Brackish Water Plants
- plants that like, (or tolerate?) salt for livebearers
by ac554/FreeNet.Carleton.CA (David Whittaker) (21 Nov 1997)
- [B] Brackish Plants (part 1 of unknown)
by sessoms/med.unc.edu (Eric S. Sessoms) (Wed, 28 Apr 1993)
by ac554/FreeNet.Carleton.CA (David Whittaker)
Date: 21 Nov 1997
D. Erway (derway-at-NO.SPAM-ndc.com) writes:
> What plants like the little bit of salt, (1-2 tsp / 5 gallons) used with the
Here is my stock answer.
Java moss, java fern, hornwort and water sprite all do well. My local
water is very soft at 2 to 3 dH. I've read that Cryptocoryne ciliata,
Anacharis, Elodea densa, Hygrophila polysperma, and Vallisneria
gigantea also do well up to and perhaps above specific gravity 1.0023.
I successfully used to add 2 grams per gallon salt (about 2 level
teaspoons per 5 gallons) to my molly tank with no ill effect.
by sessoms/med.unc.edu (Eric S. Sessoms)
Date: Wed, 28 Apr 1993
a close friend of mine without posting privs has been keeping brackish
tanks for close to two million years now and has a little to offer
on the subject of keeping plants in a brackish aquarium. here goes:
>-java moss does well, but it collects particles and needs to be rinsed
>out occasionally. it sits at the bottom and will adhere to rocks and
>driftwood if left alone for awhile. if there are fish in the tank that
>constantly 'pick' at stuff, it'll wind up in individual strands scattered
>all over your tank, but mostly stuck to your filter. it's really good
>for baby fish to hide in, however, if it stays in a clump.
>-java ferns do REALLY well. they attach to stuff too, but to get them to
>do this, it's best to rubberband them to something to get it started.
>-in my experience, wysteria does well, but it's not mentioned in the
>books. quite possibly it's just hardy enough to take almost anything.
>in brackish, it takes on a neat lime green color and grows pretty fast.
>-vallinesera (sp??)--the regular or corkscrew varieties--is reputed to do
>well, but i've never had luck with it under any conditions. i think my
>gravel was too course for it.
>-i've heard that the amazon sword plants do well, but i've never owned
i should also add a caution. do NOT, under any circumstances, attempt
to keep any variety of scat in a planted tank. to rephrase:
SCATS + PLANTS = SCATS
i have seen what i presume to be doctored photos of scats in planted
tanks, but the only thing i know of that the wont eat is carrots. just
a caution. :)