This website is dedicated to Ol'Conrad. He passed away shortly after Christmas, 2013. He had made stupendous contributions to our hobby through his dedicated and careful breeding of aquatic animals. He was a good friend and best buddy of Pete's and will not only be missed greatly by Pete, the hobby will forever have lost a valuable friend and asset. But his progeny will live on forever in his memory.
If you are like me, artificial plants in the aquarium is generally weird! I can see some instances where
a person might use them but, totally the beauty and bioloigcal aspects of real life growing plants
can not be surpassed. All it takes is proper amount of lighting which, is usually anywhere from medium
to high lighting. And as you will see, a person does not
need to spend big bucks on the latest aquarium lighting that is available to those folks who have money
burning a hole in their wallets or pockets. If you are ever unsure of the requirements for a plant,
just google the damn plant.
Is that hard?
BTW the plants found here are just an example of what he has, or has grown. it does not mean he has
them all in stock at the present time. Or the future time.
AND he took all the photos. Again, we do not rely on others for the awesome photography. What you
see is what he has or will have or did have.
This is the alternative to those of us who do not have the clink of spare change, and lots of it laying around
to spend on pretty equipment with fancy names. This is what Ol'Lotdoffish uses. The common compact
fluorescent bulbs that are now so popular for everyday household use.
Just get the small bulbs, and an old
fashioned light fixture such as is sold for incandescence lighting over the fish tank. You may need to use more
than one fixture depending on the length of the aquarium you are lighting.
NOW as to fertilizer forget the crap sold for specialized nutrients by fish stores, either online or brick and mortar.
PLUS, why use O2 injectors? Geesh, good lighting, and food
and most plants will flourish. Anyhow, this is Ol'Lotsoffish's
secret to many of the awesome plants he includes in his auctions as freebees. Use just 1/2 tsp (teaspoon) per 20 gallons of water at each water exchange.
Presuming of course YOU are doing the massive at least 70% water exchanges we talk about elsewhere on this site.
Do not use more nor more often without doing the water exchanges or you will end up with high nitrates.
Alligator weed (Alternanthera philoxeroides), a native of South America, forms dense, sprawling mats,
reaching 15 m across. It is considered a noxious weed, choking ponds, lakes, streams, canals, and irrigation ditches.
It is being suppressed through biological control with the alligator weed flea beetle (Agasicles hygrophila),
the alligator weed thrips (Amynothrips andersoni), and the alligator weed stem borer (Vogtia malloi). Mechanical
and chemical controls fail.
There are only a few aquatic plants in the genus Alternanthera suitable for aquarium use. They are considered
difficult to grow and maintain, because they are sensitive to certain parameters of light, water, and fertilizers.
The species often found in aquarium settings include
A. bettzichiana, A. reineckii, A. reineckii var. lilacina, A. reineckii var. roseafolia, A. reineckii var. rubra, and A. sessilis,
which is semi-aquatic.
Hornwort is a rootless plant, that can be kept floating at the top of the aquarium or buried in the gravel to suit your taste.
If you bury Hornwort in the substrate, the Hornwort stems are held in the gravel by root-like organs called rhizoids.
The stems will branch off to form nice thickets for fish and especially fry to retreat into. Be careful with it however, because it breaks easily and many of the pieces can become their own plants
Java Moss is a moss belonging to the Hypnaceae family. Native to Southeast Asia, it is commonly used in freshwater aquariums. It attaches to rocks, roots, and driftwood. The identity of this well-known plant is not resolved; formerly thought to be Vesicularia dubyana (Brotherus, 1908), it may actually be Taxiphyllum barbieri.
Java Moss does not require any special attention. It accepts all kind of waters, even weakly brackish, and all kind of light qualities. It grows best at 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (21 to 24 degrees Celsius), but can live in temperatures of up to 85 to 90 °F (29 to 32 °C). It is a low light plant and makes a great foreground plant. In aquariums it should be planted where there is good water current because debris gets stuck on it easily and gives it a brown fuzzy appearance.
Due to its clinging nature Java Moss can also be made into a moss wall. This can be accomplished by folding a net and spreading the moss evenly across it. Then, the net can be secured together by polyester strings, and held on the aquarium wall by using suction cups. It is a slow starter until it has established itself.It is especially popular among aquarists raising fry (baby fish) and tadpoles, to protect them from cannibalistic adults.
Java Moss can also provide food for the newly formed fry, which can be challenging to feed. Some shrimp like to tear the miniature leaves off it to eat.Java Moss can be easily propagated via division. It is suitable for both aquariums and vivariums.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Java_moss
Now here is a versatile plant which is also known as Creeping Jenny and it is often found as a terrestrial plant used as ground cover and trailing in planters. The submerged from has the same attractive leaves and upright growth.
Duckweed is an important high-protein food source for waterfowl and also is eaten by humans in some parts of Southeast Asia. As it contains more protein than soybeans, it is sometimes cited as a significant potential food source.
Some duckweed is introduced into freshwater aquariums and ponds where they may spread rapidly. This introduction may be deliberate or unintended and once established in a large pond, may be difficult to eradicate, plus it might show up in your cup of coffee after you had your hand in the tank.
Vallisneria is a genus of freshwater aquatic plant, commonly called eelgrass, tape grass or vallis. The genus has 6-10 species that are widely distributed, but do not grow in colder regions
"I collected this Utricularia in some water that was backed up by a beaver dam way up in a hollow in a remote area near my cabin, over the July 4th weekend. I have never seen it before and I REALLY like it. It is a bladderwort which means it's carnivorous but, it won't harm baby fish." O'Lotsoffish
Shucks, I wish Ol'lotsoffish had not told us it would not harm baby fish. I can just imagine the budding writers out there thinking of a fiction story about some rotten little kid that fell into the water in back of Pete's cabin and disappeared, never to be heard from again.
Finally - peace and quiet in the mountains, as it should be.!
And finally. Who said aquarium plants had to be grown in the aquarium? Is it a written or unwritten law
punishment by death, or forfeiting your first born child (not a bad idea when they are teenagers). Anyhow,
Ol'Lotsoffish takes advantage of nice New York summers and grows tons of plants out in his back yard in
what ever he has that holds water.
Even tho his neighbors are scared to death of Nile fever and panicked because of the standing water.
That is until one day, he is feeding all his plants with his fav Miracle Grow and he informed them this stuff
helped control mosquitoes.
Actually, what controls the mosquitoes is his harvesting of the larvae form
and feeding them to his fish. NOW that is using brain power!!
Why do some folks hate duckweed so much? I don't get it. Here are some great benefits of having duckweed
Fish eat it
It insulates and holds heat in a tank
It prevents water from evaporating quickly
It sucks up nitrate
It is a great plant for bubble nest builders to use when building their nests.
Jumpers almost never jump through it.
It is easy to control
It diffuses light and prevents algae
And it is so cool when you discover it dried to your arm when you are eating in a fancy restaurant.
How could you go wrong having duckweed in your tanks?