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I've picked a few stems of wild Elodea canadensis while on a long road trip in BC, in hopes of bringing it home to my aquarium. This plant is not found in Alberta... I also have a stem of some sort of wild hygro. The problem is, I wasn't thinking about the fact that we are getting back in over 2 weeks. Is there any chance that the stems will survive this length of time? I put them in damp paper towel sealed in a ziplock bag.

Some shippers on aquabid take a couple weeks for their plants to arrive ( from overseas) so I guess it is possible ... If not, I'll give them to a fish store or something. Any advice would be appreciated. I might be getting a new small aquarium right away so it'd have a herbivores free place to grow.

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it depends on the plant.. it'd say 2 weeks is too much.

Are these plants submerged or emersed? if emersed, pot it, water generously and put it by a window. Pack it up when, you're ready to go.


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i'd say they will probably be mush after 2 weeks in the dark.

can you mail it to yourself, or somebody who can set it up temporarily for you? i know that Elodea canadensi is a real tough plant and would probably do all right just in a jar with water on a windowsill. you might also find it for sale from pond or aquarium retailers.
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Well... As an experiment I have a large clear slush cup with a piece in it, to see what does better. Should I put it all in there? The biggest stem is less than 6 inches.

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it depends on the plant.. it'd say 2 weeks is too much.

Are these plants submerged or emersed? if emersed, pot it, water generously and put it by a window. Pack it up when, you're ready to go.
Sorry for a double post, but I didn't see this one at first...

I bet hygro would do great potted, but elodea is almost always 100% submerged. It probably wouldn't do too well...

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