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I have some balansae in a ten gallon tank that doesnt seem to be doing well. It constantly puts on new leaves, but the old leaves keep melting. It starts at the tips and melts back untill gone. Each plant always has 3 leaves, but they just dont get as long as I would like. Its a ten gallon tank with screw in CF bulbs for 20 watts, flourite substrate. I dont fertilize at all. Tank has some dicrossus, purple neons, and dwarf cories. The only plants in the tank are crypts and anubias. Any ideas on how I might help this plant grow better?
 

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Try growing Hygrophila polysperma with it and look carefully at the growth pattern of the Hygrophila. H. poly. is a fast-growing plant, and is very expressive of the growing conditions of the tank. See the three drawings I have in the album. In the meantime, while the H. poly. is getting started, post a picture of the balansae tank.
 

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Ok great. I have some hygro i got from SteveP I can put in there. I'll post a pic of the tank hopefully tomorrow after the water change. Thanks for the tips! I'll keep you updated on what happens.
 

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Why do you have C. balansae in a ten gallon tank? That plant outgrows my 30 gallon tanks without trying.
 

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I love the look of it and it hasnt outgrown it yet. Hopefully i will be able to figure out why.
 

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All you balansae growers---take a look at the picture of aponogetifolia posted by tanVincent in the album. Do you think that is aponogetifolia?
 

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Looks like balansae to me too. Aponogetifolia tends to have a triple vein pattern with one large main vein and several smaller veins running parallel to the main one. Balansae usually only has the one main vein with no others.

balansae:


aponogetifolia:


Looking at Jan's pictures the difference is venation is pretty clear.

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Phil
 

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The vote is unanimous! I will try to persuade tanVincent to change the name on the picture.
 

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Kevin, We are all waiting for your picture of your balansae! How is the H. polysperma doing?
 
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