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05-29-13:
Again, we are here to answer your questions. To email us just click on I need help?

04-10-13:
New article on planted aquarium lighting, what do I need? How much light and what kind? Found here: Planted Aquarium Lighting Again, we are here to answer your questions. To email us just click on I need help?

04-02-13:
Soon to come some new plants, never before offered so check this update for their arrival. Shipping is fine this time of year, no issues with cold at this point. Don't forget we are here to answer your questions. To email us just click on I need help?

02-02-13:
Heat packs are necessary when lows at night reach 0-15 degrees fahrenheit. We are in that pattern right now, and so if ordering a plant package order this heat pack along with it; Heat Pack, it does not add a shipping charge! If ordering individual plants then choose the priority with heat pack shipping option at checkout. We guarantee safe arrival of your plants with a heat pack, or we will replace them free of charge.

01-09-13:
Hemianthus callitrichoides (Dwarf Baby Tears) (3x5 mat) are here! Find them here; Dwarf Baby Tears Mat, These are excellent for an instant foreground!

12-10-12:
Heat packs are necessary when lows at night reach 20-25 degrees fahrenheit. We are in that pattern right now, and so if ordering a plant package order this heat pack along with it; Heat Pack, it does not add a shipping charge! If ordering individual plants then choose the priority with heat pack shipping option at checkout. We guarantee safe arrival of your plants with a heat pack, or we will replace them free of charge.

11-13-12:
Stem plants are used in the background to give a sense of height and depth, while the midground plants are shorter, and the foreground plants are the short "grasslike" lawn plants. This creates an overall sense of depth. This combined with the placement of a "focal Point", constructed by taking the length of the aquarium and dividing by 2.618, and then centering either driftwood, rock, or a single or small group of especially decorative plants such as red plants at that mathematical equation, completes the eye catching view of your aquarium. Stem plants can be cut across the tops which will cause multiple shoots to grow from the cut point and creating a bush effect which makes the overall composition even more attractive.

09-18-12:
Don't forget that with every package and any or all orders we offer free unlimited consultation with our expert grower to insure that you are able to grow lush, beautiful plants that you will enjoy for many years to come. With live plants it is like living art, the look is always changing and with beautiful healthy plants and the fish swimming through them it is a real stress buster! Either contact us here; Contact Us or send us an email or call us for more info at 507-331-5801.

08-10-12:
Vesuvius sword, a small, beautiful green and unique twisted sword that does well in small aquariums as well as large and is relatively undemanding is available now in limited quantities, find it here; Echinodorus Vesuvius. Also available for the first time in quite a while is the Uruguayensis Sword, a beautiful green sword with narrow leaves, find it here; Echinodorus Uruguayensis. And this is my favorite beautiful small red sword that is ideal for smaller aquariums as well as midground large aquariums, only twelve inches high and stunning in any aquascape, find it here; Echinodorus Kleiner Prinz. If you are looking for a unique stem plant then try the Lindernia Rotundifolia Variegated, leaves have a watermelon attractive look and it is very easy to grow in any conditions! Find it here; Lindernia Rotundifolia Variegated.

05-21-12:
Don't forget that with every package and any or all orders we offer free unlimited consultation with our expert grower to insure that you are able to grow lush, beautiful plants that you will enjoy for many years to come. With live plants it is like living art, the look is always changing and with beautiful healthy plants and the fish swimming through them it is a real stress buster! Either contact us here; Contact Us or send us an email or call us for more info at 507-331-5801.

05-18-12:
Don't forget that with every package and orders of five individual plants or more you get one free plant of our choice. We always make that plant either unusual or colorful!

04-19-12:
Read our new article on planting stem plants in the substrate to make sure they stay put, and the trimming techniques we use for an aquascape! Read it here; Stem Plant Planting Techniques and Trimming

03-09-12:
No longer necessary to use a heat pack, it is warm enough to ship live plants for your aquarium now!

02-08-12:
Be sure and add a heat pack to your package order before checkout, and for individual plant orders choose the heat pack shipping option at checkout. That way your plants will arrive safely.

12-07-11:
Read "The Evidence", for the Estimative Index Method of fertilizing aquarium plants, Read it here; Estimative Index Method of Fertilizing

11-16-11:
It's back!! Aponogeton Crispus with it's serrated leaf edges really stands out in your aquarium! It's really a beautiful addition to any aquarium for the background or side corners! Get it here; Aponogeton Crispus, click here!

10-27-11:
Look for a new series of articles covering individual aspects of the planted aquarium such as substrate, filtration, CO2, fertilizing, maintenance, and more. Coming Soon!
Don Matakis, Grower

09-24-11:
NEW! Dwarf Hairgrass on 5 x 6 corkbark mat ready to cut and plant for beautiful thick lawn of hairgrass! Get it here; Dwarf Hairgrass Mat, click here! Here is the Tropica profile on Dwarf Hairgrass in the planted aquarium; Dwarf Hairgrass, click here

09-17-11:
Lindernia Rotundifolia Variegated is a beautiful new addition to our aquarium plant lineup, a beautiful stem plant that has a unique green look with watermelon leaves, get it here; Lindernia Rotundifolia Variegated, click here! Here is the Tropica profile on Lindernia in the planted aquarium; Lindernia Rotundifolia Variegated, click here

08-12-11:
Pogostemon Helferi is a new plant, rare, and it is lush and ready to be used in your aquarium to enhance your foreground with either beautiful green or rose shades of color, get it here; Pogostemon Helferi, click here!

07-28-11:
Eriocaulon Setaceum is a new plant, rare, and it is lush and ready to be used in your aquarium to enhance your midground or background with an unbelievable beautiful green shade of color, get it here; Eriocaulon Setaceum , click here!

