Sometimes called the Variegated Japanese Sweetflag or Variegated
Japanese Dwarf Rush, the Green and White Acorus Plant has stiff,
striped ribbon-like leaves. It grows slowly but is hardy enough to
make it ideal for first-time aquarium owners.
- Maximum size: 12"
- Green and tan ribbon-like leaves
- Tank placement: Middle ground
- Water temperature: 50-82ÃÂ° F
- Can grow fully or partially submersed
- Ideal for beginners
Plant availability is seasonal. State and local regulations may
vary. Pricing may vary by store location. PetSmart stores cannot
match the price above for this item. Ask a store associate for
Things to remember:
Rhizomes are simply rooting stalks. The rhizome should be buried in
the gravel as deep as possible at an angle that allows most of it
to be submerged, leaving the center of the rhizome exposed above
the ground. Rhizome plants can also be tied to a lava stone or
Rhizomes require a tropical community aquarium with water
temperatures ranging between 50-82ÃÂº F. Use an aquarium heater to
maintain water temperature.
Whether you're just starting your aquarium or introducing new
plants into your tank, make sure to add only one or two plants at a
Most tropical plants require sunlight each day, year round. The
duration and consistency are essential for plants to thrive.
Natural aquariums must be equipped with the means to provide 12
hours of simulated sunlight each day.
Fertilizer should only be added according to the dosage
instructions on the label, and only when needed (as in the case of
a water change). Plants will grow best if fertilized moderately and
regularly after water changes rather than given larger quantities
of fertilizer on a less-regular basis.
Fish and plants:
Small schooling fish are highly recommended for a natural planted
aquarium; larger fish often uproot plants. The adult size and
eating habitats of a fish should always be taken into
Test water weekly to assess water quality. It is recommended that
10% of youraquarium water be changed per week. At the very least,
25% of your aquariumwater should be changed per month. For optimal
health, regular water changes not only prevent the undesirable
accumulation of excess nutrients, but also remove excess nitrates
and waste products of the fish and plants.
Place your aquarium in a low-traffic area, away from direct
sunlight and drafts.
Planting your natural aquarium:
Foreground plants: Usually stay very short and help fill in the
front part of the aquarium.
Middle ground plants: These plants grow anywhereform 4-10
Background plants: These are the fastest-growing and tallest
Things to watch for:
- Poor growth
- Brown spots on leaves
- Plants appear weak, pale green to yellow, stems have few
- Plants cease to grow and die off
- Stem plants have long internodes and small leaves
If you notice any of the signs described above, check your
aquariumwater quality and consult an in-store Aquatics