bought my share of non-aquatic plants and learned if I don't know what it is I go home and research it first.
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grr, that makes me angry. Thanks for enlightening me tho. At least I have a reason for it happening now. Are there any aquatic plants like these around?
 

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Go over to and check out their plant profiles. Make a list of the ones you like then you will know what to look for when you go plant shopping.
Carol
 

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Ahhh I always wondered why some of my plants rotted away like that... I thought it wasn't enough light but you've enlightened me! Will seek further info when buying plants in the future.. thanks!
 
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