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Using aquatic plants found in NY ponds in tropical aquarium

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I'm Beginning my first 10 gallon tropical planted aquarium and I don't want to spend money on any plants considering the entire earth is covered by them. My only concern is since I live in NY, all the aquatic plants have adapted to harsh season shifts and colder water. Does anyone know if plants found in ponds in NY can survive in tropical conditions? I'm sure some will be fine in the warmer water but if anyone has some experience here I would appreciate some advice so I don't waste time trying to grow plants that will just die.
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Basically, I think you are right.
Aquatic plants that thrive in NY will go dormant in the winter, and may not adapt to warmer water.
Most of the aquatic plants we grow in aquariums are tropical to subtropical.
Many grow in areas of changing rainfall, so they are under water during part of the year, and in damp areas but not under water long enough to flower.

See if there is a web site that is specific to your area (probably maintained by the state) with a list of aquatic plants that are native to your area. The research these to see if any might make good aquarium plants.
Worth a try! You might discover the next great plant craze!
 

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I tried to find a list of aquatic plants in my area earlier but all I can find is info on invasive species. I'm probably just going to have to experiment. If I find anything cool that survives I'll be happy to show you.
 
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My grandfather on the east coast went down to his pond and pulled out a bunch of pond weeds and sent them to me. They had been living in a harsh snow/heat shift for 50 years. I cleaned them off and was using them outside, but I have some in my aquariums now. They're fine.

The only thing is, he got them from a pet store in like 1743 and the owner wanted him to farm them in the large ponds on his farm... They're likely tropicals.

I'm sure local plants can take warmer temperatures, at least for 4-5 years, before they die. That is if they require DORMANCY. If you find them in winter, they'll be fine.
 

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just came back from a bike ride near a wetland preserve in my town in ny( 1hr North of NYC) and had the same question. See some types of plants starting to grow, but mostly at the edge probably above water line later in season.
I'll just wait for good deals at auctions or something.
 

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There are many plants that will work long term in an aquarium from the New England area. Our club often goes on collecting trips in CT. I'd say most plants grow fine all year round and do not need a dormant period.
 
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