05-24-11:
Riccia is back and it is lush and ready to be used in your aquarium to decorate rocks or driftwood, get it here; Riccia Fluitans, click here! Here is the Tropica article on using Riccia in the planted aquarium; Riccia Fluitans Article, click here

04-28-11:
Many new species coming soon, including Juncus Repens, found on the Tropica Website here; Juncus Repens, Hygrophila Pinnatifida, a new and exciting plant from India found on the Tropica Website here; Hygrophila Pinnatifida, Lindernia Rotundifolia found on the Tropica Website here; Lindernia Rotundifolia, Staurogyne repens, another relatively new foreground plant found in River Rio Cristalino in the southern Amazonas, found here on the Tropica Website; Staurogyne Repens. Also the return of Pogostemom Helferi, an exciting and relatively new foreground plant from the River Kwai in Thailand found here on the Tropica Website; Pogostemon Helferi and the article on the hunt for Pogostemon Helferi found here; Hunt for Pogostemon Helferi. All of these plants are in production in our nursery, as well as some not mentioned that cannot be found anywhere else, look for them in two to six weeks as we produce sufficient quantities to list in the store. If there is any plant you are looking for but don't see, contact me through the live chat link on the front page and ask, I might have it even though it is not listed. Don Matakis, Grower

03-15-11:
Check out the new Cryptocoryne Spiralis, it is one of my favorites! Found here; Cryptocoryne Spiralis. Beautiful crinkled leaves underwater!

03-15-11:
Check out the Didiplis Diandra, it is back! Found here; Didiplis Diandra. Has red tips under good light!

02-14-11:
Check out the Narrow Leaf Ludwigia, it is back! Found here; Narrow Leaf Ludwigia. This is another beautiful red aquarium plant!

01-11-11:
Check out the Ammania Senegalensis Red, it is back! Found here; Ammania Senegalensis Red. This is a beautiful red aquarium plant!

11-17-10:
We are working on new plant arrivals, new species not offered previously. Check out the New Hygrophila Siamensis Narrow Leaf found here; Hygrophila Siamensis Narrow Leaf. This is a very adaptable and easy to grow aquarium plant!

10-29-10:
Proserpinaca Palustris Check it out here; Proserpinaca Palustris Also Cryptocoryne Undulata found here; Cryptocoryne Undulata. Two new great additions to a growing list of beautiful plants for your aquarium!

09-25-10:
Cryptocoryne Willisii is available and quickly becoming my favorite crypt, it will do well in any aquarium! Check it out here; Cryptocoryne Willisii Again, check out the New Echinodorus Vesuvius found here; Echinodorus Vesuvius. Kleiner Prinz, another new sword plant will be available soon, it is a beautiful red small sword and so perfect for smaller aquariums with or without high lighting and or CO2.

09-10-10:
We are working on new plant arrivals, new species not offered previously. Check out the New Echinodorus Vesuvius found here; Echinodorus Vesuvius. Kleiner Prinz, another new sword plant will be available today or tomorrow, it is a beautiful red small sword and so perfect for smaller aquariums with or without high lighting and or CO2.

08-04-10:
The heat is no problem for shipping plants with a cold pack, for a limited time we are including a free cold pack with every order so that your plants will stay cool during shipping! Of course most of the packages are already free shipping! It's our way of helping you to beat the heat.

07-15-10:
In our nursery we grow our plants to arrive at your door with optimum nutrient reserves and in perfect condition. Our grower is considered an expert in his field and the difference between our beautiful aquarium plants and others is immediately obvious! Recently he was interviewed for the Hudson River Project in New York for their native aquatic plant replanting project. Click on Hudson River Project Click on the audio file to hear his comments, scroll down to see the written text. He has done consulting work for the Minnesota zoo as well! Plants that are held by companies from a wholesaler to ship out immediately have poor nutrient reserves and thus struggle to make it in a new aquarium environment. Often stem plants shipped from others are mushy with leaves falling off in transit. Because we grow them in a controlled optimum environment our plants are unique. We invite you to take the comparison test with us. If you are looking for quality, beautiful aquarium plants that will thrive in your aquarium then the choice is obvious! Need help setting up? Email us at New Setup

07-02-10:
We are here to educate and help you. We do not just send you plants and say good luck with them. We are here to answer all of your questions concerning a beautiful planted aquarium. There is nothing more relaxing and stress relieving than beautiful plants and fish in harmony together!

05-22-10:
Check out our new article plant profile on Pogostemon Helferi found here; Pogostemon Helferi Profile

05-17-10:
Riccia coming back, more Pogostemon Helferi, Cryptocoryne Spiralis, Cryptocoryne Willisii, Cryptocoryne Wendtii Tropica, Cryptocoryne Mi Oya; and much more to be available soon!

04-20-10:
It's Here!!!! Pogostemon Helferi sold out in three days, we are growing more out and more will be available soon, if you are interested and want to know when just send us an email stating your interest in this plant. You can read about it here; Pogostemon Helferi Article. You can find it here; Pogostemon Helferi.

04-17-10:
It's Here!!!! Pogostemon Helferi is finally available, we have been growing it out for a while now and the result is full, beautiful plants! Very Limited right now and only one per customer. You can find it here; Pogostemon Helferi.

04-08-10:
How to Grow Aquarium Plants is a new article that covers all the aspects of a planted aquarium setup and maintenance. You can find it here; How to Grow Aquarium Plants. Email us if you need help or have questions!

03-09-09:
Hydrotriche Hottoniiflora is here, go here to purchase it; Click here for Hydrotriche Hottoniiflora I love the look of this plant with the whorls at the top (even the pic does not do it justice), I will be including this one in my home aquarium! Don Matakis, Grower

03-04-09:
New Aquarium Plants in production to be offered in two to four weeks include Pogostemon Helferi, info can be found here on this plant; Pogostemon Helferi Tropica Article also Ammania ssp. Bonsai, Junctus Repens, Ludwigia Repens "Rubin", Eriocaulon Setaceum, and a few more. Email me at New Plants if you are interested in obtaining any of these species.

02-16-09:
We highly recommend choosing the heat pack option at checkout, it will protect your investment in plants and give you peace of mind that your plants will arrive safely.

01-05-09:
Phyllanthus Fluitans is back! Great floating plant with beautiful reds and greens in it! And it is on sale for 4.95 and two extra plants added for a total of ten! You can find it here; Phyllanthus Fluitans, Click Here. See actual photo's of what you are getting here; Phyllanthus Photo's, Click Here

01-02-09:
Happy New Year to all our aquarium plant enthusiasts! Yes we can ship live plants in cold weather, provided you add the heat pack. You can find it here; Shipping Heat Pack, Click Here. It will protect your live plant investment and give you peace of mind.

