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Old 11-09-2011, 06:33 PM   #41
 
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Plants are seeming to be very difficult for me, well at least Amazon frogbit is. It just doesn't want to grow in may tank. I'm not ready to give up on trying plants though. I think after ready the profiles here that I might give water sprite a try.
I have poor results with Frogbit too. It goes through periods of growth (and even flowering once), then it suddenly dies off to two or three leaves--and this from having carpeted the tank surface in a 70g. After a few weeks, they begin to grow new leaves and spread. Then it all dies back a couple months later. Someone suggested it is because the tank is covered and the humidity is too high. I have hatchetfish and can't uncover. I am trying a couple leaves in two other tanks that are not so tightly sealed to see if this makes a difference. But this is not an easy plant for me, and others have had similar experiences.

Water Sprite is remarkable. I bought one plant in the mid 1990's and I am throwing out plants almost weekly. It takes time to settle in a new tank (doesn't like water parameter changes) but once it does, off it goes. It too goes through periods of rapid growth and periods of much slower growth, rest periods, natural for tropical species. But it never dies off like Frogbit.

Brazilian Pennywort is another easy plant. It can be planted as a normal stem plant, or it can be left floating. Here again, there are obvious rest periods, but this plant I also am chucking out regularly, and all from one spindly stem I found in a fish store 3 years ago. I now have it in five of my seven tanks.

A good liquid fertilizer once a week, like Flourish Comprehensive Supplement, is all these need.

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Old 11-10-2011, 02:22 PM   #42
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I have poor results with Frogbit too. It goes through periods of growth (and even flowering once), then it suddenly dies off to two or three leaves--and this from having carpeted the tank surface in a 70g. After a few weeks, they begin to grow new leaves and spread. Then it all dies back a couple months later. Someone suggested it is because the tank is covered and the humidity is too high. I have hatchetfish and can't uncover. I am trying a couple leaves in two other tanks that are not so tightly sealed to see if this makes a difference. But this is not an easy plant for me, and others have had similar experiences.

Water Sprite is remarkable. I bought one plant in the mid 1990's and I am throwing out plants almost weekly. It takes time to settle in a new tank (doesn't like water parameter changes) but once it does, off it goes. It too goes through periods of rapid growth and periods of much slower growth, rest periods, natural for tropical species. But it never dies off like Frogbit.

Brazilian Pennywort is another easy plant. It can be planted as a normal stem plant, or it can be left floating. Here again, there are obvious rest periods, but this plant I also am chucking out regularly, and all from one spindly stem I found in a fish store 3 years ago. I now have it in five of my seven tanks.

A good liquid fertilizer once a week, like Flourish Comprehensive Supplement, is all these need.

Byron.

Thank you as always for the detailed reply. My first batch of frogbit didn't live long but it showed amazing growth. In two weeks time the roots had gone from not present to over a foot long. That was at the begining of my fishless cycle. I didn't have a hood on at that point. Unfortunately being new to keeping plants they died off after a ph crash resulting in what you and other have said was an iron deficency. This second batch was with a hood on the tank and I've seen almost zero root growth. I'm still researching what happened this time though just so that I can learn from my mistakes.

When I was researching what I kind of tank I wanted I had also looked at dwarf water lettuce and red root floaters. If the frogbit can't survive I'm pretty positive that neither of those could. I would have missed the Brazilian pennywort if you hadn't mentioned it as I was only looking under floating plants. My lighting right now is 2X39W t5 HO 6700k bulbs. I like both the water sprite and pennywort because it will allow me to keep a lid on the tank and also possible go back to using the lighting that came with the tank if I think it seems too bright.

That's the fertlizer I have. I'm glad I got that part right at least. So many different types of fertilizers.
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