View Full Version : Plant ID... Some kind of bamboo??

01-31-2008, 10:15 PM
No idea what it is, got it real cheap in a 3 for 1 deal at Petco. (I'll never buy plants there again)

It doesnt seem to be doing very well at all, and everything else in the tank is absolutely thriving.

02-01-2008, 02:40 AM
Yeah, its bamboo. I believe bamboo can grow immersed, but not submersed. Its a fantastic nitrate remover though.

02-01-2008, 03:16 AM
Bamboo of some kind. It will look nice until it starts to rot.

02-01-2008, 04:33 AM
Yeah, it doesnt grow fully submerged.

02-01-2008, 09:49 AM
They're great nitrate filters while they live. I think thye kinda look unnatural, and out of place in my tanks. Leave the tops out of water.

02-01-2008, 06:00 PM
Well that would explain it, since it is starting to rot already. The only thing that I dont understand is how Petco is keeping it alive and looking nice for just as long in their tank with all their plants.

02-01-2008, 07:09 PM
Do they have the entire thing under water though???? it is ok if the roots are in water...but not the whole thing.

02-01-2008, 07:17 PM
they probably get them in like every week. it'll live for a while then die off

Lady Hobbs
02-01-2008, 07:35 PM
Exactly. Their plants are shipped weekly so not underwater for long.

I have one just like it in a pot on my TV. Lucky Bamboo is sold as a tank plant, as well, and that is also not an aquarium plant.

02-01-2008, 07:44 PM
It's lucky bamboo, which is not bamboo at all, but a type of Draceana plant (this family includes things like the corn plant (not the vegetable)) it can grow with it's roots submerged, but not the whole thing. it really grows alot better in a pot, but you have to keep the soil very moist for the first week so it can adjust to the drop in moisture.

02-01-2008, 08:06 PM
I took it out of the tank and put it in a cup full of water saturated eco-complete. If it lives, it lives, if it dies ill just have to remind petco how dumb they are next time I stop by haha

02-04-2008, 02:16 PM
Well it is both petco and petsmart. They sell a lot of plant that can be use for terrariums in the aquatic plant section. Always know what plant you are getting.