12-12-09:
While it is not necessary to choose the Express shipping option this time of year, we do recommend adding the 48 hour Shipping Heat Pack with your Priority or Free Shipping Option with packages or live plants. It will not add any shipping charges to your order with the free shipping option for live plant packages. You can find it here; Shipping Heat Pack, Click Here. It will protect your live plant investment and give you peace of mind.

11-30-09:
Purigen is highly recommended for polishing the water and removing organic waste from the water column. For planted aquariums it removes buildup and thus prevents breakdown of organic waste which releases ammonia which then feeds nuisance algae, without removing nutrients that plants need! You can read about it here; Purigen, Click Here. For up to one hundred gallons all you need is a 10 ML pack which already comes in a mesh container, just drop it in to any filter!

10-26-09:
Remember, we offer free of charge how to's on aquarium setups, fish and plant knowledge by phone with our expert, all aspects from start to finish to maintain a beautiful planted aquarium with top quality plants and support after the sale. Give us a call at 507-331-5801, if no one is available our expert will call you back and discuss the how to's with you!

09-24-09:
NEW! Special Pricing! Hard To Kill Aquarium Plant Package for beginners complete with Aquascape Layout, planting instructions, plant care sheet, unlimited phone consultation. All you need is a liquid carbon source like Natural Aquarium Vital found here; Natural Aquarium Vital or Seachem Excel and a good liquid fertilizer like Tropica Master Grow found here; Tropica Master Grow Package is found here; Hard To Kill Package

08-13-09:
Check out Matt's aquarium which was designed using our plants, he is a customer of ours. It is in album form, click on the photo's for a larger view or navigate with the arrows by hovering over them with your mouse to see what they do. It can be found here; Matthew's aquarium, click on the link and opens in a new window. It is an excellent example of what can be achieved using our advice and plants!

07-08-09:
NEW! Special Pricing! Lobelia Cardinalis true small form is back! It can be found here; Lobelia Cardinalis "Small Form" It is an excellent addition for the midground and only requires medium lighting! (only nine available!)

06-18-09:
NEW! Special Pricing! Hard To Kill Aquarium Plant Package for beginners complete with Aquascape Layout, planting instructions, plant care sheet, unlimited phone consultation. All you need is a liquid carbon source like Natural Aquarium Vital found here; Natural Aquarium Vital and a good liquid fertilizer like Tropica Master Grow found here; Tropica Master Grow Package is found here; Hard To Kill Package

06-17-09:
Remember to keep your phosphates and nitrates at proper levels to keep your planted aquarium in balance. These are two macros that plants need to grow and outcompete algae. Your phosphates should be at between .5MG/L for medium lighting, 1.00MG/L for high lighting, nitrates roughly at 12MG/L for medium lighting, 15-20MG/L for high lighting. When nitrate levels go to zero you will have issues with algae. Phosphate comes from the fish food you feed your fish, nitrates from the fish waste. How do we maintain these? First you need a medium heavy fish load, feed 2-3 times per day, about half of what you think they need each feeding, better to feed more frequently with less each time, test for first couple of weeks to see what you are producing for these two macros, and then when you are hitting within those ranges you can simply feed your fish based on what you are hitting and stop testing. Makes it pretty simple then. Change 25 to fifty percent of your water per week. Add a good micronutrient fertilizer weekly on the water change, better to divide that into seven daily doses per week though. Lighting for minimum ten hours per day. Keep CO2 levels to 25-30MG/L and you should have a thriving planted tank that is algae free. There are varying levels and amounts based on several factors that I won't go into here, but that is the basics for healthy planted tanks. Send me an email if you have questions? Don Matakis (Grower)

05-11-09:
Yes, we do have it! Limited quantities of the Hemianthus Callitrichoides (HC) foreground plant from Cuba are available! Hemianthus Callitrichoides (HC) should be planted in adjoining groups in the foreground of the aquarium. One pot grown in stone wool is easily divided into 7-8 portions which are then planted with a distance of a few in. Within 3-4 weeks the plants will cover the bottom forming a beautiful green carpet. Read about it at Tropica here; Hemianthus Callitrichoides Article

05-02-09:
No, we don't have it! Limited quantities of the Hemianthus Callitrichoides (HC) foreground plant from Cuba have already sold out! Hemianthus Callitrichoides (HC) should be planted in adjoining groups in the foreground of the aquarium. One pot grown in stone wool is easily divided into 7-8 portions which are then planted with a distance of a few in. Within 3-4 weeks the plants will cover the bottom forming a beautiful green carpet. Read about it at Tropica here; Hemianthus Callitrichoides Article We will have it ready soon again!

04-28-09:
Yes, we have it! Limited quantities but we have the Hemianthus Callitrichoides (HC) foreground plant from Cuba! Hemianthus Callitrichoides (HC) should be planted in adjoining groups in the foreground of the aquarium. One pot grown in stone wool is easily divided into 7-8 portions which are then planted with a distance of a few in. Within 3-4 weeks the plants will cover the bottom forming a beautiful green carpet. Read about it at Tropica here; Hemianthus Callitrichoides Article See it here under our new and specialty Aquarium Plant arrivals; Hemianthus Callitrichoides

04-06-09:
Folks, I am still getting customers who are telling me they want to plant their aquarium first for two to four weeks (via advice on the internet) and then add the fish. Plants need two macros that only fish can provide short of adding a preparation for these, they are Phosphorus and Nitrogen (ever see a farmer putting liquid nitrogen on his field?). Phosphorus comes from the fish food you feed your fish, and Nitrates come from the fish waste. How are your plants going to get these two macros if there are no fish in your aquarium? The short answer is they are not! So the plants will not get stronger and more established but actually get weaker. So plan to add fish first, if you want to bypass cycling then get a product called Seachem Stability, use as directed for seven days, you can add all of the fish the first day you start using it, and it works, cycling is complete in seven days!

03-05-09:
Heat packs are no longer necessary, the weather has warmed sufficiently to ship without them!

01-12-09:
Please choose the heat pack option when checking out with your order, it is extra protection and worth the extra couple of dollars when it is this cold. We want your plants to arrive safely!

