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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

  • Semi-aquatic
  • Maximum height: 5'
  • Shrubby, with slender stems
  • Tank placement: Background
  • Water temperature: 59-80° 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!

Clinical signs:

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 59-80° 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.


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 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.

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, ch

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Top Fin® Ribbon is rated 3.1 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Stayed alive for about a month, then the leaves started browning and breaking apart. I wouldn't recommend this plant for beginners. A pretty plant nonetheless
Date published: 2015-12-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not an aquatic plant I bought this plant thinking it would be good for my tank. However, about a week after I got it I noticed the leaves starting to turn yellow and brown on the ends. A few weeks later the leaves started turning transparent. That's when I decided to do some research and realized this plant is not even aquatic. If you plan on buying live plants for your tank, I highly recommend doing some research on what plants you should buy. Don't be stupid like me and assume the plant is aquatic.
Date published: 2014-08-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This Is Not a Aquatic Plant. Dracaena is not a aquatic plant... It is not even semi-aquatic. Plant it in your aquarium and it will soon rot, poisoning your livestock. Please be aware before purchasing. It does make a lovely house plant, however.
Date published: 2011-08-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Worth Buying When you see these plants, they look great, however they are really fragile, and was destroyed by my pleco. Right now trying to save it. Little progress has shown. I think it was my fault for putting it in with a pleco, but even then, it quickly grew algae.
Date published: 2015-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's ok. It's not my personal favorite, but it does light up my tank a bit, since it's different. Some species of Dracaena can be in your tank. Mine still looks great and I have had it for almost 2 months. The roots were great when I bought it, but they are growing now.
Date published: 2012-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The plant is pretty good. The one I bought is very large it's about a foot high and the leaves are about 5 inches each. Looks great, I use this as a backround plant.
Date published: 2012-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ribbon plant This plant is good because it looks great and is easy to care for. :)
Date published: 2012-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice size for a 10gal tank I was a little shy and anxious when I got this plant since this is my first tank and didn't know if it would be to tall but I think that it is a nice plant and it is going to be perfect for the life of the tank!!
Date published: 2016-06-07
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