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Little-Fizz 09-29-2007 05:18 PM

Bacopa caroliniana?
Alrighty, I just made a trip to the fish store to get some algae wafers. And ended up leaving with this live plant. This is the first time I have gotten a live plant from a store. So I have never had to remove it from what it comes in. It didn't come with directions, but I looked it up and it is a stem plant and I'm supposed to take it out and like put a rock on it and the roots will grow into the gravel. The only problem is I cant remove it from what it came in, It like grew into the spongey thing. I don't know if this is normal and you just break some roots when you take it out or what :? Haha I feel kind of stupid. But yeah any thoughts? I don't want this ugly sponge thing chilling in my tank. Thanks.

fish_4_all 09-29-2007 08:43 PM

Well you need to remove the sponge thing for sure. If it is like my LFS and most I have seen it is Rock Wool which is spun fibers from volcanic rock. If it is you can simply tear it apart and remove the plant. If it is a real sponge then get a really sharp knife and cut it away. Of course, with Bacopa, you can always just take and cut the plants stems where they go in and plant it that way. It will regrow roots on the bottom section or you can let it float until the roots start to come out everywhere. I have some Bacpa Australis that is floaitng in a tank right now and it has more roots than I have ever seen from and Bacopa. I should take it and plant it horizontally and let it grow out in all the places it has started roots.

Also, Bacopa likes a fair amount of light. I would say 2.5 watts per gallon of NO flourescent lighting is a minimum to get it to grow well. If you have less I would definately let it float so it gets a good amount of roots before planting it.

Little-Fizz 09-30-2007 07:08 AM

Thanks, that makes sense. I think it is that rock wool stuff. I just had no idea what it was called and spongey was the best way I could describe it. I have no lighting for the tank anyways. I can't really afford it right now. But the tank is beside a window and I can like somewhat control the amount of sunlight it gets. So I'll just keep it floating and hopfuly it will grow nicely. Thanks again!

jkastner19 09-30-2007 02:12 PM

Yeah, you just have to pull that stuff apart and get to the roots and such and dislodge it as best you can. I think its ok if a little bit of stuff is still attached if you are afraid to break or ruin some of the existing roots? At least, that was what my LFS told me but they could be wrong too, its been known to happen.

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