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Old 06-26-2005, 10:50 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Isn't funny how some of us have trouble growing these plants labled as easy to grow, go fiqure



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Old 06-29-2005, 04:35 AM   #22 (permalink)
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No kidding! I've got Rotala rotundifolia [That's for your Cavan! ], green and normal in a super high tech tank with super high light and it's not growing for a hill of beans! My wild collected Ludwigia palustris is doing better than this stuff is and it's not normally as fast a grower. As Goldmember says...it's Veird.
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Old 06-29-2005, 05:30 AM   #23 (permalink)
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I remember Claus of Tropica telling me that they couldn't grow R. macranda like it was growing in a grow out pool at Florida Aquatic Nursery. It was a pool full of deep blood red rotala growing in full sun and well water. Amazing!
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Old 06-29-2005, 08:31 AM   #24 (permalink)
 
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Cryptocoryne crispatula v. balansae is my all time favorite, although any Crypt and Anubias is almost as highly regarded. My favorite stemplant is Rotala indica as well, for the same reasons Trenac mentioned.
Be careful about mixing Cryptocoryne crispatula v. balansae and Vallisneria (any species). I used to have a magnificient stand of those Crypts which would sway in the current in my big tank (I'm a firm believer in lots of circulation).

But them I planted a small stand of Vallisneria into the tank. I was ill for a few months and the maintenance of the big tank slipped. The Vallisneria were so invasive that they got into the middle of the stand of Crypts and out-competed them all. Out of a stand of around 50 Crypts, I was left with maybe 3 or 4. I am STILL trying to dig out Vallisneria from that tank (130 gallon).

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I'm another one who has trouble with Java fern although I'm getting a little better at it because I'm adding a little bit of minerals to my very soft water. When I accidentally put gypsom in my tank, the java fern flourished and 'came to life!'
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So you are saying java ferns need hard water. No wonder I can't grow them for $%$* I can grow most plants but not the "EASY" ones.
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My favorite plant of all time is my huge red crypts,tho pella and glosso are catching up fast. I am just starting to like HC as it is growing like crazy. I wonder why HC don't ship very well? I had to try 5 different shippers to great some that lived. I like and hate HC for that reason.
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my all time favorite is a plant I can't id to save my life. It's red and about 24" high. It also glows red in blacklight. Pella is SOOO cool emersed. So is baby tears.
Those are my favorites
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Old 06-29-2005, 11:11 AM   #27 (permalink)
 
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OMG - reading this thread made me feel so much better! I thought I was the only one who couldn't grow R. rotundifolia and Java fern worth a darn!

I also like small plants because until a month ago, all of my tanks were 10 gallons or smaller. I just set up a 20-long and I find myself still avoiding the bigger plants. Besides, I guess I could be considered a "small package" . Maybe a little "wider" than I care to be, but small just the same .

So there was a time when Lobelia cardinalis 'small form' was my favorite plant. I still love this plant, but a few years ago, it suddenly melted on me (I thought it was a disease, but I now think potassium was somehow involved). Then M. umbrosum became my favorite. I still love this plant, too, but it seems to be a weak competitor for nutrients, and therefore, you have to maintain a somewhat high level of nitrates. Bacopa monnieri (thanks, Paul!) was nice because it was easy to keep and grew at moderate speed. For the past couple of years, Lysimachia nummularia 'aurea' has remained within the top three of my favorites.

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Hey - notice that my favorites are all "small and round"... Like me!

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Old 06-29-2005, 12:22 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I don't know that java fern likes "hard" water per se, just harder than mine Mine is zero to 1dkh out of the tap.
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Oh I don't use tap. I buy spring water. The tap here is deadly for fish and plants. The only thing that lives in it is algae. I was almost wiped out before I know what hit me. Chicagoland water is basically just sewage. All the polution is impossable to get out. Thats why the tap smells like a swimming pool that has just been dosed with bleach. Then throw in a few tires, some oil, and countless 40 once beer bottles for good measure.

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Old 06-29-2005, 10:02 PM   #30 (permalink)
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If your water were really deadly for fish and plants, it would likely harm you as well. But let's keep our focus on the topic at hand.
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