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Plant ID please - purple stem

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Thanks. Bought a few of these at local Auckland (supposedly reputable) fish store. Assumed this was a common aquarium stem plant same as the others they sold me. However all but one have already rotted away and the last one looks like it’s going to follow suit. Am new to this hobby and got ripped off, it seems. 

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I think it is Cardinal Plant.  Native of North America. 

The majority of stem plants sold in the shops are grown emersed and will eventually rot or if they do grow will head straight up unless pinched out.   While they are cheap to buy compared to other aquatic plants it ends up being cheaper in the long run to spend your $$ and buy more expensive truly aquatic plants.  If you spend some time learning to grow these you will likely recoup some of the cost if you sell the surplus.

Best advice - ask heaps of questions about what you intend to buy, if necessary go away and research what you have been told and then come back and purchase.  Or. take photos and ask on this forum.  

Edited by Adrienne

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Some plants sold will nearly always die off but others can be saved. To increase the chances of survival find out when the new plants arrive in the shop and buy them before they have been in water too long. The structure of the leaves is different between emersed and submersed. Put the stems in to water and give them strong light until they grow roots. Most people want plants that are red so buy Echinodorus red special or similar plants that are naturally red and are aquatic. They will grow red with the right fertilizers and good light.

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