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Re: Plants for a shiner tank

There is something to this:
Begginer's plants are usually bunch plants that grow rapidly and can be
harvested easily under the RIGHT CONDITIONS.  That is a key phraze.
They're readily harvestable, because you can usually just clip them in two
and have two plants.  Think Elodea (Anacharis.)  They usually like bright
light, and often cool water (which is ideal for a native tank...).  Many
of these plants are actually natives to the americas.  Again, think Eldoa.
Cabasmba is found locally here.  Hornwort grows all over.  This makes them
ready and easy to gather... as well as cheap.  This is why they're
begginners plants: not because they're so easy to grow. 
For great begginers plants, I think Anubias, Java Fern, Brazil Sword,
"Mystery BUlbs (usually wind up being Arrowhead or Lily Pads) and so forth
make great aditions.   These plants also have another great advantage over
the bunch plants:  They're larger leaved and won't be eaten, but still can
provide quite a bit of shelter for fry.  Brazil Sword is a good example,
as its long roots and numerous stalks provide plenty of hiding places.
Unfortunately, these plants generally run about $5 each, as compared to a
$.99 bunch of anacharis.  

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On Mon, 10 Aug 1998, D. Martin Moore wrote:

> > Martin, 
> >   If it makes you feel any better, I can't grow val worth a damn either.
> > :)  I manage to grow all the "impossible" ones and kill off all the easy
> > ones.   My Java Moss dies off, while the Fern flourishes alongside the
> > Lace Plants... etc. etc.
> That's what I don't get.  I can also grow MLLP's, plus C. balansae, 
> etc., but the "beginner's" plants always die :-(
> Prost,
> Martin
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