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ive heard of a really fast growing plant from tanganyika
called hydrilla or to that effect. ive been talking to a few people
that have planted tang tanks and i want some of this plant.
one guy i talked to said he went diving in the lake and pulled some
out of the water and took it home. he said nobody wanted it so
he put it in his tank and it grows really fast. supposedly it floats.

just wondering if you guys have ever heard of this plant and/or
know where to get some. oh yeah the guy i talked to lives in the netherlands.

thanks for the help
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ive heard of a really fast growing plant from tanganyika
called hydrilla or to that effect. ive been talking to a few people
that have planted tang tanks and i want some of this plant.
one guy i talked to said he went diving in the lake and pulled some
out of the water and took it home. he said nobody wanted it so
he put it in his tank and it grows really fast. supposedly it floats.

just wondering if you guys have ever heard of this plant and/or
know where to get some. oh yeah the guy i talked to lives in the netherlands.

thanks for the help
http://aquat1.ifas.ufl.edu/hydcirc.html has a good article on it.

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than ks for the link
looks like ill skip this plant haha
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Hydrilla has caused major problems here in Austin where it is invading our lake system that runs right through the middle of the city. It has even been blamed for the death of a diver (he got caught in it and couldn't get back out to surface). There are many efforts going on now to get rid of it, including lowering the lake and introducing grass carp to eat it.

Article here: http://www.dailytexanonline.com/news...l-607058.shtml
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Hydrilla is illegal in every state of this country. It is the most invasive plant in the whole world and is a world wide problem. In fact I do not think it was even native to African lakes, but was introduced and is now a major problem there as well. You can get into serious trouble for having this plant.

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thanks for all the info guys
i had no idea about this plant

hey jread you live in austin? i live in san antonio. know any good plant stores around? how is aquatek or amazonia for plants?
we should hang out sometime haha
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thanks for all the info guys
i had no idea about this plant

hey jread you live in austin? i live in san antonio. know any good plant stores around? how is aquatek or amazonia for plants?
we should hang out sometime haha
Hey there!

I find that Aquatek is the best in Austin as far as plants. They can be a little pricey, but they have the healthiest ones and the best selection.

What are the good plant stores in San Antonio? I was thinking about making a day trip down there sometime soon to hit all the LFS's.
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i guess Fintique is the best for plants. good variety and quality is usually good to ok. you have to get the plants right when they come in though, which is tuesday.

other stores that carry plants are texas tropical and marine
and alamo aquatics. sometimes you can find a few worthwhile plants at these stores but not alot. just things like crypts and
vals and swords.

does aquatek carry anubias or bolbitis? cant find these here
or they are really pricey. ive never been to aquatek before but heard lots of good things. is it worth the drive just for their plants?
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i guess Fintique is the best for plants. good variety and quality is usually good to ok. you have to get the plants right when they come in though, which is tuesday.

other stores that carry plants are texas tropical and marine
and alamo aquatics. sometimes you can find a few worthwhile plants at these stores but not alot. just things like crypts and
vals and swords.

does aquatek carry anubias or bolbitis? cant find these here
or they are really pricey. ive never been to aquatek before but heard lots of good things. is it worth the drive just for their plants?
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Aquatek has a few different kinds of Anubuas but I'm not sure about the bolbitis. I think it's worth a day trip up here to check out their stuff (plants AND fish). They are definitely the best store in Austin. Also, you can drive over to Austin Aquariums which is less than a mile away from them, and they have some decent plants from time to time. I think both stores get their shipments in on Fridays.

I'm going to have to drive down there to visit Fintique because so many people have told me good things about them.
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dont expect alot from fintique if you come down.
their fish are sometimes in bad shape and forget about trying to get any useful info out of anyone except Russ and the owner.
im not trying to badmouth the store ive bought lots of good stuff from them. sometimes though im in there and feel like i shouldnt be. like ive witnessed employees giving downright wrong advice to customers. theyre a very business-oriented store.

on the plus side, you can find some real gems -fish and plants-sometimes. luck of the draw i guess and the prices are best in town on most live items.
once again, try to go on tuesday to get best plant selection

ive never heard of Austin aquarium. what street is it on? i will check them out as well.
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Thanks for the info on Fintique.

I would also like to check out the LFS's in Houston as I go through it to go to/from my hometown in East Texas. I've heard that Houston has some of the coolest shops in the country. Would love to see them!

Visit Austin Aquariums' website for a location map: http://www.austinaquariums.com

They've only been open a year but are a nice, clean and high-tech store. Their main specialty is salt water, but you can find some nice freshwater fish and plants there sometimes. Nothing like AquaTek's freshwater selection, though. When you go to AquaTek, look for an Asian guy who works there named David. He is "plant man" if I've ever seen one! He's hooked me up with free cuttings out of the display tank a time or two.

Two other stores I frequent in Austin are Amazonia and AquaDome. Both of these stores are pretty low-tech and don't have the best fish or plants, but you can come across a gem sometimes. They also have the lowest prices in town. Aquatek and Austin Aquariums are much more expensive (but you get what you pay for).
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thanks for all the info and the link.
i think i will head to austin tomorrow
i ve been to amazonia before and it was ok
they had some cool plants but their cichlids didnt look good
i t was really dark in there too
i would also love to go to check out houstons stores.

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