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TheHamr 04-18-2010 10:23 PM

Growing Riccia
Hello all,

This is my first post as I'm new to the forum. Any help you all can provide would be much appreciated!

I am looking to grow some riccia. I have a 10 gallon tank with hood and a 6500K flourescent strip. I am trying to determine what else I will need to grow this plant, both successfully and semi quickly if at all possible (speed is less important then cost of equipment however). My plan is to fill the tank, drop a small amount of riccia on the surface and add the hood with light. Will this suffice or will I need some form of filtration, an air line, any ferts, etc. Should I use tap water with some type of water treatment or should I use distilled or spring water? I am trying to do this with the least amount of equipment and expense however I don't want to kill the riccia either. I use it for planted terrariums (terrestrial growth) and am looking for a way to get more of this plant faster, as it's kind of hard to find and expensive for the amounts I need.

Thanks for any help and suggestions you can provide.


aunt kymmie 04-18-2010 10:53 PM

Hi Aaron, welcome to TFK! I wish I could help you on growing Riccia quickly, but alas, my foray into growing it failed miserably. I suppose it might have something to do with the fact that I purchased it on Aquabid and it arrived as a ball of mush. It was too expensive for me to try again. I don't recall at the moment the two members who I know who have it in their tanks. If it comes to me I'll let you know. Hopefully she and he will see this thread and chime in. Once again, welcome!

TheHamr 04-18-2010 11:09 PM

Thank you for the welcome! Funny thing about your ball of mush ... my first attempt at growing it terrestrially resulted in the same thing. It decayed to the point it was just a bunch of mush and slime. I however left it in the terrarium (where I was trying to grow it) and about 2 months later it sprouted and started growing out of this black, mushy, gunk of nastiness. It's hardier then you might think!

While it is still growing it is growing incredibly slow ... I'm just trying to speed the process. I've been told it grows fast in the right "aquarium" conditions.

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