03-29-2011, 11:20 PM
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My understanding is that the lilly-pad-leaf at the aquarium surface is there to develop a new banana cluster and that you should let it develop that. If it does you can bury the new banana bit with leaf sticking up when the runner stem deteriorates.
These plants seem to know when they're being screwed with, my sherbert just levered one off the banana base and I've put the stem-trunk under rocks elsewhere in the tank where he won't mess with it. We'll find out how it goes in about 30 hours - it will either be alive or mush by then!
It seems to act much like the apno's but be more sensitive to interruption, guessing because of the soft bulb. I commonly let the apno's grow the runner then pinch it off when its the representative size of a plant I want.
One of the banana I brought home was driving a surface leaf up but disintegrated it wholesale when I put it in sherbert's 5g. Still has some hyooge leaves tho.