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Scruffy - 2006-06-20
This is a beautiful plant, really easy to grow. looks great in any tank; the fish love to swim in the leaves and hide behind them. neat to learn that it is actually a bog plant. This site is great, so much to read and learn all under one URL ...NICE JOB

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  • Anonymous - 2010-02-16
    Thanks Scruffy!
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HeyPK - 2010-05-31
Your picture for Ceratopteris thalictroides is definitely not correct. It looks like a picture of one of the members of the genus Hydrophila, which is stem plant and an angiosperm, not a fern at all.

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-06-07
    Thanks HeyPK, you are right this is definately not Ceratopteris thalictroides. We are taking the picture off until we get a good one. Send one if you've got one! Thanks again.
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Rick - 2013-02-01
I have some that I put in my 10-gal Hagan aquarium 1.5 months ago. Until 4 days ago, they were doing GREAT. They grew so quickly, I had to cut them and replant the cuttings. Now, they all appear to be dying. The only thing that happened is (1) I did a 50% water change (but used filtered water AND added water conditioner) and (2) I killed a bunch of snails that had come with the plants (these or others I got on the same shipment). When I killed the snails, I smashed them and then pulled out the bodies with a paper towel. However, 4-5 days later, I noticed 6-8 very small (.5mm thick, 5-8mm long) white worms on the back glass. It was 2 days after I noticed the worms that my Babomba Green started dying. Any ideas?

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  • Anonymous - 2013-02-06
    Snail killers usually contain copper which can also kill plants. Copper is also the main ingredient in many ich medications like 'quick cure' and so should be used sparingly in a planted aquarium. If it is copper in your snailicide medication, filter the water with carbon to remove it along with dechlorinated water changes. Good luck!
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Slyfish - 2012-05-11
I have a couple of these cabombas in a ten gallon tank. I used to have some in a five gallon tank that died; I'm pretty sure it was from too little light. So in this 10-gal I put in a special grow light and they live well. I guess they have enough light, or is it something else? Anyway, my problem with these plants in the 10-gal tank is that they won't take root. They're healthy otherwise, but they have no roots so my 3 catfish uproot them when they poke around in the gravel for food. I've tried fertilizer and trimming the stem bottoms but nothing works. The stems just have this brown, kinda hard end to them, like flowers in a vase do after a while. I have nuetral to slightly acidic ph, and healthy levels of nitrate and alkalinity and stuff, from well water. It's not really a big problem, but I'm getting tired of replanting them every day. Anybody have help?

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  • Sourav - 2012-11-30
    yes they will the plants will grow well if you have a under grveal filter the roots will grow in all the sediment that is pulled under the filter tray if you put peat and clay in the water will cloud up as the fish dig in the grvealReferences :
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Calvin - 2008-11-22
Great plant, I originally bought one for my pond but I had to take that apart due to lack of planning.

Now it is in my aquarium and growing very quickly. I use 3 x 25 watts of lighting and I do have my aquarium covered.

I've had it like that for a month now with no problems, looks great.

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Beverly - 2007-06-26
The description here says it will live up to a year submersed in water. I got 3 bunches of this after being told (mistakenly, by store employees) that it was a fast-growing, easy aquarium plant. All three bunches were dead (rotting from the bottom up) within a month. I was very disappointed that these were sold as aquarium plants as they did not do well at all. I do not recommend these for an aquarium. Perhaps they would grow well at a pond's edge, above the waterline, but I do not know.

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  • Kyle Morrissey - 2013-04-17
    but they look great
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Animal-World info on Brazilian Pennywort
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Andrew - 2008-08-07
I found the Brazilian Pennywort to be a hardy plant even at low temperatures. Some dark spotting will appear on older leaves, but they needed to be trimmed by this stage anyway. Trimming will allow a burst of younger shoots to take up the available light & space. At first I couldn't work out how to present this awkward, fragile & spindly tangle. I wanted it to be anchored as a ground cover, sprawling along the bottom and creeping up the sides of my tank, but it would not stay anchored or in the position i wanted. So, in the end i threw a whole lot of stainless steel kitchen hooks at it - to keep the mess at the bottom & gave up on it; walking away...To my surprise & delight the next day, the leaves and stalks had resolved their buoyancy issues - settling into wonderful fantasy-like, lily-pad layers (nature always proving the better designer), giving an unexpected magical appeal (so much so, it remains as the central theme of that tank still today).
My advice with Brazilian pennywort as with most stem plants is to submerge whole plant in water overnight to resolve buoyancy issues, good idea to treat water with an antibacterial preventing unwanted nasties. Try even acclimatising your plant first by just floating it (out of a bag) on the surface of the aquarium for a couple of days.
DESIGN TIPS:
- submerge for 12 - 24 hours prior to design to clear buoyancy problems
- place (enough) s/steel hooks along selected runners to achieve a neutral
buoyancy(mid-floating)
- work with the natural buoyancy of plant in fast flowing tanks, let it settle
where it lands - nature is an incredible designer when given the chance! let the
current determine its best position
- although the stalks/branches are incredibly brittle out of water, with leaves that
should fold & flop in any water flow - it is remarkably resilient even in strong
currents. At first a few leaves may fold, don't worry too much as the plant will
soon compensate for this over a day or 2 rectifying the leaf to upright & open.

Overall I love Brazilian Pennywort or Cardamon as is sometimes called - due to it's sweet spice-aroma emitted when out off water. I've found the perfect lily-pad ascetic without the slow growth & smell!

have fun...

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Barbara - 2006-02-14
i love my ozelot sword! this is a great plant for those who have failed at keeping other red leaved plants due to light requirements. This plant will easily adapt to your aquarium, and each plant looks a little different according to its setting. i have found it much easier to keep than the other swords. be sure to give it ample room to grow, and in a few months it will look as if it had been growing there forever. i think there is a place for an ozelot sword in every freshwater aquarium!

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Anonymous - 2012-02-14
Can I put a Java Fern in my one gallon tank with a betta.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-14
    It would have to be a really small piece of fern. One gallon is not very big but a little piece is OK - java ferns grow like crazy.
  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-14
    One small piece is fine. However, do note that Java Fern can reach large sizes, and may need to be trimmed back a bit when large.
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kye turnbull - 2013-05-08
my duck weed keeps dying!!!! D:

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-08
    We have duck weed in one of our tanks, and it grows like crazy. I think its because it is right under the lights, but we have to thin it often so the plants below will get light.
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