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post #11 of 22 Old 02-13-2010, 01:51 PM
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Thanks everyone! I'm looking forward to watching it grow in, should look nice! I never thought I'd be naming DW, but I think that name might stick!
I still vote for some java moss or anubias nana on the wood.

Your tank is awesome :)

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I still vote for some java moss or anubias nana on the wood.

Your tank is awesome :)

Yeah I think some java moss or anubias nana would be cool. I have one anubias congensis on the right side, wedged into a crack in the wood. I'm not sure where to attach another one, I tried with fishing line but it looked kinda corny. I'm impatient for roots to grow!

How rapidly does java moss grow? I have a small amount that came over with another plant that is just sort of free floating now, but I have contemplated getting it stuck on the wood.

I also have something that looks a lot like lemna triscula, a free floating plant native to MN, but I'm assuming it's a different species. It doesn't have roots, and just floats around like a tumbleweed. I hope it grows as well!
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How rapidly does java moss grow? I have a small amount that came over with another plant that is just sort of free floating now, but I have contemplated getting it stuck on the wood.

I also have something that looks a lot like lemna triscula, a free floating plant native to MN, but I'm assuming it's a different species. It doesn't have roots, and just floats around like a tumbleweed. I hope it grows as well!
In my dim shrimp farms: added about 1/4 cup java moss last Nov now I"m safely past something like 2cups...so depending on how you measure...I"d say QUICK

Does your floating stuff look like this http://pondclinic.com/WebImages/Aqua...g_Duckweed.jpg
That's what I have in all tanks (thou I never added it) and it REALLY grows like weed; I just scooped out a BIG net full from the 55g today so my plants below would have a standing chance to receive ANY light it'll built lil roots (very fineeeee one's hanging in the water, maybe like 1.5" long)

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Nope it's not that one, that's duckweed but it's also in the Lemna family (Lemna minor). It's actually the smallest flowering plant in the world! The one I have doesn't have any roots at all and looks quite like Lemna triscula. Here's a stock photo of what that looks like, next time I'm digging around in my aquarium I'll find it and take a picture :)

EDIT: It's also spelled Lemna trisulca, but for some reason at work we always spell it differently. The common name is star duckweed
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That's quite attractive. I've never seen this species in stores, must keep a lookout for it. I'd like to see it "live". According to Rataj & Horeman and Hiscock--and few know aquarium plants better than these three botanists--the correct name is Lemna trisulca. Perhaps you could educate your store folks.

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That's quite attractive. I've never seen this species in stores, must keep a lookout for it. I'd like to see it "live". According to Rataj & Horeman and Hiscock--and few know aquarium plants better than these three botanists--the correct name is Lemna trisulca. Perhaps you could educate your store folks.

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Well actually I do aquatic plant surveys on lakes in my area for my job so that's where I always see it. I just have to laugh at myself since apparently I have been spelling it wrong on reports for months now and haven't noticed! Here's a few pics of it in and out of my tank, sorry for the bad pictures I haven't figured out how to take good tank pics yet! I don't think the plant I have here is L. trisulca, but it does look quite similar.
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In these photos it resembles strands of kelp. Do I get the impression it is an invasive plant in the local rivers/lakes? B.

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In these photos it resembles strands of kelp. Do I get the impression it is an invasive plant in the local rivers/lakes? B.
I can only send a big YES..... I was miss-leaded by the name earlier on and thought of the FINE duckweed....until I saw the pic...I somehow had gotten that stuff in one my tanks once (I assumed I carried it in not knowing on another plant) and that stuff TOOK OVER that made duckweed seem harmless. While it initally looked 'pretty' to me it just grew & covered everything so fast that even the weekly 'scoop out' like I'd do with duckweed wouldn't control it well any more and I eventually seriously cleaned my tank off of any & all lil specs of that stuff and tossed it for the birds

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In these photos it resembles strands of kelp. Do I get the impression it is an invasive plant in the local rivers/lakes? B.
Nope, if it's L. trisulca its native to here :) It hasn't grown much yet but I'll definitely keep an eye on it if it took over your tank Angel!
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Natalie, I like that Duckweed and looking for a floating plant. Does SA sell it under a specific name?
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