Plant ID and fertilizer tablets
Subject: Plant identification
> There are two that I couldn't identify from the books I have. O
> was sold to me as Dragon plant. The leaves are shaped and color
> Java Fern (sometimes I mistake the two), but the undersides are
> purple, much like the color of red cabbage. So far, they grow w
> leaf per stem.
"Dragon Plant" is the name often given to plants in the
Hemigraphis family. These are non-aquatic "house plants". OTOH,
they are stem plants with the leaves growing off a central stem.
If the leaves are growing one on each stem from a rosette at the
bottom, it is probably a Cryptocoryne of some sort, which will
make a very nice addition to your tank.
> Another plant was sold to me as Arrow Head, but it looks nothing
> arrowhead in B&R Vol.1. The leaves are shaped like Lotus lily,
> free-flowing; the stalks are more bunched up like celery, and th
> about 15 on that plant. The leaves are white in the centre, bo
> light green.
This I'm sure is Syngonium, another non-aquatic. It will
eventually die in the aquarium.
> The last one I suspect is Loosestrife. It is light green, and t
> leaves on top are light pink. I might not be providing enough i
Loosestrife (Lythrum) is a large woody perennial with small green
leaves. It grows with its feet in water (or damp soil) but most
of the plant is emersed. The pink on the top of the plant is its
numerous tiny flowers. This is a beautiful plant, but a
_TERRIBLY_ invasive foreigner. I doubt this is really what you
have in your tank, as it's not unusual for a single plant to grow
4-6' tall. But if it _is_ what you have, be _very_ careful when
you dispose of it after it outgrows your tank. These plants are
out-competing native bog plants in large sections of the country.
Don't let it get away!!!
If what you have is a stem plant, it could be one of several
plants. Many plants develop red or pink tips when grown emersed
or under very good light. My best bets from what you've told us
so far would be a variety of Hygrophila polysperma or possible
Subject: Fertilizer sticks
Wayne Neyman wrote:
> I no longer use them, and prefer to use his <DAI> plant tablets,
> and a little "dirty" water from another inhabited tank.
Of course, Mikes tablets contain nitrate and phosphate too ;-)
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