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stephanieleah 11-14-2009 10:43 PM

ID this plant please?
 
It's on this webpage (scroll down a bit). It's the stem plant with small leaves toward the upper part of the stem. They look like little trees (sort of in the middle of the tank).

Silent Cycling in a Planted Aquarium - Article at The Age of Aquariums - Tropical Fish

Wait, a minute, is that the young version of the plant in the tank in the picture below it???

Angel079 11-15-2009 09:17 AM

Are you talking about the plant dead center where the 2 fish are?
That would be Hygrophila Corymbosa IMO

Byron 11-15-2009 12:01 PM

Hard to tell from the small photos, but I also think it's Hygrophila; I note they mention four plants and one of them is H. polysperma and the species in this genus look similar (except for H. difformis which is quite different).

Interesting article, I haven't seen this one previously. Nice to see they advocate the same process that I do for "cycling" planted aquaria--no need to "cycle" since the plants do it from day one.

B.

stephanieleah 11-15-2009 12:26 PM

thanks...and i hadn't read the article since i took interest in that plant. I have more plants to ID soon (from my own tank!) so stay tuned : )

Angel079 11-15-2009 07:58 PM

LOL you know these have these little plastic labels with them when you buy them usually that also helps ID the plants :-)

fighttest 11-15-2009 08:12 PM

i dont mean to thread steal but iv got 3 Hygrophila Corymbosa in a 10g tank with 30 watts lighting and they leaves are much limper and if the leaves are touching the substrate they often begin to rot. any reason why this would happen?

Angel079 11-15-2009 08:55 PM

It should gro upright & VERY bushy, like this http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi..._siamensis.JPG
Is your light a small bulb or the longer fluorescent tubes? Do you use any substrate like Flurolite or liquid fertilizer? What's your water paramters and what Temp do you keep your tank set at?

fighttest 11-15-2009 09:20 PM

2 t8 15watt life glo bulbs with sand substrate. All of my water params are ideal with a ph of around 7.8 and a water temp of 78 and I add 1 ml of seachem flourish weekly as recommended on the bottle. It may not be the exact species shown in the pictures but it’s definitely similar.

Angel079 11-16-2009 08:11 AM

More like this one? http://www.aqua-fish.net/imgs/plants...orymbosa-2.jpg
Just googel your plant via images and look at them, just to be sure that's indeed the plant we're talking about.

"Life glo" is I recall right has something like ~6500 Kelvin, so that should be fine with the plants.

What's your hardness in the tank?

Now you're talking to someone who's always had tons planted tanks and never once used fertilizer, so forgive me not knowing the product, but I'm assuming is a all around fertilizer, also has Iron in it?

How long have these plants been in your tank? Sometimes plants that just got introduced, maybe even from completely different water in the store to your tank, take little times to 'take off' and grow again.

Mine however in any of the 55g tanks, once they been established and started growing, there was no holding back for them and I had to trim the tops off weekly to avoid them coming out of the tank.

Byron 11-16-2009 11:25 AM

I think this is common with most stem plants. As Angel mentioned, she trims them regularly. If they are growing slower to start with, the bottom leaves will drop off whereas in Angel's setup they are growing faster (I suspect) and it isn't as noticeable. Another trick is to have stem plants behind rock or wood or other low rooted plants to hide the lower (leafless) stems.

All stem plants need to be regularly trimmed. I have Brazilian Pennywort and every week I do one side of the tank during the pwc by pulling them up completely, cutting off the top portions (at varying lengths so it looks more natural when replanted) and sticking the tops back in the gravel. The Wisteria in my Asian setup is similar. Stem plants grow faster than rooted plants, and as Angel said will grow up and across the surface. In nature they do this and the lower stems under water are leafless because the plant gets more light with the surface leaves. This is one drawback with stem plants, and they require more frequent maintenance.

Byron.


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