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bamboo in aquarium?

Has anyone used bamboo in their setups? Is this a good way to naturally clean tank also?

Thinking of putting some in with the tops sticking out of the water. Not sure if it would look right...
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If you use it, soak it for a LONG time, several months. I recently put 2 tubes in my 30 gallon tank and lost my big male bristlenose pleco and one big fancy goldfish because of all the stuff it kept releasing in the water.
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Are you talking about lucky bamboo that is actually alive, or dead bamboo shoots? Lucky bamboo is fine ... it's not even really bamboo. Dead bamboo shoots just rot.
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Bamboo will start to rot and make a mess pretty quick if you put it in the water.
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Are you talking about lucky bamboo that is actually alive, or dead bamboo shoots? Lucky bamboo is fine ... it's not even really bamboo. Dead bamboo shoots just rot.
yeah lucky bamboo, I heard it can clean water soaking up through its roots. It wont rot if top part is sticking out of water with leaves?
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yeah lucky bamboo, I heard it can clean water soaking up through its roots. It wont rot if top part is sticking out of water with leaves?
No, if the leaves are sticking out of the water, it will be fine.

As someone on another forum said "it won't win you any aquascaping contests" ... but I like it in the right amount, set up in the right way.
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No, if the leaves are sticking out of the water, it will be fine.

As someone on another forum said "it won't win you any aquascaping contests" ... but I like it in the right amount, set up in the right way.
"it won't win you any aquascaping contests" lol
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Lucky bamboo is easy enough to grow, but if you want to grow plants above water in your fish tank that are other choices that are much more attractive.
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Dracaena braunii, Ribbon Dracaena, Lucky Bamboo, Belgian Evergreen or sometimes Ribbon Plant

"it won't win you any aquascaping contests"

lmao, may be right their!
in some settings it's looks alright.
shame i can't find any pics before i cut the tops off this one about two weeks ago. it was jambed up to the cover.
now the stalk is leafing<(lol, is that even a real word?) and the tops are pushing up nice!









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Sorry, I was referring to some cut bamboo tubes I had.
Anyway . . .
Freshwater Acclimated Red Mangrove looks real nice, instead of, or with lucky bamboo. I still have some available for sale or trade, PM me if you would like a few.
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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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Here's a true bamboo that I have been growing in my Mr. Aqua riparium setup, Pleioblastus fortunei. Most bamboos do not liek to have their roots permanently wet, but P. fortunei can grow well in swampy conditions and sometimes it's planted along the edges of ponds.



It looks nice, but grows awful slow.





I have heard that Buddha belly bamboo (Bambusa ventricosa) can also grow in the water.
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i haven't found that to be the case with BB. When my house flooded the BB died off.

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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.

"Lucky Bamboo isn't. It isn't a bamboo at all"

i guess that means a cat fish isn't a cat at all?..........lol



funny if you look up Dracaena braunii and or Dracaena sanderiana you get
Ribbon Dracaena, Lucky Bamboo, Belgian Evergreen or sometimes Ribbon Plant

"torturing your pet dog"?....................really?
mine seem to like it's living conditions quite well thank you i've yet to hear it complain once
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Lucky bamboo isn't even a real plant.

It's a marketing gimmick.
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