FAQ: Resources for Aquatic Plants and Related Items

last updated July 2000

This section contains mail-order sources for much of the plant-related items discussed elsewhere. They are all listed here so this section can be kept up-to-date without the bother of changing the others. Oh, one more thing, these are United States sources, and will probably be useless to the rest of the world (feel free to volunteer info for other countries, and we will try to add it).

Mail-Order Plants

Arizona Aquatic Gardens

Large selection listed in their catalog, and prices are quite low.

Aquarium Driftwood
PO Box 91491
Mobile AL 36691
phone 334-345-2323

Their selection is more limited than other sources. Check their web pages for online catalog, etc.

Natural Aquarium and Terrarium
3209 Bouquet Road
Pacific, MO 63069
phone 800-423-4717, 314-458-4717 FAX 314-458-9722

Reasonable prices, and easy-to-comprehend catalog. They also sell books, driftwood, Dupla and other plant-growing products.

Tropica plants are known worldwide for their quality. Unfortunately, due to the United States import/export laws, they are not available in this country. Check their web site for details on availability throughout the rest of the world.

Horizon Growers
PO Box 2330
Ramona, CA 92065
phone 619-789-2983, FAX 619-789-0297

Horizon has licensed the Tropica name and supposedly uses the Tropica "method" of hydroponic growing in the US. However, they are not otherwise related, and Tropica has no actual control over Horizon's quality. Some have reported problems with delivered selection, and inclusion of bog plants unless they specify otherwise.

Hobbyist growers
There may be hobbyists in your area willing to trade cuttings. Consider joining an aquarium society, or you may be able to locate people through internet mailing lists.

Please send names of your favorite supplier; this section could be expanded.

Hardware Suppliers

When this FAQ was originally written in 1994, there were only two options used by most people: Dupla or Do-It-Yourself. In recent years, many suppliers of specialized aquatic plant hardware have emerged, more than would be practical to track here. Most of the big mail-order companies carry a selection of plant hardware. Some sources frequently cited (by others than just their proprietor) are listed below:

Dupla supplies CO2 equipment, fertilizers, and heating cable systems, among many other nifty expensive specialty products. Dupla is now without an importer for the United States.

Dave Gomberg assembles CO2 injection systems (utilizing Eheim diffusers), sells Tropica Mastergrow fertilizer, and a variety of other gadgets. He is also the publisher of Planted Aquarium Magazine.

Aquarium Hobbyist Supply sells inexpensive compact fluorescent lighting setups.

Shoeler Enterprises is mainly known for Substrate Gold, a laterite.

Monolith Marine Monsters stocks assorted plant hardware, including CO2 injection systems.

Do-It-Yourself CO2 Supplies

You can get many of the supplies for building your own CO2 injector from local welding shops and carbonated beverage distributors. Some of the equipment has been found particularly inexpensive:

Aquatic Plants E-Mail List

(This came from Shaji Bhaskar) The aquatic plant mailing list is intended to be a medium for exchange of information about all aspects of growing aquatic plants as a hobby. Postings on both aquarium plants and pond plants are welcome. Topics of discussion include (but are not limited to):
  1. Individual plant species (identification, cultivation, propagation, etc.)
  2. Aquascaping
  3. Substrates - pros and cons of commercial substrate additives, potting soil, peat, etc.
  4. Water conditioners and fertilizers
  5. Hardware - heaters, filters, surface skimmers, etc.
  6. Compatibility of fish and other organisms with aquatic plants
  7. Trades/exchanges between hobbyists (advertisements from commercial-scale operations are not permitted.)
To subscribe, send the following in the body (not subject line) of an e-mail message to ``Majordomo@actwin.com'':

          subscribe aquatic-plants

Siamese Algae Eaters

The Siamese Algae Eater, Crossocheilus siamensis, the only fish known to eat red algae, was not generally available in the United States until recently; lately, it seems several wholesalers have been starting to import them, so you may have better luck locally. (They may be sold as "Algae Eating Sharks", "Siamese Flying Fox", etc. Make sure to ID the fish carefully; they may be the so-called "False Siamensis").

A good identification article by Neil Frank and Liisa Sarakontu is freely available at http://www.aquatic-gardeners.org/cyprinid.html.

Aquatic Gardeners Association

``Purpose of the AGA:
  1. disseminate information about aquatic plants
  2. to study and improve upon techniques for culturing aquatic and bog plants in aquariums and ponds.
  3. to increase interest in aquatic gardening
  4. to promote fellowship among its members.
The journal of the AGA is called The Aquatic Gardener and we put out 6 of these a year. The publication is usually 25-30 pages long and contains good info. Membership dues are $15.00yr, U.S./Canada/Mexico and $28.00/yr, all other countries.

Send check or money order to

Jack O'Leary
71 Ring Road
Plympton, MA 02367-1406 (USA)

(All funds must be in U.S. Currency)

AGA is a non-profit organization.


(This list originally came from George Booth)

Plant basics

Plant Identification and Culturing

Technical Setup, Equipment and Maintenance

Web and FTP Sites

More detailed information on plants and planted tanks can be obtained from ``the Krib'' World Wide Web pages (http://www.thekrib.com).

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