12-19-08:
We would like to thank all of our customers over the years for their business, many of you have continued with repeat business, adding aquariums, or changing aquarium plants in your existing aquarium! All of us would like to wish all of you a joyful and wonderful holiday and a happy new year! Don Matakis, Grower/Owner

12-18-08:
We hope to have several exciting new varieties in the new year such as Ludwigia "Cuba" (beautiful color plant for the midground), Pogostemon Helferi (great new foreground plant), Hemianthus Callitrichoides (another great new foreground plant), Ludwigia Inclinata (another color plant for the midground), and more! Don Matakis, Grower/Owner

10-23-08:
We started this company years ago for two reasons. Being a planted aquarium hobbyist all of my life, I could not get quality plants shipped to me without losing some of them due to the fact that all retailers bought wholesale plants that did not ever grow under water, and then shipped them on to the customer in their weakest state. The result was always plants that had already, or were perishing. That was the industry standard! That was the first reason we decided to start a company based on quality, submerged, aquarium plants. The second reason was education. We didn't want to just sell the plants without showing our customers how to grow them properly, not how to just keep them barely alive for two to three months but how to make them thrive for years! After all, if you just sell the plants and don't assist your customer on the proper growing methods, they cannot be successful underwater gardeners. Starting out with a new aquarium? Send us an email with your phone number and best time to call and we will actually call you to help! Our guarantee to our customers is that the aquarium plants will be beautiful when they arrive at your doorstep, and we will assist you every step of the way on growing beautiful plants to create your own "living art" underwater garden. Not only will it calm and soothe you, but your fish will love you for it too! Don Matakis, Grower

10-11-08:
Be sure to read our section on water chemistry and testing. It will inform you as to what tests you need to be successful with a planted aquarium and what to look for. The link to it is here; Aquarium Water Chemistry Testing Don Matakis, Grower

08-15-08:
We have added a new Anubias to our Anubias plants for purchase, it is "Narrow leaf nana" and the description is as follows; Anubias barteri var. nana 'narrow leaf' is a great addition to any planted tank. It thrives in low light environments forming dense clumps instead of sprawling like some of it's larger relatives. This aquarium plant is not very tall growing and easily fits into the foreground settings of many aquariums. The link to it is here; Anubias Nana "Narrowleaf" Don Matakis, Grower

07-25-08:
We have delivered the plants to the new Minnesota Zoo Turtle Habitat project on the indoor trail, all of the plants are in place and we hope the public will enjoy the new Turtle Habitat pond. Again, all of the turtles in that exhibit will be Minnesota native species! Photos will follow as soon as it is grown out! Don Matakis, Grower

07-02-08:
We are busy growing plants out for the new Minnesota Zoo Turtle Habitat project on the indoor trail, some of the plants are in place and we are growing the stem plants to submerged from emersed before they go in that Turtle Habitat pond. All of the turtles in that exhibit will be Minnesota native species! Hopefully we can get some photos to show you when that project is complete. Don Matakis, Grower

06-09-08:
Contrary to some advice online I need to clear up a misconception about fish or plants first. Fish must always precede plants in a new planted aquarium setup. The reason for this is that without fish, plants will not receive two important macro nutrients that they must have, namely Phosphorus and Nitrogen. Phosphorus in the aquarium while needed only in a trace amount of .25 MG/L to .50 MG/L, comes from the fish food you feed your fish (which is why a good phosphorus test kit is initially needed!). Nitrate or Nitrogen comes from the waste the fish produce after eating that fish food, and that should be maintained at at least a ten to one ratio to the phosphorus up to a 20 to one ratio to the phosphorus (Nitrate test kit needed as well!). A good target range is .30 MG/L for phosphorus and 3 - 6 MG/L for nitrates. So fish first, then the plants! I will post an article that explains in detail how you arrive at these numbers by feeding your fish soon! Please email me if you have questions about this at Plants or Fish? Click Here Don Matakis, Grower

04-25-08:
Coming soon, Pogostemon yatabeanus, an exciting new plant! Also, soon to have the ever popular, take any water condition Xingu Sword! Watch for details. Don Matakis, Grower

03-13-08:
There is much misinformation on CO2 levels, with one popular site using the mans name as a method to grow plants stating that you need 25 -30 MG/L of co2 to be successful. I must strongly contradict that assumption as it really depends on your carbonate hardness (KH). Here is the proper chart to follow: Carbon Dioxide Chart or CO2 chart Email me if you have questions? Don Matakis

03-10-08:
A big thank you to all of our loyal repeat customers as well as our new customers for choosing us for their planted aquarium needs. We strive to provide quality plants at every turn, and we also want our customers to have the knowledge to do it right so they can enjoy this hobby for a lifetime! Don and Linda Matakis

01-23-08:
We offer unlimited, expert help to every customer of ours free of charge. For how long? For life! We have had many past customers of ours run into a problem with their planted aquarium in terms of algae, plant growth, aquascaping and more. Our goal is too show you how to grow the plants we offer and maintain your planted aquarium the right way! And if you are new to the hobby, just ask for help in the proper setup of a planted aquarium. We will be happy to advise you. There is nothing like a well maintained planted aquarium with colorful tropical fish swimming through it!
Don Matakis, Grower

01-17-08:
It's cold folks! Add a heat pack to your order when you choose your shipping option and we will guarantee safe arrival!

12-20-07:
Check out our new article on aquarium plant water chemistry testing here: Aquarium Plants Water Chemistry Testing This is everything you need to know about how to test your aquarium water to achieve optimum results!

12-12-07:
Check out Matt Helgeson's aquarium here: Matt Helgeson's Aquarium This is his aquarium after five months of growth! He is a Horticulture Graduate Student at Iowa State University!

12-12-07:
We highly recommend that you choose the shipping option at checkout with heat pack this time of year.

