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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-04-2007, 10:11 PM Thread Starter
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oygenating plants

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does anybody know if the oxygenating plants for aquariums are the same as for fish ponds? i bought some for my tank the other day and it looks the same as what is in my mums pond. if it is the same, could i transfer some from the pond into my tank, obviously after cleaning thoroughly?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-05-2007, 12:00 AM
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Yes, from my perspective, it's mostly marketing terms.

Immersed aquarium plants are sold as aquatic plants. Immersed pond plants are sold as oxygenating plants. One caveat is that the light level for ponds in direct sunlight is difficult to replicate indoors, at least without huge electric bills. So, some immersed pond plants won't get enough light to do very well in a indoor aquarium.

One fun thing is that some extremely adaptable plants can also be found sold as ordinary garden plants. For example, Lysimachia nummularia (creeping jenny) does OK immersed in an aquarium, emersed in a tub and planted as an ordinary garden plants. It even does reasonably well in a drought when it doesn't get quite enough water to thrive. Usually it's easier to convert a plant from emersed to immersed than the other way, so you can take advantage of the cheaper price of Lysimachia nummularia raised as a garden plant and divide it so some goes in the garden and some goes in the tub/pond.
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Yep, very same. Cabomba, hornwort and there's another ~ hydrilla? Name escapes me at the moment. I have all three in my ponds and they're the very same as the ones in everyone's aquariums.

Ruki's also right about some terrestrial plants also being used as pond plants. Pennywort and Lobelia cardinalis are two more. I've seen some pics of the emersed form of some hygros and they sure look familiar to me, too (I'm a life-long terrestrial gardener).

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many thanks
i will see how the plant does in my tank first, then all the free weed i wnt !!! lol....

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