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Old 02-22-2014, 09:09 AM   #1
 
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A few months ago I got some floating plant bits in with a shipment of Endlers and decided to keep it in my net and see what happened. Well, it's not tiny insignificant bits anymore. lol I'm pretty sure it's some kind of floating plant you can't, well, plant. Really doesn't seem like planting material...

These are some pics, and yes, all that came from a tiny pea-sized clump of weedyness. I officially love the stuff...it feels kinda wirey, but it's not like poke you kind of wirey, just a tad stiff/rough. At first I thought it was strands off guppy grass, but it's nothing like my guppy grass was, not at all, other than it grows fast and is pretty awesome, and has zero vine to it, it's just like clumps of curly springs with no stems or longness to them. I have it in my homemade nursery net which is currently holding some fish not so babyish temporarily until I find my big nippers new homes so they stop eating my pretties.






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Old 02-22-2014, 10:27 AM   #2
 
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I LOVE THAT HOME MADE NURSERY NET!!!!! OMG!!! Why didn't I think of that. It's spacious and not like those SILLY small breeder boxes that fry get SO BORED in!!! I know I have some "window screen" sitting on the work bench.

Sorry....plants? what plants? No idea. heehee. But I'll be keeping an eye open to find out with you what they are!!
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Old 02-22-2014, 10:37 AM   #3
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oooh riccia! it's a wonderful little floating plant, and no roots! If you let it grow into a dense mat you can even grow plants ontop of it! love your fishie babies!
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Old 02-22-2014, 10:59 AM   #4
 
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Riccia! Seems to be a few types of it, but it does look just like the matting kind. Thank you Ao! It was a nice accident to get for free. ^_~ It's good stuff, really, and looking up photos of it gave me some ideas. Apparently you can stick it to things and let it sink too, I could probably add it to some mesh netting or even to my "Logs" and sink it and watch the magic. I may try that with some bits in my other nurseries and endlers tank. Maybe in the crawfish tank I set up too, but it may be destroyed. lol


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I LOVE THAT HOME MADE NURSERY NET!!!!! OMG!!! Why didn't I think of that. It's spacious and not like those SILLY small breeder boxes that fry get SO BORED in!!! I know I have some "window screen" sitting on the work bench.

Sorry....plants? what plants? No idea. heehee. But I'll be keeping an eye open to find out with you what they are!!
Haha, thanks. Yeah, the small boxes are why I created this. I mean...how often do people only get 3-4 fry when they breed instead of have the occasional accidents? Well, I'm sure it happens even to breeders, but I usually get a few dozen at a time(once I got over a hundred babies from one mom, and the next day two more of my moms dropped 34 babies from one and 62 I believe from another, even those two nets weren't enough so I also used a 20 gallon nursery for the rest), I initially made two of those baskets accompanied by a smaller mesh breeder I purchased and a plastic one. They're pretty sad space-wise in comparison, and plus with the plastic ones sometimes fish can bite and kill babies through it if they're resting near the edges.
They get bored, they also have very little growing space, especially if you add plants to make them feel secure. Ugh! Hate those, and the big ones are good holding areas for even adult fish, or birthing areas for a mom you don't want to stress by moving. I use my little ones for temporary holding areas and snails, or the occasional odd couple of newborns I get in too small to be with the older babies for a week or so. Also nice to hold small plant bits in you want to grow and not feed to your fish. lol

So, you wanna make one? Here's how I did it. I ended up using the biggest basket I could find, it was not easy work...well, easy but time consuming with my little needle and thread. It was my project for a few days, though I likely could have finished it in a couple hours(I hate needles, always poking myself, so I took a lot of breaks!). So, basket(It's about a foot and a half long, not quite but close), with square holes that are obviously too big and the fry can get through(so can adults!), but needed for ventilation! So I used screen, new window screen, which was all we had, but you can use mesh netting or something, you don't want rough or wiry they can get injured on, and sew it on all four sides and lap it at least one extra time. You gotta do several stitches in each hole or they can get by, or even get stuck in between! I did singles on each side and partially on another and then lapped two others on. That's how you make it. I used strings I stitched on and clear tape to hold it properly in the tank, though I suppose with more thought I coulda done something else. It's also probably better to go with white, but yellow is all we had, and my blue one was broken in ways it made sharp pointies and pinchy areas I didn't trust.

I dub thee....Fry Baskets. =) Edited a few things there....lol
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Old 02-22-2014, 11:20 AM   #5
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Ah, it will definitely make a yummy cray snack :)
If you have a lot of light I really do recommend trying to attach riccia, but be warned! it can be messy! It has trouble rooting underwater, so you will want to have it tied down tightly to something :) My favorite way to keep it is to have it float around like little green clouds :D
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Old 02-22-2014, 11:37 AM   #6
 
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I've noticed it has difficulty in staying down. But it attaches pretty well to the netting on my nursery. The netting makes it easy to snag on though, and the fact the plant has a lot of curly bits makes it even easier, so that's an idea. The log idea may be iffy, but who knows? It's got a couple small cracks I may be able to stick it in and then pop a bit of gravel over that until it seals itself in and grows. That's what I did with my Java moss anyways. lol

Thanks for the crayfish warning. But if it's a good snack that's safe and healthy for him...the stuff grows so fast I may allow him or her to have a treat every so often. =) Haven't gotten my crayfish yet, but I'm expecting a baby electric blue today. Got everything ready, considering it was an unplanned event a friend of mine thought was cool. x.x S/he's totally going to devour the plants in there I bet, if not hey, I'll leave them be. Ha, I have so many plants now, it used to be a hard to get and expensive project for me because I was spending all my money on tank care products and fish food and ferrets...but in the last couple years my few plants sprouted and make lot's of other sprouts for me to clip and replant. Love plants like that, truly! The fast growing ones you can clip and replant, or floaties like this one that do it all on its own pretty much.

Riccia is also called Crystalwort, right?

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Old 04-08-2014, 04:16 AM   #7
 
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Hrm, you know, a little after this I tried to stick some to a metal piece off of a divider so it's stay down and grow...it stayed down, but instead of growing it rotted and died, it did fine on the ground in my ten gallon though, but not in my 55 gal! =( I stuck it on there like a stand, kinda looked like a funny tree...others I popped in with a small piece of gravel or something to hold it in the center, even attached some to my driftwood....It all died in there, but the stuff up top continues to spread and grow. I've now got about the same amount in each of my nets, of which I have two now.
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Old 04-08-2014, 06:29 AM   #8
 
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I thought that's what it is... The smallest fraction of the same stuff came in when I bought water lettuce from the LFS (well, almost free...). Mine disappeare though! It looks nice (: jealous
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I thought that's what it is... The smallest fraction of the same stuff came in when I bought water lettuce from the LFS (well, almost free...). Mine disappeare though! It looks nice (: jealous
It's not as clumpy as it looks, most of that is individual strands. If it isn't secure somewhere, like my net or something that keeps it from the filter, it gets blasted around and sucked right up! Check the filter, see if any survived, it's some nice stuff if you can keep it out of the filter. It's blown around so very easily, really light stuff.

Check your filter. If you still have any left, pop it in a breeder net that is hung directly under your tank light. I've found the more light it has, the quicker it grows. Less light and it's slower but still grows and looks good. You can also corral it, use some tubing and those sticky cup things like they have on a lot of tank heaters to hold them to the glass, that can work provided your filter isn't too powerful.
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Old 04-10-2014, 08:42 PM   #10
 
Is riccia the same as Crystalwort - I have some of that stuff and that's what I thought it was.... but mine doesn't really clump together, it came in clump but once I put it in my tank, it separated and floats all over the top.
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