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Old 10-25-2012, 05:45 PM   #31 
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I got it mixed with a very close relative and if it really did kill fish why are there so many members with it in there tanks?
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:47 PM   #32 
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Basically from what I'm gathering from the forum so far and the articles is that

*Lucky bamboo CAN die after months from living submerged (it will decay)
*Decaying leaves can harm aquatic life
*Rotting bamboo will also harm aquatic life
*It can grow as long as it is partially submerged
*It is part of Dracaena family, but does not function the same way as the other plants do.
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Yes decaying is bad but the other person said just having it in the tank kills fish which was proved wrong same with snails.
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:51 PM   #34 
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It is very possible that yes, if you're not doing your job correctly and put the bamboo full submerged in the tank, it can be harmful. Keep in mind, everyone has different water conditions and different chemicals in their water.

It's suggested not to submerge the bamboo in the water, unless you're ready to prepare for if things go downhill.
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Semi submerged is good though never heard a case of semi submerged being bad I use 7.6 PH.
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:55 PM   #36 
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I do not know who is right or wrong only from my experience with bamboo..very limited. My wife brought home a lucky bamboo from work, all the girls there had some on their work desks. So we put it in a 10g with Fred a very tough VT. The next day Fred looked awful and we took out the bamboo and did a WC. Fred was fine. The roots were kinda mushy and rotting, that is what poisoned Fred. If you do use it make sure the roots are pristine and the plant is actively growing and not in any way rotting at the root.
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Mine never rots I think you got an unhealthy one and ammonia was the problem.
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Old 10-25-2012, 05:59 PM   #38 
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Chocolate, what ammonia? You keep mentioning it but where is it coming from?

Logisticsguy, were the roots already mushy when you got it?

The base of my bamboo actully just started turning yellow, and the roots brown, but they're still stiff. I removed it just in case.

But my other one is growing, root wise which is weird. Those are long and white/orange o.O
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Rotting material like waste creates ammonia I have 5 and there all great I think the other person meant either the putty some places put on them or the gel some places put on them.
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Yeah the roots were not great when the bamboo was put in and they deteriorated much more overnight in the tank. We took it out, cut off the mushy roots and tried to get it to grow new roots in a cup. Still have it but pretty sad plant that has yet to re root itself much. Good idea to get it out if there is any question about its health.
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