Also known as Lucky Bamboo, Ribbon Plant is a species of
Dracaena, native to Cameroon in tropical West Africa. It is an
upright shrub growing to 4-5 feet tall. Ribbon Plant can survive in
many indoor conditions, but indirect lighting is best as direct
sunlight can cause the leaves to turn yellow and burn
- Maximum height: 5'
- Shrubby, with slender stems
- Tank placement: Background
- Water temperature: 59-80ÃÂ° F
- Ideal aquarium size: Large
- 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.
*While safe for Fish, Ribbon Plant is toxic if ingested by
dogs or cats!
In cats: Dilated pupils, abdominal pain, increased heart
rate and drooling.
In both cats and dogs: Vomiting, depression, inappetence,
drooling, loss of coordination, and weakness.
Although it grows better in soil, Ribbon Plant is often is sold
with its roots in water, which makes it suitable forgrowth in
aquariums or fishbowls containing Betta fish. The water in which
Ribbon Plant grows should be completelychanged every two weeks;
bottled water or de-chlorinated soft tap water are recommended.
Ribbon Plant does best in bright,indirect lighting and in
temperatures from 59-80ÃÂ° F (15 ÃÂ°C-26 ÃÂ°C).
Things to remember:
Semi-aquatic plants require a tropical community aquarium with
water temperatures ranging between 59-80ÃÂº F (15-26ÃÂº C). 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, 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 veryleast,
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:
- 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 de