11-28-07:
New Indian Red Sword plants are in, we only have a dozen and first come first served. They are hardy and beautiful. Look at this sword here: Indian Red Sword

11-16-07:
New Red Sea fish foods with patented dispenser! The unique (pat. pending) dispenser lid includes a push button system that dispenses a measured portion of food every time, in a convenient, hygienic and safe way. The freshness cup over the dispenser lid ensures that the food remains fresh and free from humidity both before purchase and during regular use, even if stored near the aquarium. The fish protein used in the Red Sea "GRO" fish foods is produced in a special low temperature process that better preserves the natural digestive enzymes from the fish themselves. This results in a dramatically digestible protein source as compared to other commercial diets, enabling your fish to get more nutrition out of every bite they take. Check it out here: TropiGrow Fish Food

10-24-07:
UPDATE: Kleiner Bar swords will be in Friday, be sure to check them out. It is the perfect midground red sword and they are beautiful! grows in hard or soft water, acid or alkaline PH, doesn't even need CO2 to do well! Check it out here: Kleiner Bar Sword. Also, Lileopsis is back in stock for a limited time. Makes a great foreground plant like a grass lawn! Check it out here: Lilaeopsis.
Don Matakis, Grower

10-20-07:
UPDATE: Echinodorus Tennelus is almost ready for individual offering of ten plants, (a foreground plant somewhat like dwarf saggitaria), and new stem plants such as Ludwigia Inclinata, Eusteralis S. Limnophilia Aromatica approx. three weeks till ready! Again, these will be submerged plants, not emersed.
Don Matakis, Grower

09-15-07:
More varieties of plants are coming including several varieties of Echinodorus Tennelus, (a foreground plant somewhat like dwarf saggitaria), and new stem plants such as Ludwigia Inclinata! These will be submerged plants, not emersed. And of course, they will be of the highest quality. Coming in two to four weeks!
Don Matakis, Grower

07-03-07:
Aquascaping is an orderly way of arranging plants so that you get a sense of depth when you view your aquarium, and is most successful when some basic rules are followed so that the final display is the most pleasing to the human eye. It really takes a little time for the plants to "grow in" before the aquascape is complete. This is why I refer to it as "living art", with an ever changing look as each day passes. What fun! Here is the article from my friend Birgit in Austria, the best explanation of aquascaping I have ever read! Article on Aquascaping
Don Matakis, Grower

05-15-07:
Dwarf hairgrass and also Echinodorus Tennelus are almost ready!. Also Lilaeopsis macloviana which is the taller species of Lilaeopsis, Marsilea hirsuta, also almost ready. If you would like to be emailed when these plants are available just click on
Plant Availability? and indicate which plant in the body of the email.

04-20-07:
We will soon have the true dwarf hairgrass and also Echinodorus Tennelus as well as the micro version available. Also Lilaeopsis macloviana which is the taller species of Lilaeopsis. Marsilea hirsuta will also be available and is commonly known as quadrifolia. These plants and other new additions coming soon. If you would like to be emailed when these plants are available just click on
Plant Availability? and indicate which plant in the body of the email.

04-19-07:
Need help with your setup in terms of what plants will best suit your aquarium, algae control, water chemistry, cycling your aquarium, then drop us an email with your phone number and best time to call before 11:00 AM Central time or after 5:30 PM Central time and we will contact you to help! To email us just click on
I need help? and indicate your question in the body of the email. These times are also the best time to reach our grower if you are calling with questions. We are here to help you create a successful planted aquarium!

01-19-07:
I am convinced that substrate heating in the planted aquarium after five years of experimenting with it in our nursery is equivalent to long term stability in the planted aquarium. It has consistently performed better with the cables than our tanks that do not have it with less algae problems and substrate problems due to compaction due to organic substance accumulation, and while the tanks without it needed a breakdown and refurb after 12 to 18 months, the tanks with the cables have been stable for over 5 years to date. The new article on substrate heating can be found here:
Substrate Heating Article.

12-08-06:
We have Christmas Moss back in stock and it is the best ever for look and texture! Also, very nice Bolbitus which is only available periodically due to slow growth, it is a fern from Africa. Christmas moss and Bolbitus are listed under the aquarium plants category on the front page, and then the specialty plants subcategory. Or click on this link for Christmas Moss; Christmas Moss and this one for Bolbitus; Bolbitus.

10-12-06:
We have Ammania Gracilis from Africa and it is a beautiful addition to any aquarium. The color in the Ammania is green in low to medium light and multi reds in high light! It is listed under the aquarium plants category on the front page, and then the specialty plants subcategory. Or click on this link; Ammania Gracilis

09-14-06:
African bogwood is on sale for 5.00 off on all sizes for a limited time. They are listed under the aquarium supplies category on the front page and then the subcategory of African bogwood if you scroll down. These are stunning additions to your aquarium and are sinking pieces so no need to weigh them down! You can plant Java Fern, Anubias, or moss to them and those plants will attach to the wood and thrive!

09-13-06:
We have Ammania Senegalensis from Africa and Gymnocoronis Spilanthoides from South America now, and they are beautiful additions to any aquarium. The color in the Ammania and a shade of green unlike anything else in the Gymnocoronis are amazing! They are listed under the aquarium plants category on the front page, and then the specialty plants subcategory.

07-31-06:
We are working hard to get the new species of plants growing so that they will be available for you in the near future, it is taking a bit longer than anticipated but we are closer, we have added two new varieties recently and many more to come. The new Amazonia substrate is without a doubt the best I have used so far, for example we took a Eusteralis Stellata from a neglected small tank with a very thin small stem, and in two and a half weeks it had tripled in thickness and leaf growth was much improved and had more color! The bottom line is even better plants than ever before! Echnidorus tennelus will soon be ready for sale as a foreground plant as we have had many inquiries about that plant. And as always our commitment to perfect plants arriving at your door is guaranteed! Don Matakis, owner.

