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post #1 of 9 Old 05-05-2012, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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Hi there just updating my profile, want to make sure I have all my plants named correctly. These first ones are of my 10 G hex....2 real 2 fake plants. Can u identify these? Hope the pics r ok I'm on my cell.
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Hi there just updating my profile, want to make sure I have all my plants named correctly. These first ones are of my 10 G hex....2 real 2 fake plants. Can u identify these? Hope the pics r ok I'm on my cell.
The 2 in the middle are the same plant just different angles :)
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post #3 of 9 Old 05-06-2012, 10:22 AM
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The ferny stem plant in the middle photos is Hornwort, Ceratophyllum demersum. The stem plant in the last photo is probably a Ludwigia. It seems tohave a reddish underside to the leaves. Yoou will note the names are shaded, so you can click them to see the profile with photos.

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The ferny stem plant in the middle photos is Hornwort, Ceratophyllum demersum. The stem plant in the last photo is probably a Ludwigia. It seems tohave a reddish underside to the leaves. Yoou will note the names are shaded, so you can click them to see the profile with photos.

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Thanks Byron! I looked at the hornwort but it's not quite right, the plant I have doesnt have all those short branches....I think it's myrio filigree from my searches. Now with these two stem plants - they are currently wrapped in lead weights. Its hard to keep them in the not so great larger grade gravel that came with the tank so how long can I leave them like that? should I weigh them down with something else? thanks again!
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Thanks Byron! I looked at the hornwort but it's not quite right, the plant I have doesnt have all those short branches....I think it's myrio filigree from my searches. Now with these two stem plants - they are currently wrapped in lead weights. Its hard to keep them in the not so great larger grade gravel that came with the tank so how long can I leave them like that? should I weigh them down with something else? thanks again!
The pictured plant is not Myriophyllum. I'm staying with Ceratophyllum, but a clearer upright photo would help.

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here's a better pic
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Better. That could be Myriophyllum aquaticum or M. simulans. I agree it is not Ceratophyllum. Thanks for pressing on.

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Better. That could be Myriophyllum aquaticum or M. simulans. I agree it is not Ceratophyllum. Thanks for pressing on.
Thank you! I just wanted to be sure and I knew the other pics just weren't quite right...now what about the lead weights. From my reading I understand I should take the lead around the stalks off after they take root. How long will that take?? PLUS how on earth is one to do this without up rooting everything again. As you can see I don't have the most ideal substrate for growing plants. Would there be another way to easily weight them down?
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Thank you! I just wanted to be sure and I knew the other pics just weren't quite right...now what about the lead weights. From my reading I understand I should take the lead around the stalks off after they take root. How long will that take?? PLUS how on earth is one to do this without up rooting everything again. As you can see I don't have the most ideal substrate for growing plants. Would there be another way to easily weight them down?
I always remove any ties, weights, pots, wool, etc. before planting.

If you have a few inches of stem buried, they should take hold. Now, I have not personally kept this stem plant so I've no idea as to root development. Some stem plants, like Wisteria, develop quite extensive root systems from the nodes planted in the substrate, but many others do not. One trick if the latter is to place a small rock on the gravel next to the stems.

The other issue of course is that some stem plants will rot at the substrate level. Again I don't know if this plant is like that or not.

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