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Old 04-14-2013, 01:56 PM   #11
 
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Did some of your ends of stems melt/turn to mush Byron. I'm seeing new growth just cautious because I'm going on limited light , one T8 daylight tube , hoping its not light deficient
If this is a 48-inch T8 tube with around 6500K, then Pennywort should be fine floating. Once that occurs (give it time, as I said), planting a few stems in the substrate should allow it to adjust, if you want it (or some of it) planted. It is fine left floating, but thin it out once it starts massing up, keeping the stems separate on the surface.

Are you using any liquid fertilizer (this hasn't been mentioned)? Being a fast grower, it naturally will need food. A comprehensive liquid is sufficient, once or perhaps twice a week. Seachem's Flourish comprehensive Supplement is what I use, it is highly concentrated.

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Old 04-14-2013, 02:28 PM   #12
 
I've been use flourish comp. once a week but have been thinking of using twice because I also have 3 swords in there, yes the tube that you mentioned is what I'm using. One more question ,I have a HOB filter that is baffled but still gives some surface disturbance , does disturbance affect floating pennywort like it would a true floating plant. I currently have all of the pennywort over to one side but would like to shift a few stems over.
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Old 04-14-2013, 02:51 PM   #13
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I've been use flourish comp. once a week but have been thinking of using twice because I also have 3 swords in there, yes the tube that you mentioned is what I'm using. One more question ,I have a HOB filter that is baffled but still gives some surface disturbance , does disturbance affect floating pennywort like it would a true floating plant. I currently have all of the pennywort over to one side but would like to shift a few stems over.
I wouldn't be quick to double dose the ferts yet. I have a heavily planted tank and only dose once a week. If you are going to up it don't just double, increase the amount (1.25 dose weekly) and split that total per week instead, or just shorten time between dosings to 6 or 5 days.

The pennywort seems fine if it gets dunked and the stem holds the leaves in a string so they don't get all swirled about. Unlike a lot of dedicated floaters, this is a submerged stem that grows out of the water.

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