Lucky bamboo and my aquarium...
Posted 16 September 2008 - 07:52 PM
A long time ago, I kept some Lucky Bamboo in a vase full of water...never had a problem with rotting, drying, etc. And recently, I got the planting bug and want to add something pretty to Bob's tank.
Can I use Lucky Bamboo in my aquarium? Can it be fully submerged, or not? Somewhere I read that I had to keep the top brown part dry, at least...is that true?
All/any info on this topic is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
Posted 16 September 2008 - 08:00 PM
I head fish water was good for plants too.
But... I know I always hear that lucky bamboo is NOT aquatic, but just putting the bottom underwater I think is fine? My bamboo plants are in a mix of gravel and water already, so I don't think a fish tank would be much different. Though, like any other plant you put in an aquarium, you'd have to watch to make sure it doesn't rot.
But I've never tried it, so I'd wait for someone who actually has tried it (or knows more abotu lucky bamboo in general) to say their thoughts on the matter.
Posted 16 September 2008 - 08:04 PM
Bob's mini-bow has a little "hole" sorta on the hood to accomodate the filter it came with, so I could probably put the bamboo in that corner and if it grew out it could come out through the hole.
Posted 16 September 2008 - 08:32 PM
I think mine rot a little because they're old and have ties aroudn them that might be coming apart a bit from being wet.
Posted 17 September 2008 - 04:52 AM
Posted 17 September 2008 - 06:38 AM
So you either have to have a low water level to avoid jumping or have a hole where your betta might jump out...Though from what I've seen and experienced bettas hardly ever jump.
Posted 17 September 2008 - 12:33 PM
Posted 17 September 2008 - 02:34 PM
Posted 19 September 2008 - 01:06 AM
Personally, I would never submerge a lucky bamboo. Yes, they might live, but they won't reach their full potential. Some people don't care, of course, and if you're careful with the rotting, then that's fine. It's not like they're expensive.
However, these are my five year old lucky bamboos:
I've certainly never seen them look like THAT underwater in an aquarium!
They can do great "sticking out" of an aquarium though. The ones with the long stalks (not the ones in the petstore, usually) are best for it. The leaves should be above the water line. Here are some examples of that:
The main thing to keep in mind with that is bettas are jumpers. Some bettas jump a lot, some never do, but you should always assume they will and cover your tank, or you'll risk ending up with a potato chip fish on the floor. There are various solutions to this if you want to do the partially submerged thing with the bamboo.
* Have a low water level in a large tank (such as in the second photo). Bettas can jump ~3 inches, so a waterline 4 or 5 inches below the top of the tank is the minimum. You'd need a nice big tank to do this in, of course.
* Drape the whole thing with a fine netting, which can be rubberbanded around the top of the aquarium. Not very attractive, and kind of defeats the purpose of lucky bamboo sticking up I think, but it would work.
* Cut plastic canvas as a lid to fit snug around the bamboo, like it is cut around these wires:
(I can make a picture of it around actual lucky bamboo if this doesn't make sense and it would help, plastic canvas is sooo cheap and I have a bunch of it.) It will fit quite snug -- in fact, the bamboo would hold it in place -- and there will be no hole around the plant for the betta to jump out. More attractive than the netting, less attractive than the dropped water line.
Posted 19 September 2008 - 10:34 AM
Posted 19 September 2008 - 12:26 PM
Hurrhurr, I drew a picture.
Posted 09 October 2008 - 05:55 PM
ill keep u guys updated after a longer time
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