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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-03-2012, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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got my first plants,can you identify?

hi guys

just got back from fish store over an hour or so ago. i purchased a small piece of live driftwood,it has a plant allready growing on it,the guy says he thinks its java fern,i have checked with google images when i got home but i cant really tell if it is or not,could anyone help me identify it please???

i placed the driftwood in the corner just below my filter ,is this good positioning or should i have it in the opposite end of the tank away from the filter??


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java fern side view 1.jpg

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the guy also threw in for free 5 or 6 pieces of floating plant,he said it is called frogs bit,looks pretty and he said it grows quick,ive just wondering is it any good for a betta tank? he also threw in for free a small piece of java moss so i wrapped that around the driftwood and i hope it will spread around the tank, ill also enclose a pic of the frogs bit just in case it is not frogs bit

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 11-03-2012, 09:05 PM
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Its a variety of anubias that has longer leaves, looks like it is in horrible condition though. Cut those leaves off.

Frogbit is a nice plant, bettas enjoy the roots at the surface. Great plant.

Make sure you have a 6500k bulb or else most plants won't grow.


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i have just regular bulbs that came with my tank,they are brand new,no money for any more equipment at the moment :(

how do i go about cutting the leaves off,do i cut them all off?what will be left of the plant?how will it regrow
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blurrinesssss

First picture doesnt look like an anubias. I would say it's crypt ir some kind of sword plant.

or.... it's just an anubias in realllllly bad shape.


2nd picture...
although very blurry, those looks like dwarf water lettuce...

so google frog bit and dwarf water lettuce. frog bit has circular leaves whilst dwarf water lettuce has ovular leaves. both are very nice floater imo

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I guess if the plant is in the driftwood and it is that bad it could be a sword plant. That is what I though at first actually.

Well, not having proper lights is honestly just gonna make you think plants are hard. It is setting yourself up to fail in a matter of a couple weeks if that. Definitely get all the proper things to house/keep something before you get it. Plants may grow a bit, but not as much with a plant specific bulb (It also makes the tank look much better).


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i did ask on the forum before i got the plant if i could keep any successfully with the regular bulb i have in my hood, some guys said yes get java fern and java moss :( ill cut a few of the brown leaves off and ill put some foil around where the light is on the hood to make it reflective and will see what happens in a few weeks,if it fails then i wont be too dissapointed,my next tank ill go for a full soil based heavy planted system
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it's not too hard to find 6500k lighting for hoods :O look around a bit.
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I know walmart has a 10 watt CFL that's 6500K for under 3 dollars :)

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on the inside of my hood theres a sticker that says warning do not put any bulbs more than 25 watts in as it can cause fire.. should i ignore this?? its an aqueon 14 gallon tank,hood came with it
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A cfl 25w is way more than enough lighting :)
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