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Question What to do with bamboo . . .

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This is what I have so far but the bamboo isn't working for me at all. . . .any ideas?
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first of all, bamboo will not grow completely submersed in water. You will want to try to get the leafy portion out of the water.
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i didn't think bamboo was an emersed plant? i thought they died after about 6 months emersed. maybe get a riparium planter (hydrophyte's, on here, seem to be pretty good: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/me...ydrophyte.html i'd maybe PM them and see if you can't get a planter by itself?) and put it in there. there's DIY methods for riparium planters too if you don't want to pay shipping/whatever they charge.
of course, that won't really work if you have a lid... can't you just plant bamboo in plain dirt pots? either way, then it'll be out of your tank.
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first of all, bamboo will not grow completely submersed in water. You will want to try to get the leafy portion out of the water.
+1 yep
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makes nice office decor. either way, get it out of your substrate. You can stick it in your HOB even.

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Alright took your guys advice the bamboo is now siting happily on my desk. Thank You so much
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If the top portion gets wet it normally kills the plant in a few days it will turn yellow and noting will save it at that point short of cutting it down. When propagating them I had such an issues with it I now dip the tops in wax. I just can't get it to regrow thick no matter what I do.
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The stores might give you an impression that lucky bamboo is an aquatic plant or even a emersed plant, but lucky bamboo is barely even an amphibious plant. It actually does better in well watered potting mix.
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The stores might give you an impression that lucky bamboo is an aquatic plant or even a emersed plant, but lucky bamboo is barely even an amphibious plant It actually does better in well watered potting mix.
Your 100% right its actually in the lily family its not even bamboo in the slightest other then looks.
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You can make a background wall of bamboo, or a semi-wall, circular bamboos shelter, but your bamboos must be a lot taller than the one u have in the picture. Here's what I did with my bamboos
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You can make a background wall of bamboo, or a semi-wall, circular bamboos shelter, but your bamboos must be a lot taller than the one u have in the picture. Here's what I did with my bamboos
That is so pretty! I may do that when mine gets bigger that's a cool idea. . .I just have it in a jar of water with some fluorite and old gravel Name:  bamboo.png
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The leaves are now dark green instead of bright green. . .is that bad?
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I have always wanted to try growing equisetums in my tank. They are *amphibious* plants that grow around the edges of lakes and swamps here in Louisiana. They are beautiful and are used in pond landscapes a lot.

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There is a dwarf Horsetail (does that make it a 'pony tail'?) that might work in a riparium. In a pond, Equisetums can be quite invasive. I see them wild here in CA, too. A stream or edge of a lake can be taken over by them.
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Lucky Bamboo isn't. It isn't a bamboo at all. (and when the plant dies it's not lucky either) Bamboo is a grass. A very large grass in most cases. I've got some that's 50' or better. And 3-4" in diameter. (Old Hamii) I'm waiting for it to get a little larger so I can get me some indoor plumbing.

Lucky Bamboo is actually Dracaena sanderiana and while it can grow in water, it does much, much better in soil. Just like any other Dracaena.

So what to do with Dracaena sanderiana? Plant it in a pot and put it in indirect lighting. Putting it in water is like torturing your pet dog.

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Lucky Bamboo isn't. It isn't a bamboo at all. (and when the plant dies it's not lucky either) Bamboo is a grass. A very large grass in most cases. I've got some that's 50' or better. And 3-4" in diameter. (Old Hamii) I'm waiting for it to get a little larger so I can get me some indoor plumbing.

Lucky Bamboo is actually Dracaena sanderiana and while it can grow in water, it does much, much better in soil. Just like any other Dracaena.

So what to do with Dracaena sanderiana? Plant it in a pot and put it in indirect lighting. Putting it in water is like torturing your pet dog.
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