And, as it turned out, the rest of them? Are rooted cuttings of land plants packed and labeled as "aqua plants" - they can be grown in water but won't do well in it, and can't really be grown under water at all. Bad pet store, no-no! Caveat emptor, though, right? Yeesh.
Some plants are better than none, at any rate - certainly better than a floating sprig of plastic foliage. I did end up putting one of each of the land plants into each tank; I figure, they'll look nice for now, and when they start to die off in a couple of weeks I can pull them out and replace them with new ones.
So here's what the tanks look like now:
|small, yes, but the fluffy ones will grow FAST|
|"Louise" hiding in the upper left corner|
|black rocks to set off the bright greens|
|see my stove? LOL|
Even though I used some of the non-aquatic plants in the tanks, I still had a whole bunch of tiny plants that needed a home. I don't have a container I can use to set up a proper terrarium right now, so for the time being I set up a vase with some of the black aquarium gravel for them, until I can throw together something nicer:
|$1.99 Ikea "VASEN" vase|
You know, it occurs to me that since I took down my last aquarium a few months ago, I'd been waffling over whether I should get a betta, or start another terrarium. And then Life goes and hands me TWO bettas AND a ton of plants with which to start a terrarium! Weird. :)