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Top Fin® Kyoto

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An evergreen perennial, the Kyoto Plant grows small white flowers and blue berries when gown on land. It boasts a short stem–usually no longer than 5 inches–and its long, linear leaves can reach lengths of 16 inches.

  • Semi-aquatic
  • Maximum height: 18"
  • Thin, linear leaves
  • Tank placement: Edge
  • Water temperature: 72-78° 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:

Water temperature:

Semi-aquatic plants require a tropical community aquarium with water temperatures ranging between 72-78º F (22-25º C). Use an aquarium heater to maintain water temperature.

Adding plants:

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.

Plant fertilizer:

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 be added.

Water changes:

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.

Aquarium placement:

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 inches tall.

Background plants: These are the fastest-growing and tallest plants.

Things to watch for:

  • Poor growth
  • Brown spots on leaves
  • Plants appear weak, pale green to yellow, stems have few leaves
  • 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 Specialist

Top Fin® Kyoto
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Top Fin® Kyoto is rated 2.3 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a true aquatic plant Be 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.
Date published: 2012-10-28
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