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Inga 01-28-2012 06:25 PM

Pennywort?
 
Sorry, I mean Moneywort, not pennywort.

I have not had the best luck with Moneywort in the past but that could be due to the fact it was a sad specimen when I got it. I purchased a small bit of it to try it again. I am wondering how it grows in your tanks? Where do you position it? I know it says it gets about a foot long/tall. Do you put each stalk in separately or a couple at a time? How well does it grow and what are the conditions of your tank that it does well in. Anyone?

Can it be floated or must it be planted in the substrate? Does it grow quickly in the right conditions? How to trim it, should it actually grow this time in my tank?

GwenInNM 01-29-2012 08:20 AM

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Originally Posted by Inga (Post 966125)
Sorry, I mean Moneywort, not pennywort.

I have not had the best luck with Moneywort in the past but that could be due to the fact it was a sad specimen when I got it. I purchased a small bit of it to try it again. I am wondering how it grows in your tanks? Where do you position it? I know it says it gets about a foot long/tall. Do you put each stalk in separately or a couple at a time? How well does it grow and what are the conditions of your tank that it does well in. Anyone?

Can it be floated or must it be planted in the substrate? Does it grow quickly in the right conditions? How to trim it, should it actually grow this time in my tank?


I don't have moneywort, but do have pennywort. Maybe they are similar enough? Mine also just doesn't do that well. It didn't die, but was always weak looking and didn't grow, beside shooting roots down from it's stem. I've pulled mine up, except one stalk, (to compare) and I'm letting it float, to see if that makes a difference. You may want to try that, because I hear they do well floating. See what others say :)

Gwen

Inga 01-29-2012 08:26 AM

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Originally Posted by GwenInNM (Post 966719)

I don't have moneywort, but do have pennywort. Maybe they are similar enough? Mine also just doesn't do that well. It didn't die, but was always weak looking and didn't grow, beside shooting roots down from it's stem. I've pulled mine up, except one stalk, (to compare) and I'm letting it float, to see if that makes a difference. You may want to try that, because I hear they do well floating. See what others say :)

Gwen


Pennywort used to do very well in my tank. I had a blunder though where due to my being in the hospital, my lights were on for a long time and I had an algae break out and that seems to have done in my Pennywort. I had mine floating and wrapped around the cords to hide the cords. They took the bulk of the hit from the algae bloom. OUCH!! I wish I could get some more nice Pennywort but they don't sell it around here. :-(

GwenInNM 01-29-2012 08:39 AM

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Originally Posted by Inga (Post 966723)
Pennywort used to do very well in my tank. I had a blunder though where due to my being in the hospital, my lights were on for a long time and I had an algae break out and that seems to have done in my Pennywort. I had mine floating and wrapped around the cords to hide the cords. They took the bulk of the hit from the algae bloom. OUCH!! I wish I could get some more nice Pennywort but they don't sell it around here. :-(


They don't sell it around here either. I ordered it from some guy on ebay. It was a very young plant when it arrived, and a rather light green, not a rich dark green. It's never really taken off, but I'm still trying :)

Gwen

Inga 01-29-2012 08:51 AM

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Originally Posted by GwenInNM (Post 966733)

They don't sell it around here either. I ordered it from some guy on ebay. It was a very young plant when it arrived, and a rather light green, not a rich dark green. It's never really taken off, but I'm still trying :)

Gwen


I think Pennywort tends to stay a lighter green. It grew like a weed in my tank and I had to regularly cut out large bunches and toss. It would form giant balls and threatened to take over the tank. I personally think it does best floating.. Do you give yous any supplements? My tank is given Seachem's Comprehensive 2 times a week. I think if you do that and balance the light amount (about 8 hours) you will find it to take off. If it is already covered in algae, I don't know that it will. I am holding out hope mine could bounce back but I am down to about a 8 inch long piece and frankly, I think it is too late for it. :-(

GwenInNM 01-29-2012 09:09 AM

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Originally Posted by Inga (Post 966738)
I think Pennywort tends to stay a lighter green. It grew like a weed in my tank and I had to regularly cut out large bunches and toss. It would form giant balls and threatened to take over the tank. I personally think it does best floating.. Do you give yous any supplements? My tank is given Seachem's Comprehensive 2 times a week. I think if you do that and balance the light amount (about 8 hours) you will find it to take off. If it is already covered in algae, I don't know that it will. I am holding out hope mine could bounce back but I am down to about a 8 inch long piece and frankly, I think it is too late for it. :-(


I do use Florish Comp, at least once a week, when I change water, and sometimes 2 times a week, if I remember. Good to know the color should be light green. My light is down to 7 hours a day, because of stupid beard/hair algae, not terrible, but I don't want more of it :)

Gwen

Inga 01-29-2012 09:17 AM

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Originally Posted by GwenInNM (Post 966744)

I do use Florish Comp, at least once a week, when I change water, and sometimes 2 times a week, if I remember. Good to know the color should be light green. My light is down to 7 hours a day, because of stupid beard/hair algae, not terrible, but I don't want more of it :)

Gwen

Just to be clear, you don't add the Flourish the same day as your water change, right? I do my water change and I always add Prime to the water going in. It would not really do any good to put the Flourish in on that day because the Prime is pulling everything out (sort of) I will then add the Flourish the next evening. I totally empathize on the algae issue. It stinks when things get out of balance. I wish the lights could be on more. For almost a year I had my lights on for 11 1/2 hours a day with NO algae in the tank. Now, I am fighting it. I hope I can get it back in balance. I also wish I had a some nice floating plant options. There really was nothing other then hornwort and that makes such a mess in the tank. I got rid of that with the algae mess and prefer to not repeat that. I hope the store will get something better like Wisteria.

GwenInNM 01-29-2012 10:40 AM

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Originally Posted by Inga (Post 966746)
Just to be clear, you don't add the Flourish the same day as your water change, right? I do my water change and I always add Prime to the water going in. It would not really do any good to put the Flourish in on that day because the Prime is pulling everything out (sort of) I will then add the Flourish the next evening. I totally empathize on the algae issue. It stinks when things get out of balance. I wish the lights could be on more. For almost a year I had my lights on for 11 1/2 hours a day with NO algae in the tank. Now, I am fighting it. I hope I can get it back in balance. I also wish I had a some nice floating plant options. There really was nothing other then hornwort and that makes such a mess in the tank. I got rid of that with the algae mess and prefer to not repeat that. I hope the store will get something better like Wisteria.



Hummm, yes I do add it when I put in my clean water. So, you think I should wait? Wow, if this information will help better plant growth . . . I'll be one happy camper. My bottle is almost gone, I've used it as recommended, and even bought excel, which Byron mentioned I should stop using because of the hair algae. I'm only using Comprehensive now.

Inga 01-29-2012 11:14 AM

Can't wait to hear if you start seeing progress on your plants. I can't wait to see more progress on mine. Algae stinks. Once you get it, it is a fight to get rid of it for sure.


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