10-15-2004, 04:32 PM
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Dallas, TX
iTrader Positive Rating: 100%
I personally think that your riccia will not do very well without CO2. If you let it float on the surface it will last for a long time though.
Attaching the riccia is simple - take thing green cotton thread, put a small amount of riccia over a rock or a piece of wood, use the thread to wrap the plant in place with a few loops.
Attached riccia has some downsides:
- Initially the riccia will look ulgy because you can see the thread. In a tank that has CO2 supplementation the riccia grows very fast and in a week the threads will not be visible. In your case the riccia will grow very slow and the ugly threads will be visible longer. An alternative is to use very thin clear fishing line.
- If the riccia grows fast the trimming becomes a weekly task. Small pieces of riccia end up floating everywhere and start to grow where you may not want them. Your light is extremely low - from what I personally know 64 watts over a 55 gal. tank will not grow good riccia on the bottom.
- If you let the riccia mat get too thick the bottom part starts to rot and one sunny day the nice top portion separates and tries to float up.
The problem with the mat is that it's hard to weigh it down AND keep it looking as a mat.
Don't let the above turn you off riccia. Experiment and you may find that you can and like to keep that plant, this hobby is about trying things and having fun!