11-19-2009, 08:43 PM
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Hygrophila Polysperma/Difformis Questions
OK so I have a 32g and added a bunch (5 strands) of Hygrophila Polysperma, a bunch (5 strands) of Hygrophila Difformis and a bunch (you guessed it) of Hornwort to it about 60 days ago. I had to get plants that did not need a deep substrate because... well... I don't have a deep substrate. After 2 months of dealing with a "planted tank" with the plants I listed above, here is the outcome and some questions:
- The Hygrophila genus seems to grow roots out of their stems. For example, both my hygrophila polysperma and difformis are protruding shoots towards the bottom of the tank. While I initially believed that this "looked cool" when my plants were smaller because it made it look more heavily planted, I now find that these "shoots" ot "roots" are somewhat of a nuisance because they interfere with the other stems and just generally make things look messy. Can I trim these shoots/roots without hindering (killing) the plants?
- The Hygrophila Difformis I had was initially planted at the forefront of the tank and it quickly overpowered everything in its path and started reaching for the back of the tank where the "sun-glo" bulb is located. It looked nice but gave little space to the fish for swimming. So I removed it and replanted 2 smaller cuttings in the back of the tank. I understand that this question will have nothing to do with the rambling (I tend to do that...) but does this plant ever stop shedding leaves or looking like its bottom half is dying... (many battered-looking leaves and dead leaves at the bottom half of the plant)? The top looks like a million bucks and the bottom... well... like a slum...
- Hornwort. The thing was reaching to the surface. Every other day. After I cut 3 inches out of it... every other day. and it makes no roots at all which means I keep having to anchor it. The bottom half gets bogged down with all kinds of waste and looks more like weeds than an actual plant as time goes by. Not to mention the needles all over the place. So... while I have to admit that it is a very nice looking plant in the aquarium, I am having a harder time each day finsing a reason to keep hornwort in my tank as it is turning out to be more of a nuisance than what I initially thought. Does anyone have any positive feedback on this plant - other than its looks?
Don't misunderstand me please. I understand that keeping a planted tank will require maintenance and I am prepared to do that maintenance. I guess that I am now simply questioning my plant choices and would like to hear what you think on these specific plants.