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Old 04-16-2013, 03:50 PM   #171
 
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The long stems are as long as 12" and the largest leaf might be 3/4" on the stems whereas the leaves at the substrate are the long narrow type with almost no stem apparent.

I haven't put a tab in with it, I was going to but without adequate light... I'm testing that first.

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I couldn't gage the length from the photo. The stems on the plant species I mentioned this might being should be to the top of the tank normally, if that is what this is. Tank top being 18-24 inches.

Echinodorus can be quite variable due to various factors. I'm not insisting this plant is an Echinodorus, just that it looks like one I have.
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:54 PM   #172
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It's similar to a bunch of stuff but not exactly.

I figure I'll call it a tall small leafed sword and call it a day.

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Old 04-16-2013, 07:31 PM   #173
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Well, atleast you know for sure it's not a lily XD
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:44 PM   #174
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A little house cleaning in the tank tonight.

I rigged a long hose, finally, to not have to lug pails. My tap doesn't have any sort of adaptability so I set the pail in the sink and used the fountain pump to shunt the water to the tank.... I so would like to be able to just hook it up.

One sword is going to the office along with most of the rest of the dwarf Hygrophila and assortment of pennywort and some odds and ends. Those swords have quite the root systems.

I'm starting to get a feel for what look I might want, I am liking the leaf plants, crypts, aponogatons, vals over the various stems. They have a better low light capable range of coloration. Stems seem to turn green in the light whereas the crypts keep their dusky browns and reds. I'll see how the bog moss works out, I sort of like it as it is a fine stemish plant that may fill in as a nice soft contrast to the leaf plants.

Here's a shot of my now rather scarce looking setup. You can see the new vertical spraybar to the right of the intake. I didn't get time to tinker with it.

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Old 04-16-2013, 07:47 PM   #175
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Oh, I almost forgot. Here is a shot of a new plant that I haven't tried to ID yet. I have no idea what it might be but it has already shot out new leaves and the old have shown no signs of wilting or melting.

Any ideas might save me some searching.

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Old 04-16-2013, 07:52 PM   #176
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Sorry about the singleton posts, my iPad doesn't let me put more than one shot on a post.

This is the bog moss, scientific name Mayaca fluviatilis .

I sort of like the effect.

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Old 04-16-2013, 10:32 PM   #177
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1- Banana lily (if there were no bulb)

2- I believe it is Mayaca Fluitans
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Old 04-17-2013, 05:13 AM   #178
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1- Banana lily (if there were no bulb)

2- I believe it is Mayaca Fluitans
No bulb, just a small rhizome looking piece and some roots.... Isn't the banana lily the one with the rhizome bunch that looks like a bunch of green bananas? The store had some of those off in the small plant tank... they were pretty small, this one was bigger and, even though they didn't know what it was, thought it would get pretty large.

Fluitans fluviatilis.... Almost a wash.

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Old 04-17-2013, 07:29 AM   #179
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D: I dunno :/ the banana lilies tend to lose their "bananas"
the way that leaf unfurls looks like how a banana lily would do it ... but the again Ive never owned any of the larger plants...
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:39 AM   #180
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Other than the "bananas", it certainly does resemble them. This one is already at least 6" tall... larger than any banana lilies that I have seen at the store, not that that is any real indication.

It would be ironic as I vehemently dislike those banana plants... no idea why... and would never buy one... then to end up with one that I actually like and to have spent twice what I would normally spend for a bunch to buy a single plant. I suppose it's the "bananas" that bother me....

Go figure.

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