What plant is this? Can it be kept submerged?

Discussion in 'Plant ID' started by MightyCucumber, Jul 26, 2015.

  1. MightyCucumber

    MightyCucumber Valued Member Member

    I was casually looking at some fish tank setups and I stumbled upon this (tank is not mine, thank God, poor goldfish :( ):

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    Anyone know what type of plant this is? I have tons of this plant on pots in my backyard, and while I already suspected it could be kept submerged, I'd like a second opinion from you guys - the first opinion being from my non-aquarist mother, who told me she used to keep these in transparent jars filled with water when she was young, ahah :D
     
  2. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandon Well Known Member Member

    It doesn't look like a fully aquatic plant to me


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  3. CindiL

    CindiL Fishlore Legend Member

    I think its called a ribbon plant, and its semi aquatic so only the roots should be in, or half of the plant.
     




  4. Bijou88

    Bijou88 Well Known Member Member

    It looks like a spider plant to me, or a dracaena, neither should be fully submerged. This is s spider plant fwiw.
    Looking at it against my picture it looks more like a dracaena. :)
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  5. aliray

    aliray Fishlore VIP Member

    Spider plant. They come in different forums from all green leaves to leaves with a lot more white on them like the first picture. The roots should be fine in water, however it is usually grown in a pot and sends down lots of runners with baby plants on the ends of them ,hence the name spider plant. Alison
     
  6. EricV

    EricV Fishlore VIP Member

    definitely not a fully aquatic plant
     
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    MightyCucumber

    MightyCucumber Valued Member Member

    Thanks for all the responses guys. ;) I'll keep them in my backyard then, and away from the tank!
     
  8. K

    Kwig Well Known Member Member

    That being said, you could make a basket for the roots. Once it's big enough to send out runners, they'd look nice draped down the side of the tank. I have a pothos clipping I'm doing this with but the roots are really long and thick and I let them hang in the water. My Amano shrimp pretty much stay in them.
     
  9. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    That's not a dracaena, which is curly bamboo.


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  10. CindiL

    CindiL Fishlore Legend Member

    Actually, curly bamboo is a type of dracena. If you google it you will be amazed at how many dracena varieties they are. I don't think its a dracena though either :)
     
  11. Bijou88

    Bijou88 Well Known Member Member

    There are like 30 different kinds of plants that are dracaena....

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  12. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    Yea what I meant is the plant in the pic is not a dracaena, the scientific name of curly bamboo.
     




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