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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-16-2003, 12:59 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 5.5 gallon which i want to plant but i don't want to spend very much money. i like aquariumplants.com but there shipping is very expensive unless you buy a lot of plants. i have seen the plant bulbs at wal-mart and i was wondering if they really work and if they can turn into good looking aquarium plants. i only have 10 watts so i have lowlighting. the plant bulbs are the kind of price im looking for tho. have any of you had any success. plus rite now the tank is cycling and i have one of my goldfish in there, if i get this product i will need to take him out rite? because goldfish eat everything. :shock: o wel. sorry for my confusing writing skills.
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-16-2003, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
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o yea. and i also have decent water paremeters and a small filter and i have small gravel with iron substrate. no CO2
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Id have to say that I cannot think of a more simpler plant to start with than the walmart bulbs, which are typically Aponogeton Ulvacea. They will throw up leaves and runners even with ambient room light, and if you can retrofit a small flourescent bulb into your hood that is all they will ever need. Ive used hundreds of them over the years, as wal mart has been selling them a loooong time.

Here's exactly what will happen if you use them:

You place 4-5 of the furry brown bulbs into your tank, and let them sink. Of them, about 2-3 will sprout out of one side of the bulb; this is the leaf and stem emersion, and out of the other side roots will develop.

Move them to where you want them at this phase before they root heavily, yes I think a goldfish would eat up all the green shoots. On internal nutrient stores within the bulb, the plant will send up lily pads (yes, lily pads!!) and long flowing leaves regardless of your light quality. Some are short and some are long (standard Mendelian plant genetics) and some live for a while and yet others only last two week. Long term success is governed by your lighting and your water params, and if the plants mature they will completely fill up a tank of that size and make a root ball the size of your entire tank. Without CO2 injection, I predict they will stay a good medium size in your nano tank.

Good luck, they are easy plants.

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cool. i oughta try that to fill the gaps in my tank. im thinking about getting anacharis to fill an empty corner, bulbs to fill empty spaces, and lawn type plant for open space area (not much space). thats after i get my extra lighting. i think 20something watts is enough for 5.5 gallon. These nano tanks are pretty shallow, so light penetrates easily.
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What dept. do they have the plant bulbs at in wal mart? The garden section or the aquarium section? I never noticed them
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The bulbs are in the pet section. And in a 5.5 gallon tank is going to be overgrown with just one or two of these bulbs. And in no way is a 5.5 gallon tank large enough for a goldfish.
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this is an old post. i have redone my tank like 3 or 4 times since then. the goldfish is in a 20 gallon. he was only there for like a week or less.
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Well I have had golfish and the "WALMART" bulbs and they did VERY well for a year or so... The golfish didnt eat the plants but the Runners I never saw neither the lilies? ODD......... :?

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Man! Good to be back! I have been soo consumed with my saltwater tank and school it's just so sad to let my empty fishtanks go to waste!

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Well I have had golfish and the "WALMART" bulbs and they did VERY well for a year or so... The golfish didnt eat the plants but the Runners I never saw neither the lilies? ODD......... :?

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Could any one post or link to any photos of what the plants look like. Thanks.
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those are the lilys
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post #12 of 24 (permalink) Old 04-15-2004, 09:02 PM
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wow great plant! are you sure its an aponogeton? it looks like a
tiger lotus nymphaea? if it is im heading to walmart!
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That is a lotus, and from what I have heard, they can be found in those bulb packs.....


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hey i used your photo for my desktop wallpaper! it looks great!

how will these do in harder water? i had one in my kribensis tank
underbright light and it did well but i didnt really know what i was doing then haha. it stayed pretty small but was beautiful anyway.
i want one for a centerpeice plant
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hey i used your photo for my desktop wallpaper! it looks great!

how will these do in harder water? i had one in my kribensis tank
underbright light and it did well but i didnt really know what i was doing then haha. it stayed pretty small but was beautiful anyway.
i want one for a centerpeice plant
Define hard water? They should be fine. But they get big. I have one like the pic in my tank and the leaves are 6-8inches across....

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