06-09-06:
The new facility is operational, we do have several new tanks up and growing with more to come. What this means for our customers is that we will be out of stock on plants less often or hopefully not at all. We will be offering beautiful submerged stem plants (versus emersed stem plants which then need to convert to submerged, look terrible during the conversion time, and is the industry standard), common and not so common, and they will arrive at the customers door in perfect condition. These plants have ready reserves of nutrients, are grown to be strong specimens, and are unlike any aquarium plant you might have previously purchased. These new submerged stem plant replacements for our currently out of stock species will be ready for sale in approximately three to four weeks. If there is something you are interested in or looking for, let us know and we will be happy to try and provide it for you. In the near future we will be offering aquarium plants that are not usually available. All of these plants are grown in the Takashi Amano substrate called Amazonia utilizing his proprietary substrate system with power sand and mineral additives. We are now offering this system found here to our customers: Amano's Substrate System. We have seen amazing growth with this system! Don Matakis

05-14-06:
Afican Bogwood is here! Large, medium, and small, as well as branch in beautiful light brown and with dark chocolate brown knots. Soon we will offer Anubias, Bolbitus, Java Fern, and moss covered pieces! See them here; African Bogwood

05-12-06:
We are working hard behind the scenes to bring you more varieties of reds and beautiful plants that are not typiclally found in the U.S. We will have photos up shortly so you can see the additions to our facilities. We would like to thank all of you that helped to make this addition a necessary one! Remember, we are growing beautiful and rare varieties that will be available in the near future, and we offer the highest quality aquarium plants available in the entire U.S., guaranteed! We will stand behind our quality one hundred per cent! We are commited to your success with your planted aquarium or aquascape, and are available to help you achieve that from start to finish. Don't know what will fit with your setup? If you need expert advice I am here to help! A well planted aquarium is a beautiful and always enjoyable addition to anyones home or office! And your fish will love it too! Don Matakis

04-10-06:
We are in the new facility giving us an additional 1200 square feet of growing space! Nothing is up and running yet but we will have photos of the facility and greenhouse when we do. The new facility will have water storage capacity of 1100 gallons, automated water changes, greenhouse additions for emersed growth just outside of the facility, and allow us to have all of those stem plants that are listed as out of stock due to the high demand available all of the time. Also, we will be adding driftwood with plants attached and several other new items for all of your aquascaping needs! Don Matakis

03-23-06:
Crinum Calamistratum is a rare African plant that needs medium light and is not fussy about temperature and you will find it here; Crinum Calamistratum Limit two to a customer please. This one is beautiful and will go fast!

03-08-06:
Our article explaining Controlling and measuring Macro nutrients in the planted aquarium to avoid algae and obtain optimum plant growth is found here; Controlling and measuring Macro nutrients in the planted aquarium It will explain in easy terms why you need to know your nutrient levels to optimize plant growth and minimize algae growth.

02-16-06:
Our article explaining Carbon Dioxide and why you need it to grow plants in your aquarium is found here; Carbon Dioxide, what is it and why do I need it to grow plants? It will explain in easy terms why you need this to grow live aquarium plants.

02-16-06:
Whether you are looking for plants to give your fish hiding places (wait until you see their behavior when you put the plants in), cleaner water, to combat algae, or looking for plants to try your hand at underwater gardening, we are here to help you get set up the right way. We may make recommendations on change of equipment to help you reach the goal you have set, or help you to choose plants that will work with the equipment you already have. There are plants for every situation that will work, and if you give them the basics; light, Carbon Dioxide, fertilizer, you too can grow plants successfully! If you are having problems with your existing setup then send us an email and we will help you to get it turned around. If it is an algae issue, then read this article; Algae Control in Freshwater Aquaria. There is really nothing like a live plant aquarium in your home, where else can you create and observe a minature ecosystem in action? After all of these years I still get excited when I get an opportunity to create that underwater garden. I know you will too! Don Matakis, owner.

01-06-06:
Amazon Frogbit from South America is now available for presale! When orders are filled, they will ship to you in two weeks. Once we reach the limit, we will take this one down until it is regrown again so if you are looking for a great fry cover floating plant this is the plant you want. You can find it here under floating plants; Amazon Frogbite

01-04-06:
Hope you had a happy holiday! New plants and more information on how to's will be forthcoming this new year! I want to remind those customers just starting out that when you first plant your plants, wait a day before you add your fertilizer. When you do, add half the amount for the first week, one quarter the amount on the bottles recommended dosage if you have soft water. I will cover this in more detail in an upcoming artilce on fertilizing your plants properly. Also, there will be more detailed fertilizing techniques for the advanced aquatic gardener. Look for these articles and new plants soon! Don Matakis, owner.

12-09-05:
We are growing! (Pun intended) We will be adding a new commercial nursery building and greenhouse the first part of next year. We will post photos when the project is completed. We are expanding in response to the demand for the high quality plants that we grow! We need more space to keep pace with the increasing demand for our nursery grown plants in order to do away with out of stock notices in our storefront on the web site. Soon, all of our plants will be available all of the time! We will be offering more choices for rare and hard to find plants and more great plant packages and biotope options. And still at the same low prices. We will be offering two new beautiful species, Erect moss and Taiwan moss, in addition to the quality Christmas moss and Java moss we offer now, for example. And Ammania Senegalensis and Ammania Gracilis from Africa are almost ready at last. We hope you are as excited as we are!
Don Matakis, owner.

11-14-05:
Is it too cold to ship plants this time of year? No! Plants actually prefer cooler temps while in transit. If you think your plants will be sitting at your house in freezing weather while you are at work (below32 degrees farhenheit), then add a heat pack found here; Shipping heat pack. It usually has to get quite a bit cooler than freezing to affect plants and we do insulate each box to offset this. Email us if you have a concern about this.

10-03-05:
We started a feasibility study with the Minnesota Zoo a year ago after they approached us about the possibility of creating a Southeast Asian Biotope for their 1200 gallon indoor display aquarium, we wanted to know if we could create a Southeast Asian Biotope that could sustain itself without CO2 supplements, and the smaller aquarium we used in the study allowed the aquarist to familiarize himself with the plants to be used in the 1200 gallon aquarium. The feasibility study results have been a resounding success, and I will write about it in an upcoming article, on some of the challenges we face to make it a reality. Look for it here and in the articles page on the site.
Don Matakis, owner.

09-12-05:
Narrow Leaf Ludwigia is ready for purchase, it is one of my personal favorites and you can find it here; Narrow Leaf Ludwigia
Don Matakis, owner.

08-23-05:
All of us here at Aquatic Scapes would like to thank all of our loyal customers who have ordered from us on multiple occasions. It is a testimony to your faith in the quality of our plants, and to our dedication to our customers to offer only the highest quality plants available anywhere at reasonable prices. And don't forget, we offer our expertise to help you to be successful, with useful advice and how to's after these beautiful plants arrive at your door and go into your aquarium. Thank you from all of us!

