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Old 03-15-2011, 04:28 PM   #11 
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How tall is the plant...to me the color is wrong for mondo grass and the blade too wide as well....I thinking more vallisneria spiralis is a thin leaf species and can get 2ft tall....ask Byron he would know for sure.....
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Old 03-15-2011, 05:25 PM   #12 
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How tall is the plant...to me the color is wrong for mondo grass and the blade too wide as well....I thinking more vallisneria spiralis is a thin leaf species and can get 2ft tall....ask Byron he would know for sure.....
My tank is a 10 gallon, and the plant goes to the top of the water and curls/sits over the top of the water quite a bit, so it is longer than 12".
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Old 03-15-2011, 07:16 PM   #13 
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I have Val in my 38 gal. community tank & it looks just like that - pointy leaves & all! :)

BTW, if you want, you can cut the leaves back at a 45 degree angle.
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:08 PM   #14 
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Hey you all. I had to go to petsmart today to pick up a new 2.5 gallon tank for my moms new fish as well as some medication. ( the poor lil guy I believe was used in a fight before she got him)
I saw this plant in their tank and they had it labeled as acorus. I believe the plant I have may be an acorus.They looked very similar.
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Old 03-16-2011, 06:11 PM   #15 
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http://www.floridaaquatic.com/aquari..._pusillus.html
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Old 03-17-2011, 09:12 AM   #16 
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Does your plant have a rhizome...rush or flag plants usually have a rhizome and only get about 4-6 inches tall.....
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:25 AM   #17 
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not sure if it has rhizome or not. the bottom almost looks like an onion plant but a few of them all connected at the root base kinda.
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see how much he loves it?
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Old 03-23-2011, 12:07 PM   #18 
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I was asked to check into this, and I believe the plant is Acorus gramineus "Variegatus", commonly called Variegated Japenese Rush. Leaves are stiff, from 30-50 cm (12-20 inches) long, arising from a thick rhizome [as in the photos]. Another variant has a yellow stripe on the leaves, it is called A. gramineus var. aureovariegatus and is otherwise identical to A. grimineus "Variegatus."

There is a form called A. gramineus var. pusillus that has leaves up to 10cm (under 12 inches) and slightly wider. This one apparently is better in cooler water (below 23C/71F).

These are not true aquatic plants, but my sources say they can last up to a year submersed in aquaria. They do better partly submersed, as in a plaudarium, with the upper half of the leaves above water.

They all last longer at cooler temperatures, but Hiscock says they are OK up to 26C/79F though they will not generally last quite as long at the warmer temperatures.

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Old 03-23-2011, 12:18 PM   #19 
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Yeah, that's definitely not Mondo grass. I agree with Byron.
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