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I got 2 bunches of plants for my tropical tank about 2 days ago from PetSmart. They are really pretty...pretty light and dark green with a really pretty bright purple on the underside of the leaves. They sprout little roots quite readily and the fish seem to be enjoying having them in the talk.

Anyway..my question....does anyone know what kind of plant these are? The girl in the aquatics section didnt know...of course..:rolleyes:..But they remind me of the Creeping Charlie kind of plant, just different in color. Creeping charlies can live and grow in a bowl of water or potted in soil.
Sooo...i was wondering if anyone knew if these plants i got are similar? If they are then i was wondering if i could put Creeping Charlie bunches in my tank?

I think they would look quite lovely. I'm not sure of it though cuz Charlies are poisonous to some animals like cats..just not sure about the fishies who would surely be nibbling on it if i put it in their tank.

Heres some pics of the bunches i bought. Very pretty.




Does anyone have any info on using Creeping Charlies in the tank?? And what kind of plants are in the pictures?
 

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Hmm.

This might be a strange question but do you remember how the plant looked out of water? Was it droopy or could it stand up on it's own?

Also keep in mind that chain stores, such as PetsMart, often sell terrestrial plants as aquarium plants.
 

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it wasnt too droopy and not too stiff either...kinda hard to explain. Its nothing like anacharis though which is very soft as im sure you know.

Do you know if Charlies are ok for aquariums with fish?
 

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beautiful plants, to me this plant looks like Hemigraphis colorata
 

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it wasnt too droopy and not too stiff either...kinda hard to explain. Its nothing like anacharis though which is very soft as im sure you know.

Do you know if Charlies are ok for aquariums with fish?
Oh, yeah, sorry. Forgot to answer that.

I've kept it before and it did well in my aquarium. I only had it for seven months, though. It didn't survive the move to a different tank when the one it was in broke.

It's a hardy plant and grows especially fast in strong lighting.

But since I only kept it for seven months I can't say how well it does long-term. I don't think it's a true aquatic...I'll look into it.

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beautiful plants, to me this plant looks like Hemigraphis colorata
Yeah, I was thinking that too. But it looks a little different to me? But now I'm wondering if it only looks different since it's submerged. It could also be Hemigraphis exotica. Or are they the same thing? Lol. I have no idea. I'm into aquatic plants...not the land ones.

Unfortunately it's not an aquatic plant but I know PetsMart sells it as such.
 

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if its not a "true aquatic" plant but will grow fine in just water it should be ok to use in the aquarium anyways...or no?

Sasami you said you had it for 7 months so i take it that its safe for fishes???....not harmful to them like it is to cats for instance.
Thats what i was asking....not how well it would do as a plant but if its in anyway dangerous to fish.

I want it mainly for its beauty and of course the fishies will nibble on it as well so i was concerned if it was safe for them.

Since you say you had Charlies it seems like its safe then?


as for what type of plant i have in the picture above...if anyone finds out please let me know. :)
 

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if its not a "true aquatic" plant but will grow fine in just water it should be ok to use in the aquarium anyways...or no?

Sasami you said you had it for 7 months so i take it that its safe for fishes???....not harmful to them like it is to cats for instance.
Thats what i was asking....not how well it would do as a plant but if its in anyway dangerous to fish.

I want it mainly for its beauty and of course the fishies will nibble on it as well so i was concerned if it was safe for them.

Since you say you had Charlies it seems like its safe then?


as for what type of plant i have in the picture above...if anyone finds out please let me know. :)
Yeah, I think it should be fine. I haven't heard anything about it being poisonous to fish. I know my platies would nibble on it without any problems.

Since you got the plant at PetsMart I'm pretty sure it's a Hemigraphis species. Sometimes they are sold as "Purple Crinkles", "Purple Waffle Plants", and other weird names :giggle:. I know for a fact that PetsMart sells it. Unfortunately it doesn't do well submerged and can only live a few months in an aquarium before it starts to die. I'd pot it and keep it as a house plant :).
 

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oohh ok...thanks for that bit of info...hmmm..i guess i will have to see how long it seems to do well then.
Im glad its not a problem for fishies but thought i would just ask cuz i would rather be safe than sorry ya know.

It would make a lovely house plant. I think i will let it root out some more and plant one of the bunches in soil and have a nice house plant then.

"Purple Crinkles", "Purple Waffle Plants", and other weird names
hehe those are some silly names!

Thanks Super Sasami!! :super:
 

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No problem :). Good luck.

Oh, and when looking for Creeping Charlie for your aquarium remember that it's also called Creeping Jenny. I bought mine under that name...it's the same plant.
 

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Oooohhhh...haha...Charlie i have heard of but not Jenny! :lol: Thats interesting.

Hey i noticed Charlie is darker...


..while Jenny is lighter and rounder it seems...



Interesting!
Hmm. I dunno. Maybe it has to with lighting. Because when I did a search for Creeping Charlie I found this picture which is pretty light...? http://www.yarddoctor.com/library/Yard_Doctor/creeping_charlie_in_mulch.JPG

But from what I've read it's the same plant. Oh, and if you got it at PetsMart it'd be labeled as "moneywort" which is it's other name.

Maybe they are two varietes of the same species? I have no clue :lol:.
 

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good luck with your plants, i just love aquariums with real plants
 

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ok sure..you asked for it...lotz of pics coming your way!
I couldnt decide which to put cuz it seems like the ones with flash show the fishies better but the pics i took w/o flash show off the tank better..weird..oh well. So i said...just put 'em all! :p







It is a 60 gallon tropical fish tank.
 

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Thank you..i like it too. :)


Right now i have...

5 gouramis (opaline, blue, gold ..3 females, 2 males)..they are finally being civil with each other!
2 cute silver dollars
4 cherry barbs (silly guys)
2 tiger barbs (lol..mean little mafia buggers)
1 white tip shark catfish
1 elusive peacock eel and
1 clown loach
 
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