NEED HELP identifying this plant
I am NEW to owning an aquarium.
I bought a Top Fin 10 gallon starter kit at PetSmart, some gravel, a few plastic plants to hide the filter and heater and 1 live plant.
This plant was in a sealed bag with gel around the roots. I believe it was Top Fin namebrand also. The bag had a cardboard like paper around it. I thought it was pretty, so I bought it. There was no plant name located on it anywhere.
The instructions said to rinse the gel off and place the roots into the gravel.
I have looked and surfed and waded all over the internet and have no clue what this plant is.
Could somebody PLEASE help to identify this plant?
Looks like a pretty little ludwigia repens to me :) They need high light to keep that pretty red coloration, very lovely plant. Best of luck with it!
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I'm inclined to think it is the Ludwigia...but I won't insist.:lol:
Thanks for your input :-)
I guess what throws me off in identifying this plant is that it is young. It is only about 3" tall. The leaves are bright pink, to purple, to green.
I hope that it will live. I've noticed some of the leaves are turning translucent. I add API plant food everyday as the instructions say. Do I need to trim these leaves off?
I would. A dying leaf won't regenerate, so it's best to prune them off, which will allow the plant to dedicate it's energy into producing new leaves, and caring for the remaining healthy ones.
It might be that it isn't getting enough light. I have Ludwigia in a tank with lower lighting, it's growing - but it has lost the majority of it's red/purple hues, and is now mostly green.Whatever this plant it is, the red coloration on the leaves *usually* implies that the plant is used to high-lighting. (some plants are able to adapt themselves to high light conditions by changing the hue of their leaves to a color, like red or purple, that doesn't photosynthesize as efficiently, thus keeping them from getting too much light) If your light isn't bright enough, it may take some time and the loss of many or all of the old leaves as it adapts to the new lighting.
The same applies to to water parameters in your tank (provided that the lighting is right for it in the first place). Many new-to-you plants will go through a process where the older leaves that were used to different conditions will die off, and be replaced with new. Also, if this is one of the TopFin tube plants, it has been out of the water for some time. I'm not sure how these work (never got 'em), but if a plant has been grown out of water, it often sheds all of it's leaves and takes on it's underwater form.
So. . . it's kind of going to be a watch-and-see thing with this one, I think - but yes. Always prune of the dead/dying leaves :)
ETA: You're adding plant food every day? You might want to look into this. I'm not familiar with this brand of plant food, and if it has all of the required nutrition that the plant needs to thrive without going overboard and adding too much - which could lead to an algae problem. I give my plants Flourish Comprehensive by Flourish 1-2 times weekly, and they thrive. . . something you might want to do more research into. :D HTH!
Stem plants, being fast growing, naturally use more nutrients, so either of these will probably be better.
Sorry, auto correct made my earlier reply say every day. I add the API plant food once a week.
This was not a TopFin tube plant. It was in a sealed bag.
Now for a STUPID question - Do I take the plant out to trim it? The instructions said to place the roots under the gravel. I took that as plant it in the gravel like I would dirt. Is it going to hurt anything to remove the plant, trim it, then re-plant it in the gravel?
Also, my parameters are all good. Ph is a little high - about 7.8-8. That's what it is coming from the sink. I have the LED lights that came with the kit.
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