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reishka 09-11-2010 07:42 PM

Water Poppy
Hello there, TFK! First post and all. I was wondering if anyone had any information about keeping water poppy in an aquarium instead of in a pond... I've looked up some articles on the net, but almost all of them seem to be geared towards ponds, and there doesn't seem to be any articles here about it. My LFS had some poppy and I picked it up to give my dwarf gourami some cover. It's growing pretty well, but seems to be dying off just as fast as it's growing, almost at a 1:1 ratio (one leaf dies, another pops up right away) - and it seems to do this at a pretty fast rate.. maybe 3 or 4 leaves a week. I also can't seem to get it to flower at all. Have I just missed the flowering season? I was also dosing with nutrafin Plant Gro but I have some Flourish on the way...

Byron 09-12-2010 12:59 PM

Hello, and welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

I've no personal experience with Water Poppy, Hydrocleys nymphoides, so I looked it up in Dr. Christel Kasselmann's comprehensive book on Aquarium Plants. She says it is usually unsuitable in aquaria due to the large floating leaves. It is suggested for a plaudarium (half water/half land) or ponds. It requires soft water and a nutrient-rich substrate.


reishka 09-13-2010 07:01 AM

Thanks Byron! I really have no idea if my water is soft or hard - I've been meaning to call the city and find out (I've used the test sticks and they tell me 'soft', but we know how reliable those are) and tomorrow I'm switching my sand out for eco-complete... I guess I'll just keep an eye on it to see how it does. No reason to get rid of it if it does well, I suppose, even if it's not traditionally used. I'll just have to k eep up on snagging the dead stuff out. Won't be too hard; I can do it with my weekly water changes.

Byron 09-13-2010 12:36 PM

It is important for every aquarist to know the parameters of their source water (tap water or well water, whichever). Hardness (GH and KH if possible), pH, and any substances that may be in the water. Water supply boards normally have this information available for the public. It is critical to know at the start, because certain fish have specific preferences; plants are generally more adaptable. Once you get the data, don't hesitate to post it (or a link to the site) if you have any questions. Knowing what is in the water is absolutely crucial to a successful aquarium.


redchigh 09-14-2010 11:42 AM

If you have a lid on the aquarium, that's probably the reason for the dying leaves... If water drips on them constantly (from condensation) then they will rot.

If you have an open-top aquarium it might do better.

reishka 09-14-2010 01:29 PM

Byron: I guess saying that I have no idea was a misnomer -- I'm aware of what my water was a few weeks ago. Before I set up my aquarium I found out from my city the water parameters, as well as using the API master kit, but my city recently did something to the water -- they flushed the lines (they tell you to boil your water for a few days, the water changes colour because of built up deposits). The last time they did that, the water wasn't quite the same afterwards... but I don't know how/why all that works. I have an API GH/KH test kit on order though, so I can check it myself instead of calling the city. :) Thanks for the concern.

redchigh: I have an open top. Actually, I have a terrarium cover (the mesh kind) over the top with spaces cut to accommodate my heater/filter/etc. I haven't seen any dripping. The leaves seem to die less now. I'm starting to think that maybe it was from being taken from the LFS to my house that caused so many leaves to die off.

redchigh 09-16-2010 03:40 PM

Glad you figured it all out. :)

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