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pittipuppylove 04-11-2012 03:08 PM

Post-Vacation Plants
 
Hey everybody, sorry if this is more like a rant than a question, but my room mate would think I'm mad if I vented this to her :P
So I got back from to school from Easter break last night, and I think I just about died when I saw my plants (I believe my exact words were "Holy Hell!"). It's like nearly all of them just decided to grow explosively in the few days I was gone. My Wisteria gained several new stems, and whatever kind of Crypt I have, it's gotten huge and grows FAST! I think I'm taking off a stem a week just because it gets to be about two feet long. My goodness, it's crazy. But the only plant that has hardly grown at all is my little Java Fern - it seems to have ancored itself, but there's no visable new growth in the month I've had it.

Leah

pittipuppylove 04-11-2012 04:26 PM

Grr, sorry, I ment to say Water Sprite, not Wisteria. Darn finals week...

Byron 04-12-2012 11:41 AM

Sounds good, and normal. Java Fern is very slow growing (like Anubias and most low light plants). Water Sprite is the opposite, and floating (assuming it is) it will pull CO2 from the air faster than it can from the water, and use more nutrients from the water faster, and release more oxygen through the roots into the water--all good.:-D

Geomancer 04-12-2012 01:43 PM

I've been looking for that plant, haven't seen it. Well, I find Ceratopteris thalictroides everywhere, but have not seen Ceratopteris cornuta.

They both work well, or do you really need Ceratopteris cornuta for a good floating plant?

It's always amazing to look at a photo of a planted tank at day 1, then look at it a month or two later and see just how different it has gotten. When you see it daily, the small changes don't really register even though the sum result is huge.

pittipuppylove 04-12-2012 02:04 PM

Thanks, guys!
The Water Sprite is actually planted, and seems to be doing fairly well now (I was kinda worried about it the first couple weeks). Probably a stupid question, but how do you get it established as a floating plant? Can I just uproot a small part of it and let it float?

Leah

Byron 04-12-2012 02:34 PM

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To answer the question in both last two posts, if it is Ceratopteris cornuta, it is best floating; it will grow planted in the substrate, but I have had poor results, perhaps due to the light being lower down there plus the increased difficulty of assimilating CO2 from water; on the surface it spreads fast. If it is one of the other sometimes-seen species (these are mentioned in our profile of Water Sprite) it does best planted in the substrate. I have not had these other species, so can't say from experience how they do floating, but I would try it by simply detaching a couple of the adventitious plants (the daughter plants that form on the leaves) and letting them float. Let us know how this works.:-)

Yes, I now take photos of my tanks at set up and then periodically, it can be remarkable. Here is my 115g as reset July 31/2011 (bit cloudy, this was taken the day after I set it up), then 2+ months later in early Oct, then today with about 1/3 of the chain swords gone after a thinning 2 weeks ago.

pittipuppylove 04-12-2012 09:24 PM

I shall do that and let you guys know!
Very cool looking tank! :)

Is it normal that, with the Water Sprite, that the leaves that were there when I initially got the plant look kinda sickly, while the new ones that have grown in since look way healthier?

Byron 04-13-2012 09:17 AM

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Originally Posted by pittipuppylove (Post 1045056)
I shall do that and let you guys know!
Very cool looking tank! :)

Is it normal that, with the Water Sprite, that the leaves that were there when I initially got the plant look kinda sickly, while the new ones that have grown in since look way healthier?

Yes.

pittipuppylove 04-13-2012 08:30 PM

Cool, thanks!
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