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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-05-2013, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Plant Damaging

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I'm new to live plants. I can't recall the name of the plant I have (its in the left hand corner at the back of my tank in my picture). The roots are wrapped in some sort of material and is stuffed in a terra cotta type weight. I pulled it out last night to snip off yellowing and dying leaves and I noticed a fowl smell coming from the bottom of the plant. Is this an indication that the plant is dying/decaying and should be removed or is it just what happens with plants? Any advice would be appreciated.

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 06-05-2013, 02:34 PM
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Looks like mondo grass, but I can't really tell. If so mondo grass in a non aquatic plant. It can be in the tank for a little while until it starts to rot and decay.

If its not mondo grass try seperating it from the bunch and replant since the roots are having a hard time being all clumped together.
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Hi, I had another person say it looked like mondo grass. All I can say is I bought it from a pet store? I took the plant out of the restricting cotton type covering and stuffed the weight with filter foam and pushed the plant far down so the roots stick outside the inside diameter of the weight. I use river rocks so digging plants in gravel isn't an option. I'm hoping this works better as the plant can now breath. If this font work I will try and bury them under a rock. Perhaps I bought a plant that requires more light than I have. I'm going to another aquarium store on the weekend, I'm hoping they have better recommendations. Thanks for your help, its appreciated
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Can you post a picture of it? I also think it looks like mondo grass. Many pet stores will sell non-aquatic plants as aquatic plants, even though they will eventually rot underwater.
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Are these pictures ok?
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And another view. Let me know if you want me to take it out
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I didn't know that pet stores did such a thing
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Yeah, that's mondo grass. I would remove it. If you want, you can plant it outside.
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It's out, can't even trust pet stores! Thanks I appreciate it
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I used to keep black mondo grass outside. Now you mention it I see the resemblance.
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