07-08-05: (update 8/23:a while longer yet!)
Ammania Gracilis is almost ready, hopefully within two weeks we will have it grown enough to offer it, it is probably my favorite red plant of all time!

06-17-05:
Flora Base is available now from Red Sea, and eliminates the need for heating cables, CO2, and fertilizer. Why? It has it all! In a side by side comparison test Flora Base beat Flourite by SeaChem hands down! The price includes shipping and figure one bag for each 10 gallons, check it out here; Flora Base

05-29-05:
Ammania will take a little longer, we are working on getting enough grown before we put it up. It will be well worth the wait though, it is a perfect centerpiece plant for any aquascape! Enjoy your holiday weekend! Don Matakis

04-28-05:
Coming soon, Ammania Gracilis, a stunning red plant from Africa, look for it sometime next week. Have a great weekend to all! Don Matakis

04-06-05:
Planting arrangements in your aquarium can be done using different methods. For example, sometimes less is more. Using four different species like vallisneria (spralis, corkscrew), swords (red ozelot, green ozelot), saggitaria (dwarf, narrow), and a dwarf aquarium lily, you can create quite an effect with the red ozelot and different shades of green with the aquarium lily being a red centerpiece just to the left or right of center. Add a little driftwood, some smooth and proportionately large stones, and you have quite a breathtaking underwater scene! Enjoy! Don Matakis

03-19-05:
For a centerpiece plant, do not plant it dead center, the eye seeks a centerpiece just to the left or right of center, and it makes the overall aquascape composition more pleasing to the one viewing it. Enjoy! Don Matakis

02-27-05:
Takashi Amano from Japan said it best when he made this statement; "The art and purpose of the Nature Aquarium, is through the study of the intricacy of Nature, to flawlessly capture and refine the space, composition, color and all that expresses the designs and layouts found in Nature. Its object, is to generate within the soul, the very same tranquillity, nostalgia and awe that one feels when gazing upon the grandeur of Mother Nature." - Takashi Amano. It is exactly why we love this business of aquascaping so much! Here is the article from my friend Birgit Fruewirth in Austria on aquascaping 101 again! Aquascaping Principles Enjoy! Don Matakis

02-17-05:
We just started the first crop of Cryptocoryne Parva, we have limited amounts for sale! You can find the Parva here; One Parva Plant or get a discount when you buy five Parva plants here; Five Parva Plants We will only have limited supplies of these beautiful little plants before they regrow again!

01-05-05:
We hope you had a happy holiday, and just to let you know we are planning some exciting new things for this new year. Aquascape ideas for you as well as more biotopes and layouts and more plants in the database for your information. Also some new and helpful articles! Check this page for updates or bookmark it. It's cold out there this time of the year folks so I recommend adding a 40 hour heat pack to your order if you are shipping 2-3 day, it will definitely help! You can find those here; Shipping Heat Packs We want your plants to arrive in perfect condition!

12-28-04:
Here is an exciting and very affordable new addition for those of you that would like the beneficial effects of gas CO2 in your aquarium but don't want to pay that three hundred dollars for a CO2 gas system! And it plugs into a timer to go on and off with the lights saving CO2 when it is not needed at night and preventing PH levels from dropping too far! Good for up to forty gallons, and complete with a built in diffusor we are proud to offer this new product from Red Sea.CO2 Bio-Generator Check it out. I recommend extra replacement packs so you can have a few months supply if you want this item for your aquarium. I always advocate gas CO2 for better plant growth, this brand new product is a definite winner!

12-19-04:
Want to know how to grow healthy plants? Here is a general view of what you need for your aquarium! Healthy Plants

12-18-04:
We highly recommend next day shipping until after the holidays, 2-3 day is taking much longer during the holidays.

12-02-04:
Two great new products on our site are the DuplaGan and the DuplaCur. Duplagan is much more than an ordinary water conditioner, you can read about the beneficial effects here; DuplaGan, click here scroll down to read about this wonderful conditioner from Dupla, and DuplaCur here; DuplaCur, one wonderful health enhancing product that can be used with every water change!

11-11-04:
Need help figuring out what you do and don't need for your aquarium? Send us an email with what you have and we will be happy to help!

11-03-04:
Soon we will have an article on how to make your own driftwood or rock covered planting arrangements using Anubias Nana's, Christmas Moss, Riccia, and Java Moss. We will detail what the different materials are that can be used and different techniques for you to try in your own aquarium! Topics covered will be nettings, threads, temporary methods of fastening plants to the rocks or driftwood, plant positioning, accelerating root and thallus attachment, and how to maintain those planted driftwood and rock pieces when they begin to grow.

10-20-04:
We have finally made available the Substrate Gold in the store. It is found here; Substrate Gold We have been including it in some of our packages for quite some time and have had unbelievable growth in the nursery using this product.

10-10-04:
We have included an article page for readers to find the articles posted on this page more easily. It is found here; Article Index We have included relevant articles from other authors as well as our own articles.

10-01-04:
We are pleased to announce our new emersed growth addition to our nursery! We will be growing hard to find plants like Cryptocorne Parva, Cryptocorne Willisi, Anubias Augustifolia (narrow leaf), and many more. These plants will have extra energy reserves for placement in your aquarium as submerged plants. After all, most aquarium plants are amphibious and gain reserves from more sunlight and CO2 above the surface resulting in stronger growth before they are then flooded and grow new submerged leaves better capable of enduring the submerged state. We will post pictures of the new and beautiful emersed growth aquarium plants soon!

09-16-04:
Just available is the original Dupla Thermik substrate heating system 20 watt for up to 32 gallons, and two new sizes in the 40 watt for up to 63 gallons and the 60 watt for up to 95 gallons! Read about the benefits by clicking on this link; Substrate Equipment and then the appropriate set and scroll down for the info.

09-14-04:
(1.) Here is an excerpt by two gentlemen, Paul Sears and Kevin Conlin, who did experiments with algae cause and effect and came up with surprising conclusions found here Control of Algae In Planted Aquaria! Paul Sears was gracious enough to allow us to reprint excerpts as well as point to the original article, and here is an update on Paul's aquarium page. Update on Control of Algae in Planted Aquaria We have included the Conclusion here; Conclusion of Article but encourage you to read the whole article.

