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Picked up two aquatic plants from Petco two days ago, an Argentine Sword and Ophiopogon Japonica. Im wondering if these would be ok in my water feature in pea gravel or should i put in some sand? The water is about 2 in. deep.
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Both should be fine in gravel.
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98% of plants used in pet trade for aquariums are designed for use in gravel.

Some however require sand, or other substrate.

I work at petCo, and all the plants we carry can be placed into gravel.
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Theres very few aquatic plants that will grow and thrive longterm in sand. As the sand compacts the roots, you get anerobic pockets which will rot the plant bases.

And I wouldnt say plants are "designed" either. They grow as they are intended to. You can change the appearance but not so much the requirements.
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Ok... the plants were dying except for two little sprouts i put in the substrate right next to the water feature, so i moved them there and they havent discolored any more, and im wondering what is going on
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Were they under water when you bought them? These plants need a transistion period to go from land to water and back again as the leaves they develop for water are not stiff enough to stand up out of water often, and lose water extremely fast. They often will die down to the roots, just to grow again in a few weeks with more appropriate growth.
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OOOOOOh... Thanks! I had no idea what to do because when i saw the leaves discolor i panicked. You're a lifesaver, man!
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Well, technically a WOman but hopefully the plant will bounce back for you, tho it may take some weeks... just be patient.
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Theres very few aquatic plants that will grow and thrive longterm in sand. As the sand compacts the roots, you get anerobic pockets which will rot the plant bases.

And I wouldnt say plants are "designed" either. They grow as they are intended to. You can change the appearance but not so much the requirements.

Simple solution, is gravel, then sand, plant its roots down in the gravel, and volia', i've yet to have a problem, but mind you, thats in an actual aquarium, heh
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The Japonica isn't an aquatic plant, it'll eventually suffocate underwater(love how they do that >.<) and I don't know about the argentine sword. Is it a echinodorus species? I know sometimes they sell peace lilies(spaphytum? sphathytum? something like that!) for water and those aren't aquatic, but either one would do well with moist roots.
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