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I have one clump of Blyxa aubertii growing in a tank which I want to propagate. I understand this is done by physically dividing the clump into multiples, since this apparently doesn't send out runners. How big does the plant have to be to do this? How many pieces can it be divided into? Any tips on the proper way to do this would be appreciated.

I really like this plant. It's like a val or a sag without the hassles of trimming and pruning out the sending runners. I am currently trying to get some to re do my 29 gal with. If anyone has any for sale, I'm interested. (I have a request in the for sale forum already).

Thanks for any advice.
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I have Blyxa japonica and it is growing side shoots from the original mother plant. Yours may be similar and will develop these which you could divide off when the plants gets larger.

I'm not certain though that they reproduce in the same way.

Blyxa aubertii propagates in much the same way as Blyxa japonica, except that aubertii does it much more slowly. After about three months of intense growth, I managed to obtain one new plant from the mother plant (I had to uproot the whole thing though).

My beef with aubertii is that it is just too big. Here is the plant in my 55g after three months of being planted... it's already reaching the top and filling nearly the entire 13 inch width of the tank:

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You can stop by and see what mine are doing, I can tell you and show you first hand.

I've tripled the amount I have of this plant.

I like it better in some respects than Cyperus.
I like B japonica better than chainswords certainly.
Much more useful and easiert to use for gardening.

My B aubertii is very red while the japnica stay a nice bright green.
This makes a nice contrast together.

Tom Barr
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You can also propagate them by seed. The tiny flowers will pollinate themselves and form a vertical pod of sesame seed sized seeds (say that fast). If you can find an area that has good light and is somehow snail/any fish that is even remotely inclined to consume plant material free, they will sprout after a while. Unfortunately, I didn't know about the last part until it was too late. The plantets must be especially tender and tasty.

I got rid of mine about a year and a half ago. About a month ago, I found a small aubertii growing in my foreground. I have no idea how it got there. I was thinking it came in as a hitchiker at first, but to the best of my knowledge, nobody I've traded with recently even grows it (although I still suspect Ghazanfar :lol: ). Could a seed have waited a year and a half to germinate? Weird, weird, weird. I gave it to a friend with a 135 and it has already reached the surface.
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