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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-31-2013, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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Peacock Fern

I just recently purchased a peacock fern and I have some questions.
First, how well would it grow in a low light setting? (3 LED'S)
Second, it has started to turn clear after about a week of having it in my tank.
(I just have the "roots" buried in some stones) not a NPT
Last, what are some other plants that would work well in a 5 gal with 3 LED'S?

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 03-31-2013, 04:06 PM
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I will be keeping an eye on this thread because I also got a peacock fern over a week ago and it's not doing very well at all :/ it's in a natural jar, I call them my grow out jars, with soil and capped with gravel and it's "melting" however I was told to make sure the top of the plant was above the water because it needs oxygen straight from the air. I've done this and still it's "clear" like yours. There was nothing on the instructions about not fully submerging it, so idk :/ but try getting it to where part of it is above the water? or try floating it.

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Never thought about that, that could work!
But the way my tank is set up, it would be near impossible to have it above water.
If that is the case, then I would have to scrap the plant and try something else...
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Peacock ferns aren't aquatic.
They're bog plants, i've been told. Quickly looking them up shows they're a tropical plant.

I'll go look up some info on them.
Petsmart suckered me in on this and I've forgotten what to do, since mine died. xD

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http://www.botanykingdom.com/thechosenones.htm
http://www.araflora.com/p1264/selagi...i_peacock_fern
http://www.gardening.eu/arc/plants/A...61/index_a.asp

In other words, it should do just fine potted.

But, if it was in one of those TopFin tubes, it may have been mis-labeled too. I've heard of that happening.


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Yeah like I said they have to have part of their leaves above the water to get oxygen from the air :/

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They shouldn't be in water at all, according to quite a few sites and forums. They should be potted in a mixed substrate.

Which explains why mine died, it was too wet, not in mixed substrate, and I fail with potted plants in general. xD

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Lol, me too! which is why I only have a dwarf anubias and a moss ball. Almost impossible to kill.xD

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My moss ball is dying actually lol it's in the same jar as the peacock fern -_- that's a shame, the peacock fern is soooo pretty D:

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I do alright with tank plants.
I've some amazon swords, a few little grass like plants I've forgotten the names of, duckweed (anyone can grow duckweed), some other floating ones I've forgotten, 2 moss balls.

Uhm.. Did you rinse the ball with tap water? if so, it may have absorbed some chlorine into it's center and that'd be whats killing it. Just rinse it out again, squeeze it out real good, and put it in a bowl of tank water and see if that helps it.

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peacock fern nearly killed our first sorority...we didn't know it wasn't aquatic, put it in and in a matter of hours it had disintegrated, caused the water to stink of sulfur, and had all the girls lying in the gravel.

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