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Swamp Plants--Crypts and Such


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Posted by Homer1 on April 24, 2003 at 12:29:08:

In Reply to: Pillow Moss, Tillandsias, and Acorus... posted by krobar on April 24, 2003 at 10:59:02:

Another good "swamp plant" that I never see planted in dart frog terrariums are the Cryptocorynes that so many fish hobbyists use. There are several species available, but some of the most commonly available and indestructible are C. becketii and C. wendtii. You'll usually see them fully submerged in aquariums, but most actually thrive emersed (out of water)in the high humidity of frog enclosures. They even sometimes will send up flower stalks that look like tiny calla lilies.

I have some growing in my pond area right now, and they are doing quite well--haven't flowered yet, but spreading and growing. Let me know if anyone needs advice on switching them from submerged to emersed.

Homer

:Hi Jared,
: As I understand it the sheet moss and the pillow moss are two different species. They certainly look and act different in the vivarium. The sheet moss lays more flat to the ground. Whereas the pillow moss forms humps or "pillows". The problem many people have with their moss is that they have temperate species in their tanks. Most temperate species need a time period each year that is cool so they can go dormite and rest. Without that rest, they will die out. The tropical species do not need this.
: Instead of the Acorus look into Lilaeopsis brasiliensis. It's a tropical, native to the same area dart frogs come from. The Acorus is a native of temperate Japan and there for is less suited for the high temperatures and humidity of our vivariums. I have Lilaeopsis brasiliensis in the marsh and stream of my leuc vivarium and it has grown and expanded quite well and looks great. It also help with the filtering.





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