Originally Posted by fish monger
Looks great, Jeff. The plants will fill in nicely. Of course, you can always get more.
Oh yah. So far the plants are worth more than twice the fish... go figure.
Here is a pic of the group of Dwarf Hygrophila. I've already cut and replanted the top 10" or so. The large leaves in the foreground are some of the top stem that was replanted and the leaves are HUGE in comparison to the original stem, they are not out in front so it's not a trick of the camera. I have one more that is in need of pruning today... it's at the surface already. It won't be long before I am tossing these in the compost at this rate. Maybe I will start another tank...
I am assuming that the larger leaves might be due to a lower light situation than where the stems were grown, sort of an automatic compensation to provide more light receptive surface area for photosynthesis. I will plan on removing the original stems as they are looking a little haggard with the smaller leaves and more roots.
I did note that these appear to grow over night as well, not as much as during the day but definitely noticeable. Oh, the barbs have stopped munching on them now.
I notice a similar response in the red ludwigia, the new growth is green rather than red which indicates sort of the same thing, more green = more photosynthesis possible for the same surface area. I was concerned that these would languish in my light.