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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-30-2002, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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You guys ever think of keeping tall bamboo stalks in your tanks? Keeping the leaves above water of course.
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Hmmm, never thought about it. The roots aren't exactly pretty. Do you mean to actually plant the roots in the substrate and let the stems grow out the top of the tank? I've kept them with the roots sumberged, but not in substrate. Don't know how they would do in a substrate. Might be pretty cool, though!

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Im going to try it in a mini hex I bought a while back, I'll let you know how it works out. The water depth will be about 12"'s.
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I found a guy whos selling 24" stalks. He told me its alright to submerge 3/4's of the stalk. Time to pay a visit to the 75 gal =) I'll post pics when the stalks arrive.
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Wow, that's going to look really cool! Where can you get the stalks and how much do they cost? I want a few for the back ground of my 55g!

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Then you guys have no glass tops or hoods on your aquariums ? That would be an interesting look indeed...
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No, with my Hatchetfish, my glass lids are sealed TIGHT! I would have to trim perfectly around a stalk on the rear strip to allow the bamboo to grow through without opening a gap. I once let the top glass panes sit apart with no more than 1/4" between them and a Hatchetfish jumped between the crack and landed on the glass and dried to a crisp under the PC lighting.

I wish they had even taller stalks than 24". My tank is 20" tall and you wouldn't see more than 4" of the stalk on top, and with the new hood I'm building, you'd see hardly anything at all!

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I have no glass hoods at the moment, just a canopy. I may add hoods to protect my bulbs though, not sure yet though.
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Yeah Well Ill I know is I could never get the darn things to grow!!! Well good Luck to you!!
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My mom has them in a vase. They are a variety that go into a corkscrew at the top. They are in a vase in about 8" of water right now. They are about 2' tall. The roots are ugly though. They arn't in a substrate.


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well if you are talking about lucky bamboo, which is Dracaena Sanderana, it will work, but the thing is, they dont grow. They are the tops cut of of the orginal plant, and all they will do is grow leaves, and roots. I have lots of these plants around my house, and one stuck in the back of my aquarium. If you want really large stalks, go on ebay, or just search for lucky bamboo online, you will find tons of info, and people selling stalks of 5 feet or more, in straight, spirals, and curved shapes. they will grow in substrate i keep my plants in silca sand in jars, epoxy coated aquarium gravel and they do very well, they arent very expensive so try it out.
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The ones that are curly at the top are known as "Lucky bamboo. The Vietnamese stores and markets around here all sell them. I was thinking of setting up a nano tank with these and some hair grass and Betta in my kitchen window sill and just let it get natural light. i think some giant stalks in a big tank, planted in a grouping would look way cool.
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I'm thinking of getting some bambo and sticking them in some Flourite substrate in a very small fish bowl and keep a beta in it. No light requirements because I will keep it next to a window and that should be enough light to keep the bambo happy and the betta with a smile!!!


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Yeah!! I agree of the betta ideas! I should try that out too because I can get it REALLY cheap for really small, small, medium, ect peices!
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