Lessee. . . what is all that green stuff, exactly?
*cracks knuckles* Spiral Vals (Vallisneria Spiralis)
- with soft water I've had mixed luck with these from the start, as expected. Many runners have been born from the originals, and some still survive, though these took the biggest losses during the power out. All I have now are babies, since I chopped all of the long blades to free the 29g tank of algae. Cryptocoryne Spiralis
- In love with these beauties. Low-light requirements, and have done amazingly well in my tanks. Many of them melted with the transfer, but are starting to come back now, and seem to be doing really
well in the 55 gallon. *I need
more crypts. I love
crypts.* Cryptocoryne Wendtii
- Another of my favorite plants, I unfortunately had to prune many of the leaves off after the power out/algae. This plant has never melted on me, and shows new growth, but it seems to be growing VERY slowly compared to how quickly it was growing before the pruning. It's had a lot of changes to adjust to over the last 3 months. High hopes for this one! Anacharis (Egeria densa) & Anacharis narrow Leaf, (Egeria Nanas)
- No problems with either of these, lots of growth, but the bulk of these plants ended up in other tanks in my home. The few that are in the 55 seem well, and growth can be tracked daily. Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus) & Lace Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus 'Windelov')
- I'm still battling the OLD algae on these, couldn't cut them down to nubs. Still, showing new growth from both varieties and MANY new plantlets from my original two are spread throughout all of my tanks! Pygmy Chain Swords (Echinodorus tenellus)
- These were doing brilliantly before the power out. Runners everywhere and had finally filled into the carpeted look that I was going for. They also took heavy losses, but many remain - small little plantlets mostly. Definite new growth in the 55g tank (I can't really tell the difference between my Vals and my PCS babies just now though, lol) Fanwort (Cabomba caroliniana)
- Despite it's lighting requirements, this plant loves all of my tanks. Had a veritable Cabomba Forrest by the time I closed the 29g. I moved most of these to my other tanks, but put some small plantlets into the 55g and they continue to grow amazingly. New growth can be noticed daily. Marimo moss balls (Chladophora aegagropila)
- I kind of love these guys more like critters than plants - they have names
! Be they alive or be they dead, they're cute and furry and green, and maybe a little bit furrier than when I brought them home so long ago! I don't think it's possible to kill these things Brazilian Pennywort (Hydrocotyle leucocephala)
- Despite it's high lighting requirements, I have had no problems with this plant, though most of it is in other tanks. Growth can be tracked daily in the 55g. Floating Water Sprite (Ceratopteris thalictroides)
- I've always ended up with small leaflets and/or substrate versions of this plant that did not fare well in the 29g at all (nibbling Mollies and HOB filters didn't help matters) Now in the 55g I'm FINALLY
I'm having luck with this plant (Again, Dave is my hero for sending such large established pieces!) After a very short period of adjustment, it seems to be thriving. Shoots are being sent above the water line, and it's just. . . beautiful! Worried that it's hogging a lot of the lighting, but the loaches love it too much - it must stay! Water Lettuce & Amazon Frogbit (Limnobium laevigatum)
- Both are doing great, pretty root systems are filling out beautifully and I love them. The Lettuce seems to like this tank more than the Frogbit, I suspect the lack of ventilation at the surface has something to do with this. Again... don't want it to hog the light, but I've tried so hard to get these roots in my tank(s), makes me happy to finally have them! Red Tiger Lotus (Nymphaea zenkeri) bulb
: Got this on a whim, never expected it to grow in my light. In the 29g, it grew two little plantlets, but the Mollies nibbling (for algae) kept knocking the bulb out of the substrate, and eventually they knocked the tiny plants off the bulb - they were too small and died. Kept the bulb in the hopes of new growth, but LOST it under the substrate in the 55g tank when everything was moved. To my surprise, it found me last week in the form of a brand-new little shoot. It isn't where I would have put it, but seems to be happy where it is for now. In a week's time it has gone from one little nub above the sand to a tiny little plant with four baby leaves. Growth. . . can be tracked daily! I'll be really excited if this one takes off. I really love the plant, and have been babying this little bulb for so long, lol! Ludwigia Repens (Ludwigia natans)
- Termie sent me one little cutting of this a while back. It grows, not super-fast, but doesn't seem to be suffering under my lighting, either. . . this piece will probably be moved into the frog tank soon, it's kind of lost in the 55, and I think it'll like it better in the 10g. Kleiner Bar Sword (Echinodorus 'Kleiner Bar')
: In the famous words of the Wicked Witch of the West: "I'm melting! Melting! Oh, what a world, what a world!"
These plants are new to my tank, came from a high-light Co2 injected system, and arrived a few days before the move into the 29g, so were not properly planted immediately (no way could I fit them all in the 29!). I was expecting die-off, and I got it. The plants that are more toward the center of the tank have suffered the worst, a few of them have lost ALL original leaves. The ones in the corners on either end seem to be doing better - or at least melting a little bit more slowly. Aside from these full-grown beauties, I got some younger, smaller plants that seem to be faring better (I was able to plant them immediately in another tank). Even with all of the drama, there are new baby leaves popping up on all but one of these plants. . .so the question here is - will there be enough lighting in this tank for them to make it back? I have no experience with swords, so I'm not sure what to expect from them, exactly!
Ummmm. . . I have a lot
more plants than I realized! Neat!
I've already decided that I'm not messing with this tank. Aside from pruning when needed, I'm going to leave everything alone, let nature do her thing, and enjoy the ride. . . as far as additions - nothing right now, but depending on how things progress, I'm really tempted to try out a different type of Crypt, or add another Wendtii or two. I really seem to get along well with Crypts so far. I've also wanted some Anubias for ages, but I'll probably start that in another tank. . . maybe. *ponders* Either way, nothing is to be added until the plants that are in there now are established again, and the lighting sorted out.