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nel3 11-07-2011 06:57 PM

unsure of plant species
 
i got an anubias, 1 bunch of anacharis and this lil guy, not sure which plant it is exactly. can someone please tell me what plant is it and how do i take care of it?
http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/3...div5gal034.jpg

the best one that i can think this plant is Alternanthera reineckii. can someone please confirm this? does this plant have to be buried or can i float it?

Byron 11-07-2011 08:14 PM

I believe that plant is Hemigraphis colorata, sometimes called Crimson Ivy. Unfortunately, it is not a true aquatic. I have read that it can survive for up to a year submersed, so don't despair. At least it will add some nice colour for a while. It needs to be planted in the substrate. I would guess that if left floating it might rot more quickly, but that is just a surmise; terrestrial plants normally need to be "planted."

Byron.

nel3 11-08-2011 05:25 PM

thank you very much Byron, are there any tips to keep it going as long as possiblie ie lighting/ fertilizing needs and othes. i guess thats the problem with keeping plants in the tank in LPS without marking the name and living areas.

wow it seems like it might have some healing properties for fish also. and some not so good properties. breaking a leave off in water leaves a white secretion that just may kill any animal in the tank o.o. well atleast one subspcies may be so. not too sure if i should put this in the tank atm after reading some of this. do you know if there's any big difference between Hemigraphis colorata and Hemigraphis exotica .

nel3 11-08-2011 06:01 PM

ive tested a few leaves that were damaged, no pus or anything, i'll put it in but i'll keep an eye on it closely.

Byron 11-08-2011 07:39 PM

I can't offer more than I have, as I have never had this plant. From searching my plant groups though it seems that it does not last long, a few weeks to a couple months at best. Personally, if a plant starts rotting I remove it, and if any sort of milk is emerging from it, I would not keep it in a fish tank. Many terrestrial plants (which this is) have saps that are highly toxic.

nel3 11-09-2011 02:37 AM

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Originally Posted by Byron (Post 888368)
I can't offer more than I have, as I have never had this plant. From searching my plant groups though it seems that it does not last long, a few weeks to a couple months at best. Personally, if a plant starts rotting I remove it, and if any sort of milk is emerging from it, I would not keep it in a fish tank. Many terrestrial plants (which this is) have saps that are highly toxic.

thank you very much Byron for all your help. on second thuought i'll just keep it out of the water. not too sure if the anubias would like subh hibh linght levels, along with the sap issue.

redchigh 11-09-2011 06:02 PM

If it's a bog plant, floating should actually help it... It might grow out of the water a bit.

nel3 11-14-2011 12:14 PM

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Originally Posted by redchigh (Post 889106)
If it's a bog plant, floating should actually help it... It might grow out of the water a bit.

thank you, have you any experience with it? ive seen more of these in the LPS that grew pretty big ie a foot tall weighed down by a lead band. some sites put this as a bog plant but many picture of it are terestrial.

redchigh 11-14-2011 12:19 PM

Well, LFS get them from farms that grow them emersed. I would be suprised if it grows at all completely submerged. If it can get several leaves out of the water it might do ok though. Just keep an eye on it.

nel3 11-14-2011 03:03 PM

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Originally Posted by redchigh (Post 893117)
Well, LFS get them from farms that grow them emersed. I would be suprised if it grows at all completely submerged. If it can get several leaves out of the water it might do ok though. Just keep an eye on it.

thank you redchigh. i just need to wait until i can put the 2nd fish in.


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