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Need help identifying this plant

Hello, all, I've been trying to figure out what kind of plant I bought awhile back. The guy at the lfs I got it from did not know what it was. I figured I could do some research and find it, but so far it has been to no avail! I don't even know if this is a true aquatic. I just want to know what to call it so I don't have to keep referring to it as "that plant" and so I can know what to expect from it.

I can separate a stem from the mass if that will help.
Or if you have some links to some great websites to point me in the right direction, I'm interested! Thanks for all your help!!
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Looks like Alternanthera ficoidea to me. Unfortunately, it's not aquatic and usually lasts a couple of months underwater.

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Ah, great... thanks for your help!
I liked it so well when I first bought it that I thought I would go back for more to fill the tank in. But I wanted to know more info about it before I started going overboard. Now I will probably shy away from it. When it does shrivel up I'll look for a different plant to replace it. Thanks again!!
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Ah, great... thanks for your help!
I liked it so well when I first bought it that I thought I would go back for more to fill the tank in. But I wanted to know more info about it before I started going overboard. Now I will probably shy away from it. When it does shrivel up I'll look for a different plant to replace it. Thanks again!!
No problem, but it won't exactly shrivel up, more like rot away and turn to mush. It can really make your tank a mess, so I'd remove it now so you don't have to deal with it.

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you can plant it and keep it as a regular terrestrial plant, if it has a good root system throw it straight into soil, if it's a little light on roots you can put it in a glass with water until it sprouts a good number of roots.

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Thanks for the tips, guys! I'm going to replace it asap, hopefully by this weekend. I have a corydora that sleeps under this plant, so I don't want to remove it until I can give him something else to nap in.
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