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post #11 of 19 Old 02-01-2012, 04:42 PM
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Also onemanswarm I was never able to grow rotala indica floating so I have no idea what impact that would have on the plant leaves. Every time I fryer to grow it like that it would die on me. I just know leaves on mine were smaller and if memory sevres me correctly it had rounder leaves that were not as long (might be wrong but that's what I remember LoL).
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Also onemanswarm I was never able to grow rotala indica floating so I have no idea what impact that would have on the plant leaves. Every time I fryer to grow it like that it would die on me. I just know leaves on mine were smaller and if memory sevres me correctly it had rounder leaves that were not as long (might be wrong but that's what I remember LoL).
I appreciate you sharing your recollection. At this point, that's about the best I have to go on!


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post #13 of 19 Old 02-04-2012, 11:18 AM
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I see what you mean regarding the many different appearances shown when you research this plant ! The images in LiveAquaria.Com and MyFishTank.Net look the same; however, it looks like they could be the exact same photo. As others have said, there could be so many explanations for the differences. In any event, it doesn't appear to be anything to be concerned about. It'll be interesting to see how it evolves.
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lol a few years ago I was taken in by an ad stuck to a fish tank for some super rare Jungle-amazonicianus rareicus mega swordicus or something equally comical and obviously not accurate. It was about 6" across, and had these long stemmed leaves, with a short bowl shaped leaf at the end. I remember thinking, that looks alot like the emersed growth on the last 2 Echinodorus Bleheri I bought.

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Looks like Hygrophila Polysperma to me... Which, coincidentally, is illegal to buy or sell in the USA.

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Yes I understand this. As leaves/plants at the surface can get Co2 much easier and the light that is needed so they grow faster and have the leaves that are bigger but are these also the same form of leaves that would be on a plant that is grown emerged?
That depends upon the species. Amphibious bog plants have distinct emersed and submersed leaf forms and the former will, as far as I know, only appear when the plant is grown emersed, that is, the entire stem/leaf structure is in the air with the roots in water-laden substrate like a marsh or bog (in nature) or sand/gravel/soil very wet if cultivated. The leaf size may vary according to light or other issues.

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Looks like Hygrophila Polysperma to me... Which, coincidentally, is illegal to buy or sell in the USA.

What do you think?
I have two thoughts:
#1) Definitely some similarities. I'll have a look to compare side by side.
#2) If I was going to grow an illegal plant, I'd have opted for the other kind of indica!


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That depends upon the species. Amphibious bog plants have distinct emersed and submersed leaf forms and the former will, as far as I know, only appear when the plant is grown emersed, that is, the entire stem/leaf structure is in the air with the roots in water-laden substrate like a marsh or bog (in nature) or sand/gravel/soil very wet if cultivated. The leaf size may vary according to light or other issues.
Anything come to mind when you see this particular plant?


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Anything come to mind when you see this particular plant?
It's not Hygrophila; the leaves do have a similarly but Hygrophila grows in stems and your plant is growing as plantlets on a stem or runner, to describe it as best I can. As to what it is, we looked at this same plant (from another member) or something very close, a couple weeks ago and collectively came to a decision but I've forgotten what it was. Maybe you can find that thread, it was in Aquarium Plants, and in January I'm fairly certain. I did contribute, but someone else pinned it down if I remember.

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