09-10-04:
(1.) Phyllanthus fluitans a beautiful and hard to find red (under good light) floating plant hailing from South America, and takes high temps so good for Discus tanks. Needs soft to medium hard water, and you can find it here ; Phyllanthus fluitans

09-10-04:
(1.) Here, again, is an article that we posted in January on aquascaping that my friend Birgit Fruehwirth from Austria wrote and graciously gave me permission to reprint here. Click on this link Aquascaping Principles

08-29-04:
(1.) Package details for those of you who are considering a package and what is included is here; Packages Information

08-03-04:
(1.) Two new packages for existing or new 55 gallon setups that includes everything you need to have a beautiful underwater garden! Professional aquascape, detailed instructions, fertilizer, liquid carbon, and more! Links are here; 55 Gallon Upgrade for setup with upgrade lighting, 55 Gallon Upgrade for setup without upgrade lighting. If you have a larger or smaller setup and want to do a package like this then let us know and we'll customize. If you have questions about this aquarium plant package drop us an email by Clicking Here!

07-29-04:
(1.) Just available is Limnophilla Aromatica, a beautiful South East Asian Plant! This plant grows slowly and so makes for a perfect midground plant. Very colorful wiith good lighting! Link is here; Limnophilla Aromatica If you have questions about this aquarium plant drop us an email by Clicking Here!

07-20-04:
(1.) Check out the article on freshaquarium.about.com's web site about converting to live plants! Yes, we donated the plants and gave advice. Converting to live plants article

07-15-04:
(1.) Just available is Didiplis diandra, a beautiful Southern North American Plant! Link is here; Didiplis diandra If you have questions about this aquarium plant drop us an email by Clicking Here!

07-14-04:
(1.) Just available is Egeria Najas, a hard to find South American Plant from Brazil and Argentina! Link is here; Egeria Najas If you have questions about this aquarium plant drop us an email by Clicking Here!

06-19-04:
(1.) Just completed is our new S.E. Asia biotope! This is a broad representation of S.E. Asia and the plants in the biotope are from a wide range of area there. Here is the link which opens in a new window. S.E. Asian Biotope Soon, we will have this biotope available in varying sizes, if you are interested drop us an email here. Click Here!

06-18-04:
(1.) Watch for our new additions to aquarium plants like Ammania Senegalensis, Dwarf and Tall Hairgrass, Cryptocorne Parva, Cryptocoryne Willisii , Limnophilia Aromatica, Erect moss, and more! We are in the process of growing them out now and they will be available soon. And don't hesitate to ask about any other species you don't see. It might be available now in limited quantities! And often times those items listed as out of stock are being regrown and are also available or will be soon, just ask by sending an email. Click Here!

05-03-04:
(1.) Algae, that darn algae! What to look for and what to do about it in this new article! Want to get rid of your algae problem? Then read this article and you will almost (had to put the word almost in for the naysayers sake) never have algae problems again! Click Here to access the page

04-29-04:
(1.) We are offering Christmas Moss for the first time ever commercially on a first come first serve basis! Here is the page on our current information on this exciting new moss as well as photos from Loh Kwek Leong and our nursery. Click Here to access the page

04-20-04:
(1.) We are featured in the May issue of Freshwater and Marine Aquarium (FAMA), there is a four page article with color photos of our grower and his wife and some of the planted aquariums! The website for FAMA is located here; FAMA Magazine Check it out at your local WalMart store in the pet section.

03-22-04:
(1.) Special! One complete CO2 setup(complete with magnetic valve for a timed CO2 release) with the diffusor included! That is a $45.00 savings, only one available and when it is gone it is gone.
Click Here.

03-10-04:
(1.) If you are looking for an aquarium plant that you don't see on the site, drop us an email, we just might have it in our nursery and be able to arrange for you to have it. You never know unless you ask? To ask,
Click Here.

03-06-04:
(1.) Here is a new video on the Amazon River. Our thanks to PBS for allowing us to use the link to this video! Click on Amazon River Video, and then scroll down to the video.

03-05-04:
(1.) Here is an article on why your new sword plant might not look as good as you expected? It talks about emersed versus submerged growth in aquarium plants. Click on Bad Aquarium Plants?

03-04-04:
(1.) Here is a new aquarium plant, Xingu Sword (Echinodorus latifolius) we are making available to you. Click on this link Echinodorus latifolius to view it, (scroll down for info on this aquarium plant after clicking on the link) it is a promising foreground plant for large aquariums, and mid ground plant for smaller aquariums!

02-20-04:
(1.) Here is a new plant profile on Glossotigma elatinoides. Click on this link Glossotigma elatinoides

01-31-04:
(1.) Here is a new lowlight package for 15 to 30 gallons that you can use with your existing light setup. We will have more of these detailed packages up soon! Go here to view the details: View Package
Go here to purchase this package: Purchase Package

01-30-04:
(1.) Here is a new plant profile on Myriophyllum elatinoides. Click on this link Myriophyllum elatinoides

01-15-04:
(1.) Here is a new plant profile on Narrow Leaf Saggitaria. Click on this link Narrow Leaf Saggitaria

01-01-04:
(1.) Here is an article on aquascaping that my friend Birgit Fruehwirth from Austria wrote and graciously gave me permission to reprint here. Click on this link Aquascaping Principles

12-03-03:
(1.) We are putting a US database together with aquarium plants descriptions and notes on their individual characteristics. Photos will come from our nursery (and therefore take a little time to complete) and notes will be from our grower and his experiences with these aquarium plants. All data will be in US measurements! We are featured on WWW.FRESHAQUARIUM.ABOUT.COM where we will be answering aquarium plant questions and take part in their planted aquarium newsletter scheduled to begin Thursday December 4TH. We will be co-authoring the US Aquarium Plants database with them and provide the information on both sites. We hope to take this database of aquarium plants to a whole new level! Many thanks to Shirlie Sharpe for graciously inviting us to participate after touring our facility.

(2.) We will be featuring notes on aquarium plants that we think are especially nice or anything else that pertains to specials or limited or rare aquarium plants that we occasionally make available as well on this page. Also we will point to articles that you can use to further your own knowledge!
Don Matakis





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