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
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 for growth in aquariums or fishbowls containing Betta fish. The water in which Ribbon Plant grows should be completely changed 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 59-80° F (15 °C-26 °C).
Things to remember:
Water temperature:Semi-aquatic plants require a tropical community aquarium with water temperatures ranging between 59-80º F (15-26º C). Use an aquarium heater to maintain water temperature.
Adding plants: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 time.
Lighting: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 your aquarium water be changed per week. At the very least, 25% of your aquarium water 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:
If you notice any of the signs described above, check your aquarium water quality and consult an in-store Aquatics Specialist.
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