What plant is this? Can it be kept submerged?

MightyCucumber

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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
 

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

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

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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.
 

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

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