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Old 02-17-2014, 03:31 PM   #1 
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My fish came with some floaters...

Hi! So, I wasn't planning on having a planted tank, but the pet store where I bought my fish keeps their bettas with a little plant cutting in their bowl. I wasn't expecting them to give me the plant, but they did (which I thought was nice), and the guy in the store just told me to trim it if it gets too big, or take it out when it dies. I thought I might as well try to keep it alive for as long as possible, so I'd like to know what it is. I'm hoping someone could help me with this.

It's kind of caught in the leaves of one of my artificial plants.
I thought this might be anacharis, but it has a brown stem, so I'm not sure.

There were also a few shoots of what I think might be duckweed. Can anyone confirm this?



And is there anything special I need to know about them?

Raiju is in a 5.5 gallon heated and filtered tank.
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Old 02-17-2014, 04:34 PM   #2 
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Not anacharis. Looks like some sort of hygrophila( maybe). The small floater is duckweed. It grows and reproduces very quickly and is very good for your water, but it WILL cover the surface of your tank so be ready to remove some on a weekly basis.
Good luck!
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Old 02-17-2014, 06:11 PM   #3 
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Star grass?
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Old 02-18-2014, 03:33 AM   #4 
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It looks like guppy grass,najas guadalupensis. I've had this plant before in a lo tech setup but I don't remember it having a brown stem.
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Old 02-18-2014, 05:51 AM   #5 
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That's kinda cool that they keep there bettas in bowls with live floating plants.

Most stores around here keep them in little cups even non-corporate stores.
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Old 02-18-2014, 09:50 AM   #6 
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Thanks, everyone.
From what I can tell, it looks most similar to guppy grass. It would make sense as well, since it seems to be a low maintenance plant, and I don't think they'd put a plant that would die easily in with their bettas.


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That's kinda cool that they keep there bettas in bowls with live floating plants.

Most stores around here keep them in little cups even non-corporate stores.
Yeah, I thought it was really cool too. My local pet shop is really passionate about taking care of their animals, and all the staff really know their stuff, which is why I bought my fish there.
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