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How long do Aquarium plants live?

What is the lifespan on Aquarium plants?


Is it only like 1 year or can it be longer?

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I didint even know that had a life span good question I'm kind of interested thanks

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I have always wondered this. I would guess maybe 5 years?
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Most aquatic plants that we keep are tropical and perennial in nature. This means that they never die but just keep growing. They are essentially immortal.


You can find some marginal plants that are annuals or biennials (onions species etc.) I kept quite a few plants for more than 5 years.
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You also should consider that it's easy to get most plants to reproduce, so you can always be growing replacements.
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They are essentially immortal. .
I want to be a plant now.
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Until you leave your dosing and feeding schedule up to the brat down the street that blows stuff up with fire crackers while on vacation, come home and find out that he over-fed your fish to the point that they died in the first day, which caused an ammonia spike that wiped out your tank, which led to algae and cyno bacteria all throughout your tank leaving your house smelling like a pile of death and your wife tells you that it's time for the tank to go.
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Most aquatic plants that we keep are tropical and perennial in nature. This means that they never die but just keep growing. They are essentially immortal.


You can find some marginal plants that are annuals or biennials (onions species etc.) I kept quite a few plants for more than 5 years.
I had a old pamphlet from Petsmart that I got years ago that said that plants live 1-5 years. I thought they lived longer. I would hate the idea of a plant dying after only 1 year. I am glad to year that you had some that lived over 5 years.

I don't think that growing a new plant from a cutting will reset the clock on it either. I am not sure about if they grow new plants from roots if its considered a new plant or a new growth of the old plant.

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Until you leave your dosing and feeding schedule up to the brat down the street that blows stuff up with fire crackers while on vacation, come home and find out that he over-fed your fish to the point that they died in the first day, which caused an ammonia spike that wiped out your tank, which led to algae and cyno bacteria all throughout your tank leaving your house smelling like a pile of death and your wife tells you that it's time for the tank to go.
Did this actually happen to you or just hypothetical?
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It was my poor attempt at humor. 😕
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I have had a tank set up for 25 years now. It still has the same anubias and crypts I set it up with. They are slow-growing plants, but I have still had to remove a lot over the years. Not sure the crypts are the very same plants - they tend to spread - but some of the anubias are. They are still attached to the wood and stone I tied them to, so many years ago.
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Clonal propagation is how many plants reproduce. Whether it is by cutting, buds, rhyzomes, or other means it is very common in plants. If they are all one plant or individual new plant only foolish humans care. The plants just keep growing..

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Stem plants that get too tall can be trimmed off and the tops replanted. The bottom is often bare or has just a few leaves, but will often sprout new branches at the point it was cut.
After a while the older parts don't have too much recovery, but by then you have several 'generations' of cuttings going. You can pull out the non-productive ones and replant with some of the new trimmings.
Since this is a form of clonal reproduction, I think it also counts as a long life of a single plant. No flowers or seeds are involved, not a real next generation.
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+1 to randym . I have some Java Fern I have had for over 10 years through several tanks and they are still growing...lol
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Perhaps the literature was produced before there were trace elements fertilizer you could buy for an aquarium. I am not sure why pet supermarket literature had plants with such a short lifespan.

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Perhaps the literature was produced before there were trace elements fertilizer you could buy for an aquarium. I am not sure why pet supermarket literature had plants with such a short lifespan.

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My guess... How long does it take mondo grass to die if it is fully submerged?
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