WILD PLANTS FROM THE RIVER PARANA
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.