Animal Stories - Anacharis


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   Anacharis, a hardy and easily kept plant, is probably the most commonly kept aquarium plant.
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David - 2010-07-16
I have a pond (small) that initially occupied with different tropical fishes, but they always disappeared maybe because birds, or other.
A few month ago I decided to take a different approach and bought 1 plant (Anacharis)
so the fish could hide from predators, well it didn't work for the fish, so I moved the ones I got left with to my 20 gal tank, now I have so many Anacharis that I wish there was a way to use them and not kill them, Let me know if there is other use for the plant, thank you (Florida)

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  • sandy cook - 2011-04-06
    I will take some off your hands! i can't find any here where I live.
  • Dana - 2013-09-16
    Do you still have the anacharis in bunches? I would love to get some from you if it's for sale.
  • Kevin Gagnon - 2014-05-09
    I have anacharis for sale if any one is interested. One bunch (3 plants) for a $1.
  • Donna - 2014-07-27
    Do you have anymore Anacharis for sale?
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Aleen - 2006-08-18
I got 3 bunches of Anacharis last week and they are already growing to the top of my tank. when I got them they had mostly all brown leaves on them, now they are all green. it is a very good plant; hardy and pretty. I would definitely recommend this plant!

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  • Carman - 2013-12-26
    'Aleen'. Hi Aleen, can you please tell me if you can, the specifics to setting up a tank for Aancharis? For example, temperature, does it need a filter, a light and how much light if needed. My husband loves this plant and I would like to get as much information so I can give him all the supplies and information he will need to make a tank of his very own. As much information you may have would be truly appreciated. Thank you,carman
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Bernadette M. - 2005-01-05
I remember always having anacharis in all the fish tanks we had when I was growing up. As a child, I worked in a neighborhood tropical fish store and remember that anacharis outsold all other plants many times over, mostly due to the hardiness of it. That was all in California.
I now live in Washington (State). I was shocked to find out that I couldnt buy anachris in the state of Washington as it was put on some list naming it a weed, and therefore is illegal to sell.
I have yet to find any plant that even comes close to it

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Barbara - 2003-11-18
Pretty and delicate, and tolerates a wide range of temp. and conditions, it is rightfully named and will cause anarchy if not tamed. This means serious frequent trimming, and inproper propgation will lead to a dense cover on the aquariums top which will prevent you from feeding. Lastly, if you have any underwater crabs (fiddlers, thai), dont use this plant, it is strong, hard to topple, easy to climb, and willingly goes ABOVE the waters surface- giving your fishy friends a perfect excuse to take a dry land vacation.

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Jake - 2004-09-30
I am very disappointed when I see online aquarium retailers selling Brazilian Elodea under the name of "anacharis". This plant, the Brazilian Elodea, is a highly noxious and invasive weed and is obviously non-native. This plant readily outcompetes native plants in lakes where it is "accidentally" introduced into a local lake or pond. I would like to see the chances of this plant impacting our lakes reduced and promote the use of the native plant, the common Elodea, (Elodea canadensis. It is just as attractive and will not harm our lakes if they are introduced, as they are native to North America.

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  • Doug - 2012-12-11
    Jake, being a newb to planted aquarium, how can you tell the difference? When I go to a pet store or online it's all listed as anacharis. Thanks for any advice. Doug
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Andrew Johnson - 2005-11-18
i like these Plants alot so i have one in my house.

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scott reed - 2006-01-17
I just went down to lake Washington yesterday,and found a few bunches of anacharis,and also a lot of parrotfeather milfoil.This is why you can't buy it anymore,and why it is considered a naucsious weed.People,or someone released some of this as well as a few other species of aquarium plants into our lakes,and now they are so profuse it is just about all there is to find.Right,or wrong,it's out there to be found.I am happy with my cheap aquarium plants.

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Kenny - 2006-03-14
Anacharis is truly the easiest plants to have in any cold-tropical water aquariums! I only started out with a couple of bunches and now I have a full 20 gallon aquarium dedicated to anacharis! It will grow rougely. The best part is that it can withstand extremely cold temperatures meaning it can overwinter in outside ponds. The leaves will melt and it will regrow again once spring comes.

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  • Star - 2012-01-13
    Can you tell me what your tank conditions are to have it grow so well? I need to culture this plant for teaching purposes and having a full tank dedicated to it is exactly what my goal is. So far I have not been that lucky.
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ali - 2007-04-05
"Anacharis" (Egeria densa) did NOT originate in North America. It is an exotic invasive and should NEVER be released or propagated outdoors. Egeria spp. are also easily confused with the similar-looking Hydrilla verticillatum, another invasive, which after released, has caused damage in the *hundreds of millions of dollars,* not to mention the difficult-to-quantify ecological implications. All "anacharis" plants should be properly disposed of (headed for water treatment plant or thoroughly dried before sending to a landfill). Elodea canadensis, another similar plant *is* native to North America, but identities are often too difficult to risk

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Anonymous - 2005-01-27
Im not exactly good with plants yet but i have had no problem raising this plant. They are not at all picky and will grow very fast in most conditions, and can easily grow 2, 3, or 4 times the length of your tank

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