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post #1 of 8 Old 03-19-2012, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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Water Sprite If I break it up will new roots form?

Hi all, just a quick questions about Water sprite. I would like more of it in my tank. Can I just break off pieces of the leafy part and have roots form, or will that die then?

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I assume it is ceratopteris cornuta and not ceratopteris thalictroides? If it is (the floating kind) yes, you can separate them or just leave them. Mine doubles in size every few weeks. I started probably 6 weeks ago with one plant. I know have 1/3 of a tank in my 20 long, 1/4 of a tank worth in my 55g, and half a tank worth in my 110g!

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Hi all, just a quick questions about Water sprite. I would like more of it in my tank. Can I just break off pieces of the leafy part and have roots form, or will that die then?
Just want to make sure I am understanding you correctly.

Water Sprite plants will get larger and larger, and daughter plants will appear on (roughly) alternate leaves. The daughter ploants can be gently pulled from the leaf when they have a few leaves and some roots, and left floating on their own.

If you meant break off parts of the parent plant leaves, I'm not sure this will result in new plants. Bits of leaf that have broken off in my tank usually die if I don't remove them.

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yeah, thats what I meant. I read the OPs question as if she pulls of new leaves WITH roots on them already. Chances are in pretty short order that daughter plants have already begun to form. They are hard to spot because they grow right near the original root ball and their roots are intertwined.

IME unless you have no top and a raised light, you will need to save the daughter plants when they get big enough and discard the parent plant. On most of my tanks the plant gets so big (the full width, front to back of my 55g) that not all of the plant can be under the light, and the parts that arent get funk on them, and slow their growth. The daughter plants will have their own daughter plants starting in only a week or two :)

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Mine is ceratopteris thalictroides? Will that do the same? Have daughter plants that have roots and can then be gently pulled from the mother plant?

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Mine is ceratopteris thalictroides? Will that do the same? Have daughter plants that have roots and can then be gently pulled from the mother plant?
Yes. In aquaria, Ceratopteris species propogate vegetatively via daughter plants forming on the leaves.

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I have not seen that with my thalictroides, but mine is in the gravel. I cut the tops and replant them, ill look more closely tomorrow

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I have not seen that with my thalictroides, but mine is in the gravel. I cut the tops and replant them, ill look more closely tomorrow
Kasselmann writes that adventitious plants will be "more rare" than in C. cornuta; not sure what exact time period this may mean.

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