Aquarium Plants & Snails
Plastic Plants: They are not only decorative, but are useful in spawning situations. If angelfish lay eggs on a leaf, just remove it and hatch the eggs artificially. After they hatch you can put the leaf back on the stem. We use them most often in livebearer tanks. We let them float in a bunch and the new-born fry find it great to hide in. This is why we've chosen to carry a lot of fine-leaf plants.
Real Live Plants
These are grown in our disease free tanks, so are safe to put into any of your aquariums. If you want these to go out in a fish order then order them through the Fish Store, however plants will add a lot to the cost of shipping when sent by Overnight carrier.
Duckweed: Some look at this floating plant as a weed or a nuisance in an aquarium. We see it as an almost magic-like plant. It grows very rapidly, which means it's removing nitrates and phosphates at a high rate. It's a water purifier. It also helps slow or eliminated algae growth.
Hornwort: This floating plant is in most of our lighted tanks. It is a very rapid grower and has all of the positive characteristics of duckweed.
Cryptocoryne: One of the prettiest crypts. It grows fast and is very hardy. We plant ours in pots where they spread by runners. Each pot grows dozens of plants which each can easily be transplanted to grow and fill their own pots.
Anubias: It is a slow growing plant, but very hardy and absolutely beautiful. It also does very well in bare-bottom tanks. Wedge it under some driftwood or a sponge filter and it will do great. The rhizome we send will contain approximately 15 leaves.
Green-Plant Liquid Fertilizer: For those who want to give their plants a kick-start. Contains iron, nitrogen, potassium, boron manganese, calcium, zinc, magnesium and copper. Dose is one capful per 10 gallons, once a week.
They are very hardy and can handle cold quite well, but they will die if the temperatures get much below 40 in their box for several hours. They will also not travel well if the box gets much above 90 for too many hours.
If you want these shipped with fish, they must be ordered through the fish store.
The Larger quarter size snails are capable of laying eggs anytime.
Apple Snail - Pomacea bridgesii effusa,
these beautiful snails now come in several color varieties.
We will be adding more color varieties in the future. The
only plant we've seen them eat is duckweed - which they
love. A really big one will grow to about 2" in diameter.
They lay their eggs in a cluster just above the water line,
so it's easy to control them. Just remove the clusters or
keep the water to the top of the tank. Dark Striped Purple
(DSP) have a dark foot with purple stripes. The Light Striped
Purple (LSP) have a light foot with purple striped. The
foot color affects the way the shell base color appears
and the shade of the purple. There is a fair amount of variation
among the adults. The ivory apple snail has a light
foot in a white shell.
Keep in mind
that shell color changes was they grow. Large adults
tend to have less bright colors and shells with more
Red Ramshorn - The red variety will breed true if you keep them separate from the other colors. They are amazingly bright colored and really add to a tank - much better than the brown variety. They've never eaten any of the plants that we keep.