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Hi, All!

I went to the LFS for my fix, today ;). I saw a very pretty plant simply labelled "Ludwigia sp. NEW." Despite my terrible skill at growing Ludwigias of any kind, I thought I'd give these a try since they were so pretty, healthy, and relatively inexpensive. They're in my new tank.

I have a feeling that they're L. sp. 'Pantanal' but I can't be sure since I've never actually seen the plant with my own eyes. So could somebody please confirm if they are or aren't? They're in the album labelled "???"

http://f2.pg.photos.yahoo.com/mizmo_naomi

Sorry the shots are crummy. The leaves of the plant sort of got crumpled on the way home. For the top-view photo, I had to move the strip light to the side, which ended up making it look washed-out.

Anyway, will they be okay in an unheated tank? It doesn't get too cold in the house. There's some granular peat under the Flourite to hopefully bring down the pH. At the moment, I'm only adding Excel but will probably start dosing fertilizers next week.

Thanks for any help with ID and care.

-Naomi :)
 

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What beautiful Ludwigia sp Pantanal you have there, Naomi. :D

You'll want to place these in a tank that is getting a steady supply of CO2, intense lighting, and nutrients.

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Thank you, Carlos!

Well, I've decided that it might be worthwhile to try growing a stem or two in a pot with soil. I was originally going to put down a layer of soil in the tank (under the Flourite) but decided against it since I tend to uproot and replant a lot. This way, also, I can move some of my plants around. And I guess I better start dosing fertilizer, then.

Thanks for the tips! Did you find this plant to be as difficult as, say, Tonina fluviatilis? I could have gotten some of that after their previous shipment, but I remember your saying that it likes acidic conditions, which I'm not able to provide.

If there's anything else I should know about the 'Pantanal,' please let me know. It would be so nice to keep it alive and looking nice. :)

-Naomi
 

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Naomi,
Was this from Albany? Here's a pantanalwrite up from AquaBotanic. Is it really as pink as it looks in the first pic?

I'm on hiatus from buying new plants until I get things in order in my 40. The 'cuba' that I bought a couple of weeks ago is starting to make a comeback after getting dosing tips from Tom Barr himself. Also my L. repens looks to be growing vertical again after spending the past couple of weeks limping along and dropping a lot of leaves.
 

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Yes, Bill. These were from Albany Aquarium, and they are quite orangey-pinkish-red. But they just came in Sunday, I think. I doubt they will look so nice next week.

Good to hear about the L. sp. 'Cuba'! Actually, I picked some up today for this guy in Florida who wants it, and I noticed that they're starting to grow normally again at the store, too. I'm pretty sure it's the same stuff that's been there since the last shipment. But the price went up a dollar.

However, Guy took my advice and decided to split those portions of Hemianthus callitrichoides. So now they're $8.99 for a "bunch." And they got in more of that on Sunday, too. It looks so pretty! Nice and green... And I wouldn't see why anybody would actually want bigger portions than they're selling, now. At this point, people are probably more interested in experimenting just to see if they *can* grow it, you know...? And if the answer is "yes," then I'm sure it'll spread very quickly, anyway. It surprised me that the stuff from the last shipment didn't sell out.

Thanks for the link. I'll check it out right now. Hope you get that 40 straightened out. Doing a re-scape? Laters!

-Naomi

What else...? They had the Bacopa australis, again. I actually got some beautiful pieces from Magnus about two weeks ago.
 

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No re-scape. Just had the water get out-of-whack. The Fremont water supply's KH has gone from 4.5 to 8 recently, and my tank's GH climbed from 13 to ~20 (probably due to mineral concentration from evaporation). Tom suggested I dose some Mg (based on the pics of my 'cuba') and sure enough, the new growth is coming out narrow with no curling. So maybe I was getting too high on Ca over the past few weeks.

Through it all the fish seem no worse for wear. In fact, my Congo Tetras started spawning again this morning (with hungry Rummynoses in trail :( ).

Your pantanal looks excellent. Guy seems to be bringing in a lot of the hot-topic plants lately. If traffic through the maze wasn't so bad during the week I'd be tempted to drive out there to take a look see myself. :D
 
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