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nphilly
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# Posted: 9 Jan 2012 23:35 · Edited by: nphilly


hey everyone,

i tried to look at those ming's lists of non toxic and toxic plants but they no longer work. i did check out the one on froggie.info about safe plants so thanks!

i am setting up a new tank as my WTfrog is unexpectedly making the move to NYC in about a week. and i am having a really tough time finding plants. the best place has been KMART. wow, right?

i know these plants are not the best and probably have been treated with pesticides... what to do? how can i REALLY clean them?

they have pothos and philo so i am probably going to get those, but can you tell me if any of the below plants are also suitable for the tank?

thanks








Nina
Heather
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# Posted: 10 Jan 2012 03:59 · Edited by: Heather


#1 (Dieffenbachia or dumbcane) and #3 (Croton) are both toxic... I would avoit them.

#2 the name escapes me, but I can tell you that I have one growing in the corner of my courtyard and it is a tree. (well over 18 feet) so I'm not sure how well it would do in a an enclosure.

(my croton are also quite large, both in my courtyard are about 4 feet tall)

You're best best is going to be pothos and philos. If you want to create climbing vines you can always get those plastic hooked suction cups and drape the longer sections of pothos.


* Heather *

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nphilly
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# Posted: 10 Jan 2012 04:07


thanks!


Nina
Nora
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# Posted: 11 Jan 2012 09:38


soil is the worst contaminate - I always remove all soil and replace with safe substrate. One really great thing about pothos is how easily it will root in plain water. I usually just take numerous cuttings rinse and soak in clean fresh tepid/cool fresh water and place them in water to root. In a hurry I have used narrow necked vases or small glass bottles filled with water crammed tight with pothos cuttings and placed the vase/jar water and all in a habitat to avoid bring in soil contaminates. If using a false bottom with eggcrate you can push the pothos stem down deep so that it can root there as well.

Heather
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# Posted: 11 Jan 2012 13:54


(I actually have pothos growing in my fish tank! LOL)


* Heather *

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fieldnstream
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# Posted: 12 Jan 2012 04:21


#1 is syngonium not diffenbachia...it will be fine in a viv though it may get leggy.
#2 is Schefflera arboricola and will be fine in a viv, though you will have to trim it.
Heather is right about #3...I would suggest not using it.

If you are limited to using plants from Kmart, HD, Lowes, etc I would get some spathiphyllum or aglanoema...both are viv suitable, common, hardy, and treefrogs love them.
Definitely bareroot any plants you get, a 5% bleach dip would also be a good idea. If you really want to play it safe, grow them out of the viv for at least a month to let any systemic fertilizers dissipate.
Good Luck!


-Field Smith
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Nora
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# Posted: 12 Jan 2012 08:04


(I actually have pothos growing in my fish tank! LOL)

We always did too. Right now no fishtank but there are cups and jars with pothos cuttings in water all over the house, especially bathrooms - one of the only plants that does ok without even a window for light - lol

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