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post #1 of 7 Old 01-12-2009, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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I have a thirty gallon tank. I bought hornworts to keep nitrates low and to promote healthier water. I have kept fish but never plants. So i really have no idea what to expect. They have little seed like pods here and there, are these new plants?Ibought the hornworts in hopes that my blood parrots would not eat them. The plants seem to be ok but i just bought them today. What do i need to watch for? I was told that they are pretty easy to take care of and grow pretty much anywhere. Is this true? Do they need special lights? When they are getting to big, do i have to worry about where i cut and trim them? Also i dont really want to buy or make any DIY co2 systems or anything of the sort for plant keeping, this is why i bought the hornworts. I hope i have made a smart decision. Like I said. I have no idea about aquarium plants so any information on these plants would be greatfully appreciated. Thanks from 55bldparrot30
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-12-2009, 03:37 PM
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I don't know much about them other than I accidently had a piece of it in my tank once. It must have been with some other plants I bought. After about a month or two it was taking over my tank. I had to throw it away because it as covering up many of my other plants. It doesn't have any roots so it can just float around. It won't need CO2. But I do use Excel for the other plants. My guess is it will either grow or the needles will start falling off. If it doesn't grow then obviously it needs more of something (light or ferts). I know that doesn't help much.
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post #3 of 7 Old 01-12-2009, 05:57 PM
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Hornwort is easy to take care of, leave it floating for best results. If you really want and easy to care for nitrate eating monster get Wisteria, hygrophila difformis.
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post #4 of 7 Old 01-12-2009, 05:59 PM
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Hmmm...I just guessed the possibility of flowers in your other thread but the more I remember this plant last I had them, the more I am leaning on the possibility these are actually new plant shoots. I could be wrong as I haven't had hornworts for a couple of years but I do remember them taking over my tanks as well. They are excellent nitrate consumers that do not need too much lighting nor ferts. Your tapwater has 20 nitrates so this makes an excellent source. CO2 is unnecessary.

These plants don't grow roots even when you plant them. They're best left floating around.

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post #5 of 7 Old 01-12-2009, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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thanks I will see how they do over the next week or two. Hopefully all will be well.
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post #6 of 7 Old 01-13-2009, 11:26 AM
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I had some in my three tanks for several months, but eventually they began to shed their needles. Soon I had hundreds of needles floating throughout the tanks, it wasn't pretty.
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post #7 of 7 Old 01-22-2009, 04:35 PM
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It doesnt need anything specal. I have some in one tank, I just let it float at the top. about every other week I break off 6 inches from the new end and put it back in the tank and throw away the rest(looks like about 3 feet). if you do not do this than the old part will shed its leaves and make a big mess.
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