Plants are great for aquariums; They create oxygen for your fish, keep your tank clean and just look good. But beware – pet stores often try to earn money by selling terrestrial (terrestrial) plants as aquatic. Although water is good for plants, the submergence of terrestrial plants in water is a bad idea. They will die and rot in your aquarium. The pollutants of the decaying plant are likely to kill your fish. When buying aquatic plants, make sure that you only buy genuine aquatic plants. Here are the brief descriptions of pet plant shops most often trying to sell as aquatic wannabes.
The most popular is the Dracena Marginata, or Dragon Tree. Dragon trees look like brushes, with trunks similar to palms and pointed leaves that come out of the top. Your friendly neighborhood pet store usually sells a baby version of this tree, but in nature they can reach 16 feet tall. Dracaena Marginata is considered a bamboo plant and actually needs dry conditions to grow and will die pretty quickly if it is submerged in the water.
Another popular pose is Algaonema. This is actually a popular domestic plant and is recognizable by its wide green leaves with waxy appearance. The Chinese believe that this is a good omen, but could mean bad things for your aquarium. Algaonema needs to be planted in heavy soil that is moist, not soggy, and will quickly die in water. In addition, they are toxic and cause a rash in the mouth and throat if ingested orally. So imagine what happens when it starts to rot in your aquarium after a few weeks!
The Brazilian sword, or Peace Lily, is another to avoid. The Lily of Peace resembles the Argentine sword, with long thin stems a few large shovel shaped leaves. This plant actually requires dry conditions to grow. It will take a long time to die in your tank but nevertheless should not be placed with your guppies because it can not thrive and will begin to die before you even realize it. The previous article argued that the Amazon and Argentine swords were large aquatic plants – but just because the "sword" is in the name make it a good plant to live with your fish!
Cherry hedge and green hedge are other terrestrial Plants that sneak their way on the shelves of pet stores with genuine aquatic plants. They all go well for a long period of time but will die after several months at the most and should not be immersed in the water. The cherry and green hedges have a similar appearance. They are both short, light green, and bushy. The green hedge has leaves smaller than the cherry hedge. These plants are rustic but need dry conditions in order to grow.
Mondo Grass certainly seems exotic. It comes in bush form and looks like a pile of pale green grass. This is a terrestrial plant that needs little care. Just very little watering and soil drains well. Due to its drier needs, Mondo grass usually takes only two months to die if submerged in water.
Finally, White and Red Arrowhead are other evil beauties that will condemn your fish habitat to extinction. The arrowheads are tall plants with fine stems and arrow-shaped leaves at the top. The white arrowheads are more pale green, while the red arrowheads have dark green edges and reddish centers. Their natural habitat is close to lakes and ponds, but it is a bad idea to put them in the water as they will die quickly.
The need to do the proper research before buying anything for your aquarium can not be stressed enough. Also, take care of the plants right, so that they will not become the enemy. Cut them so they do not overcrown and hide your fish. Limit the tank to two floating plants. Oxygen comes across the surface, and having too much plant growth above the fish could choke them. Follow the rules, do your research, do not fall for the purchase of a terrestrial plant, no matter how many pet store clerks say it is okay, and you Will have a very healthy and natural-looking habitat.