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tubasteve42 07-09-2007 12:11 PM

Help on new plant
 
Hi,

I just started my first planted aquarium. I picked up this plant and I was wondering if anyone knew what species it could be. The tag on it said "Frill Plant" no species name. Thanks.

http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/a...3/P7080075.jpg

soco1125 07-09-2007 03:04 PM

that looks a lot like caboma piauhyensis. it needs very strong lighting, co2, and fertilization with iron. rowdy fish will tear it up too.

Steffiweff 07-09-2007 03:27 PM

Yeah, defo cabomba - it gets a nice little flower on the top if your fish can stay away from it long enough. Beautiful plant, much loved by mollies.

Falina 07-09-2007 04:58 PM

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Originally Posted by soco1125
that looks a lot like caboma piauhyensis. it needs very strong lighting, co2, and fertilization with iron. rowdy fish will tear it up too.

Not trying to contradict because I'm not very good with plants but I just wnated to say that I had this plant in a poorly lit tank with no CO2 or fertalisation and it grew like nowt on earth taking over the tank in a short space of time.

soco1125 07-10-2007 12:46 AM

you may be right, julie. i've never kept this plant before... was just going off of what my handy-dandy little plant book said :)

tubasteve42 07-10-2007 06:23 AM

Thanks very much everybody :D

fish_4_all 07-10-2007 01:29 PM

It seems that with a poor substrate this plant tends to struggle a little but I have kept it before also and in a well established tank it grew like a weed. I actually couldn't keep it alive more than 2 months because I could get it enough fertilizer. In a substrate like Eco Complete I would but it would do awesome in any descent lighting.

Remember also that every tank is different. You have to give the plant a try to see if it will work for you. Most people swear by Java moss and java fern but I can't grow them at all, they always die where I can get harder to grow plants to grow pretty easily.

leifthebunny 07-10-2007 04:52 PM

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Originally Posted by fish_4_all
Remember also that every tank is different. You have to give the plant a try to see if it will work for you.

I totally agree with this statement. I have Hydrophilia Polysperma in several tanks and can only get it to be prolific in one tank. Every other tank it hardly even grows and I even pulled it from my primary tank because of it.


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