Wrong plants

  1. Mallorysmith44 Member Member

    So I recently figured out that I accidentally bought plants for my aquarium that are not meant to fully submerged in water but they seem to be doing fine in my tank and I have had them for several weeks. So do you guys think I need to take them out or not? Can they hurt anything?
  2. cheese Member Member

    you could tie them to some taller driftwood, put them in a floating breeder net, use bricks to raise any potted plants up closer to the top...what type of plants are they?

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  3. Mallorysmith44 Member Member

    This is so bad but I honestly can't remember. And I never thought about that.
  4. Aquaphobia Fishlore Legend Member

    Can you post a picture?
  5. Mallorysmith44 Member Member



    The second pictures it's the one in the front.
  6. Aquaphobia Fishlore Legend Member

    The first one is dracaena, the second looks like peace lily. I would get them out of there before they start to rot, but do it slowly. Having been immersed for so long it will be a shock to suddenly find themselves in the relatively dry air we breathe;)

    They do make nice houseplants though!
  7. Mallorysmith44 Member Member

    Ok thank you so much for the help.
  8. Aquaphobia Fishlore Legend Member

    If you want something that looks similar but is aquatic there are various types of Amazon sword, Anubias, and Cryptocoryne that might make nice substitutes for the Peace Lily. The dracaena is a little trickier to replace. Variegated leaves are not common in aquatic plants! For the vertical look though you might choose narrow-leaf sword (Echinodorus tenellus) or some type of vallisneria. Corkscrew Val is nice!
  9. Mallorysmith44 Member Member

    Ok thanks I'll defiantly have to get some to replace so I'll try to find some of these that you listed for me and check them out.
  10. Maxi1 Member Member

    You have to read labels carefully, I have done the same thing. Petco used to be bad about having those kind of plants in the fish area in with regular aquarium plants. May still do it.
  11. Chipmason3 Member Member

    Petsmart has them mixed together the fully submersible plants to the partially submersible. Had to read the labels to see which was which
  12. DoubleDutch Fishlore VIP Member

    I earlier mixed up the Piece Lily with anubias that looked alike. So this could be an Anubia. If so it shouldn't be planted in the substrate but attached to a rock / piece of wood.
  13. Aquaphobia Fishlore Legend Member

    It does look very similar to an Anubias I had but that one grew about 2 feet in height and there was no way it could fit in the small tank I had. So either way, you'll probably need to remove that plant;)
  14. Mallorysmith44 Member Member

    Yes I got them from petsmart and then went back weeks later and realized that I had made the mistake. But they are out and I have new plants that are actually for aquariums and can be fully submerged. [​IMG]
  15. Mallorysmith44 Member Member

    I'm going to make a small area for them to go in in my other tank so they can stick out like they are suppose to
  16. Aquaphobia Fishlore Legend Member

    Your tank looks great!
  17. Mallorysmith44 Member Member

    Thanks I've just had to redo it here about a week ago had some problems with the nitrate levels so had to uproot everything and do a full gravel vacuum. But I love the way it turned out. And my fish seem to enjoy it better.
  18. LJC6780 Well Known Member Member

    I totally just bought the same plants from petco. They also had a small stalk of lucky bamboo with them. I've taken them out and planted in very moist soil and am going to let them dry out slowly. They were fully submerged in the tank when I bought them ...
  19. Aquaphobia Fishlore Legend Member

    Keep misting them or somehow keep the humidity up until they've had a chance to adjust to the dryer air;)