Wild Plants

by Gustavo

Iím an IT Professional, I live in Buenos Aires - Argentine (South America)- and Iíve a small cabin over a delta, called ďTigreĒ, because years ago you could see a lot of them going around here. The name of the River is PARANA, born in the south of Brasil it goes down through the Argentine Country and reaches the Atlantic Sea on the Paranaís Delta in front of Buenos Aires.

I started going to the Parana River since I was a teenager as a friend of mine had a house there and we used to go on weekends to fish. Four years ago I bought my own cabin with a small jetty at a two hour boat trip from town. I go there on weekends just to enjoy the peace, the fresh air, sunshine, moon, I love that place.

At that time I had a tiny tank, approximately 50 litres, with Guppyes and Cichlids. Due to the fact that here in Argentine acuatic plants are very expensive I started to take some algae from the lakes where I used to go to fish. Surprisingly they could coexsist very well with my kids.

Finally, I discovered the Echinodorus fastened to the coastline around my cabin. You can see it all over the Parana River which flows down from the South of Brasil. Obviously I took some of them and after cleaning them I put it to the tank. Eureka !

As I explained above, one day after killing a lot of plants in my tank I was looking at the coast of the river and I saw this plant, it had a big leaf and it was under water, so I thought "Why not ?". So, I took a spoon and started to make a circle around its roots, including grass. After that I uncovered the roots and cleaned all of the plant with vinegar for 4 minutes, then I washed under tap water "without soap obviously" to remove the vinegar. That was all ! Iíve never been collecting plants from the river, and yes, I will continue doing that. Yes, there are others but they arenít beautiful.

Indeed the environment is very different, in the wild they are under a brown water, in the river there are powders flowing. In the tank, you know, cleared water without powder. But It seemed to like the new environment. I did try to identify it but I couldn't, here people said they are "camalotes", but this definition is for plants which flows over the river, this plants doesn't drift on top of the river, their seeds drift, but they them selves are fastened to the coast when adults.

They are doing very well in the tank, though they grow up slowly. Below are some photos of the peace and beauty of Tigre and a few photos that I hope you will find interesting.


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