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post #1 of 10 Old 08-25-2012, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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Water sprite question re: emersed/submersed

So I bought some water sprite, and it arrived in what I believe is the non-floating form of the plant, with broader leaves that look like rocket salad, if you guys are familiar with that delicious food...

Having it floating in the plant for a couple days, it's already producing thinner emersed growth. My question is, what can I expect to happen to happen with the existing broader, softer leaves? Do I just leave them on? Will they eventually die?
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-25-2012, 04:36 PM
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Mine also came in the submersed form. I think most of the submersed leaves did die and fall off, or I plucked them off when I saw them begin to die. But it will grow fast and make up for the lack of leaves. Great choice of plants, tho. I love my floating water sprite.

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post #3 of 10 Old 08-25-2012, 11:57 PM
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So I bought some water sprite, and it arrived in what I believe is the non-floating form of the plant, with broader leaves that look like rocket salad, if you guys are familiar with that delicious food...

Having it floating in the plant for a couple days, it's already producing thinner emersed growth. My question is, what can I expect to happen to happen with the existing broader, softer leaves? Do I just leave them on? Will they eventually die?
Did it come in branches or just a few leaves attached together? Also, I was told that there is more than one subspecies of Water Sprite - one kind is supposed to have leaves that are wide and smooth, and stay that way - this is what one expects to see in floaters. The Water Sprite I have has deeply indented, feathery leaves. A picture of both leaves would be helpful. Of course, I can understand some confusion with the different kinds of leaves.

Here's a link to the profile: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/p.../water-sprite/

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post #4 of 10 Old 08-26-2012, 03:06 AM Thread Starter
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Heh, I don't know why I didn't check the profile first... Well anyway, I guess it looks a lot like my plant in the second picture, although you can't see the emersed fronds very well there. I'm still waiting for a root growth like the first picture to start growing.
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In my experience it is a shape-shifter and the new growth can arise unexpectedly even from leaves that seem quite dead.



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post #6 of 10 Old 08-26-2012, 06:44 AM
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Heh, I don't know why I didn't check the profile first... Well anyway, I guess it looks a lot like my plant in the second picture, although you can't see the emersed fronds very well there. I'm still waiting for a root growth like the first picture to start growing.
When I got mine it was in a bunch and it did have roots already. You know, Wisteria has broad leaves where it's low light and indented leaves where therre's sufficient light. So mine (planted) is just going along producing fronds submersed.

Are you asking about roots in the submersed or emersed? If it's submersed, floating it would probably do the trick for roots. If it's floating, you'll get roots, you just have to wait a while, and meanwhile the floaters are getting all kinds of light and will grow fine.
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post #7 of 10 Old 08-26-2012, 06:52 AM Thread Starter
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See if this picture helps at all. You can see the thinner, stiffer growth in the top of the picture trying to grow out of the water.
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post #8 of 10 Old 08-26-2012, 07:03 AM
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The pic is really helpful. I guess I have goofed. Apparently as you saw there is only one species of Water Sprite. The leaves will grow over time, I think, and the leaves in your picture look somewhat like mine.

Floaters will reproduce by growing child plants on older leaves. All of this takes some time, though.
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post #9 of 10 Old 08-26-2012, 07:21 AM
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Yup! Just leave it alone, it might take a while. . . as the older leaves die off they'll be replaced with newer, softer ones that are more appropriate for floating on top of the water. You may find that some of the existing leaves break away and seem quite dead, but leave them alone - with this plant I've found even the ones you've lost hope in can surprise you a few weeks later with new roots and tiny new leaves! I've noticed that this plant is a bit fragile, so make sure it's in an area where its away from the flow of the filter - in my tanks I've found that it does much better in still, calm water - I've even left this plant in a bucket for a few weeks as it's new leaves grew in :)

Good luck! The top of your tank looks lovely!!! I want to see beneath the water line :)
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-26-2012, 12:33 PM
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I have had this plant as my main floating plant for more than 15 years now (all from one purchased plant back then). Grown floating (as this species, Ceratopteris cornuta, should be grown) it will normally produce a wide circle of floating leaves and a few of the aerial stalks. Sometimes (usually) I just pinch off the aerial stocks as they tend to grow up and get stuck on the glass or something.

The daughter plants will appear on the wider floating leaves, always on alternate leaves around the circle (i.e., on every other leaf).

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