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True Aquatic Plant?

Hi i bought an aquatic plant at petco called Mondo Grass. i looked it up and now im pissed because its not an aquatic plant. does this look like mondo grass?
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yeah, looks like it
put it in a pot with some dirt, instant houseplant!
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I potted some... It wilted up and died in like 2 days.... shouldve have just never touched it..
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yeah, looks like it
put it in a pot with some dirt, instant houseplant!
im probably going to return it though. i dont want another house plant. as soon as i get more opinions its gone.
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I potted some... It wilted up and died in like 2 days.... shouldve have just never touched it..
so your saying its not an aquatic plant? and it is mondo grass? im not looking for experience, this is more of an id thread.
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so your saying its not an aquatic plant? and it is mondo grass? im not looking for experience, this is more of an id thread.
not an aquatic plant, is mondo grass, yes.
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is it ok if i leave it in their for a day until i can return it?
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Hi i just inspected the plant. it has some kind of clear glossy/waxy stuff coming off of the base of some of the leaves. what is that?
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I have mine in a plastic soap dish holder attached with suction cups to the back of the tank . The roots are in the water and half the plant is out..... Good for sucking up those nitrates !
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Hi i just inspected the plant. it has some kind of clear glossy/waxy stuff coming off of the base of some of the leaves. what is that?
I think that is probably the waxy stuff that Petco packs the roots of their plants in. It came on a few of my plants when I got them.

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I like the idea of the soap dish! I will have to try that.
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It is a semi aquatic plant.

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Mondo Grass, Ophiopogon sp. is not an aquatic plant. They do fine in a damp setting, such as roots in the tank, leaves exposed, or in an emersed sump sort of planting, they are good near a pond, or in a shade garden. They gradually spread and become a ground cover, and are especially appreciated in containers and Japanese gardens. They work well around stepping stones, staying low enough to step over, and do not form runners that might trip you. Runners are underground, and not rampant or invasive. The basic green is the most common, but there are related species that are black (just about the darkest plant, it really looks black) and variegated. There are related plants that get a bit larger (Liriope sp). All of these are garden plants, not aquarium plants.

Under water they will sort of hang in there a while, but they are really slowly dying, not thriving.

Similar plants that are better in the tank:
There are some dwarf species of Sag, Vals and Echinodous that will give you that grassy look, and can stay low.

I had some Mondo grass that I placed above the water in a low end brackish tank, and it survived (died slowly). It lasted longer than I thought it would based on the salt level. These are durable little plants!
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I really wish they'd quit selling mondo grass as an aquatic plant. Its most common use is in landscaping as a border plant. I have tons of it growing as a border for all my flowerbeds.

This is what mondo grass really looks like:


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