An evergreen perennial, the Kyoto Plant grows small white
flowers and blue berries when gown on land. It boasts a short
stemâusually no longer than 5 inchesâand its long, linear leaves
can reach lengths of 16 inches.
Maximum height: 18"
Thin, linear leaves
Tank placement: Edge
Water temperature: 72-78ÃÂ° F
Can grow fully or partially submersed
Note: 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 details.
Things to remember:
Semi-aquatic plants require a tropical community aquarium with
water temperatures ranging between 72-78ÃÂº F (22-25ÃÂº C). Use an
aquarium heater to maintain water temperature.
Whether you're just starting your aquariumor introducing new plants
into your tank, make sure to add only one or two plants at a time.
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, amphibians and plants:
Toads and frogs are highly recommended for a natural planted
aquarium- terrarium. Depending on the depth of the water and size
of the amphibians and water temperature certain species of fish can
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 anywhere form 4-10
Background plants: These are the fastest-growing and tallest
Things to watch for:
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
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Not a true aquatic plantBe careful when buying this plant. It's not a true aquatic plant, and while it may last for a couple months in the aquarium, it will eventually begin to rot and pollute your water.
If you intend on keeping it because you like the look, you have to keep an eye on it and pull it as soon as it begins to rot. Ultimately, however, it's better suited for growth out of the water. The scientific name is Ophiopogon japonicus, specifically the variety known as the "Kyoto dwarf" or "mondo grass" I believe.