Aquatic Plants for Freshwater Aquariums

An On-line Version of an Aquatic Plant Identification Manual for Washington's Freshwater Plants
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In general there are three zones of aquatic plants. The first zone consists mainly of rooted plants with their tops distended to the surface air. These consist of emergent plants. They occur in depths from the edge of shorelines to about the six foot depth. Cattails, reeds, and others are common plants found in this first zone.
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Every year, we conduct site visits to identify aquatic plants, evaluate plant community structure, and detect the existence or potential for problems, particularly as they relate to invasive non-native aquatic plants. We also survey lakes where Aquatic Weed Management Fund grants projects have occurred. Results of these surveys can be accessed at the . We're no experts with aquatic plants. All we know is that we like them (and…
Photo provided by FlickrMosaic Aquatic Plant, Ludwigia sedioides. I have this in my pond it's so pretty and spreads out.
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The introduction of non-native aquatic plants and excessive plant nutrients have created many aquatic plant problems for lakes and streams in Washington. Follow the links to learn about methods that are used to manage aquatic plants in Washington. See the strategies used to eradicate and/or control Eurasian watermilfoil in Washington. All aquatic plants have their place in pond beauty and balance, none so important for balance as submerged plants. Probably the most widely known and used of these is anacharis, but there are many others which also utilize excess nutrients, help prevent algae and provide cover for pond wildlife.The DNR does not encourage the destruction of aquatic vegetation. However, the DNR recognizes that aquatic plants may interfere with a homeowner's right to reasonable access to open water and recreation. To balance the needs of conservation and those of recreation, the DNR has developed an . This program, operated under Minnesota Rules, requires permits for controlling, planting, or destroying aquatic plants and other organisms in public waters and public waters wetlands. Because plants provide many benefits to the water environment, requests to destroy vegetation are limited to areas where plants seriously interfere with recreational use.Whichever method of control you choose, the cost of control depends on the size and type of project. Aquatic plant control is temporary because aquatic plants grow back from root crowns, seeds, and other plant parts. Information on permits, costs, treatment methods, and herbicide distributors, is included at this website or from . You can also discuss control methods with an independent contractor.There are fascinating aquatic plants that grow in conditions like the waterlily family but look quite different. The "Mosaic Plant" and "Water Snowflake" are two outstanding ones.The Lakes of Missouri Volunteer Program devotes a lot of time to discussing, controlling and measuring algae in lakes. In our zeal for all things algae, we tend to overlook the other green nutrient-consumers in lakes, namely the "higher order" aquatic plants, or macrophytes. This article is a brief look at some types of aquatic plants we find in Missouri.