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Old 10-19-2006, 04:40 PM   #11
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Well, whatever it iss, lol, it grows slow, and attracts algae, lol. The algae is kind of a brownish algae that wipes off easy. And not diatoms either. I was thinking moneywort myself. Will need to do more research.
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Old 10-19-2006, 05:24 PM   #12
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My guess is Bacopa caroliniana. I did have Bacopa monnieri at one time. My lighting was low and it died in a week. Bacopa caroliniana will live in low light but it will look like the picture - not happy. It also likes CO2 very much - it looks like a different plant without it. The leaves are very small without CO2. I don't have a healthy B. caroliniana right now since my CO2 is inconsistent but when I did have good CO2, the B. caroliniana leaves were rather wide and had a nice, slight twist to them. I never thought of this plant as an algae magnet even in lower light.

LWB, all your tanks are higher light with CO2, right? Did you just get this plant? I do remember you had some algae troubles a month or so ago like I did. I would say give it a chance. If it is B. caroliniana, it should grow wonderfully for you once it gets used to your tanks.
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Old 10-19-2006, 10:23 PM   #13
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The tank has 130W lighting on the 29G with about 35-50ppm CO2.

Also, I'm getting tons of green algae on the glass. Have to clean it every 2-3 days. I left it 4 days and I cleaned it yeaterday, and it made the water very green, lol. It's been hazy green since. All the plants are pearling big time, and the swords are getting so huge so fast. A week ago, the one sword only had 6-7 inch leaves and now the one of the leaves is nearly 12 inches long and 5-6 inches wide, and is at the surface. It's huge. I may have to move that one to my bare 75G. I'm gonna really have to look at what I'm going to do with my 75G and make all new plans. Tonight I just cleaned out all the melted vals and a few other plants that melted. Including the R. rotundafolio. Couldn't believe that one melted. But the Sword seems like it really loved it, lol. It's taken off big time since the Excel OD.
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Old 10-19-2006, 11:37 PM   #14
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I'm surprised it isn't growing faster with all the light you have LWB. I have B. caroliniana in my 55g with 130w of light and it grows like a weed. I also haven't had any problems with algae. Is it shaded in the tank? Maybe thats why it isn't growing fast. I also don't have CO2 (well I do have 1 2L DIY but it doesn't produce much CO2 at all), so I'm very surprised that the plant doesn't like your tank. Give it a chance...make sure it isn't shaded. It grows nicely for me....and gets a pinkish shade to the top leaves...I actually like the plant. The bottom leaves on the stems in my tank (the ones that don't get much light) are pretty spread out...much like in your picture, so I do agree its caroliniana...just some that hasn't had much light. Give it full light and the leaves will become a little longer and closer together on the stems.
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It's been in the tank for 3 weeks. It hasn't reached the surface yet. But the asian ambulia I have I've already clipped 2 times and replanted, and am needing to do another major trim, lol.
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My B. caroliniana took a long time to get established in my tank, but once it did, it started growing more quickly. Now it grows fast but it took several months, and I'm not really sure why as I haven't changed any major tank parameters since I set the tank up. The Bacopa was one of the first plants I added.
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