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ang - 2011-10-14
is the hornwort ok if I raise my tank temperture up to 32? for a period af at least ten days? i believe i have ich in my tank...

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  • Alex Burleson - 2011-10-14
    Assuming, you're speaking of Celsius, 32C, is 89F, and that is not an ideal temperature for your plants, in addition to any fish in your aquarium. Ich is generally based from water quality, and the stress the fish endure...I advise performing 25% water changes per week, in addition to replacing the water with clean, dechlorinated water. You can purchase aquarium medication from your local fish stores/pet stores...ask an associate to help you choose.
  • Jake - 2011-10-27
    Just to be safe I'd set out a little to the side. If you do kill it float the portion you set off in you're tank when you drop the temp back down and you'll have another thriving population in no time. On another note, unless your tank is at 86F I wouldn't bump it up that high, for ich treatment using temp you only need to raise it a few degrees F.
  • Jake - 2011-10-27
    Another thing I'd like to add, the huge majority of ich treatments on the market will kill or at the very least harm invertebrates. Not only at the time of treatment, but it will soak into the substrate, tank, equipment, etc... making all unsuitable for inverts in the future as well. I always use the temp method and salt water dips.
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Julia - 2008-01-29
This plant is one of my favorites. It's so pretty and bright green. It seems to be sensitive to substrate and water conditions though. My African Cichlids seem to tear up just about everything, but they leave this plant alone.

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  • Nick - 2011-05-03
    I am looking for water onion bulbs in Toronto, Canada but cant find them anymore. If you know anywhere or your willing to sell me 3-4 bulbs let me know.

    Thanks
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carol dugan - 2012-10-12
Just found your site and must say it's very informative and interesting.A favourite for sure.Got some Hornwort tonight for my tanks and the comments were very helpful.Thanks guys!!!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-14
    Way to go Carol! Hornworts a wonderful, and prolific aquarium plant... enjoy!
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Rick - 2007-11-07
I have 2 amazon swords in my 55 gal tank and they take up about a third of it each. They are a beautiful and easy to care for plant. I have about 3 1/2 inches of eco complete substrate on the bottom and 4 - 4 foot fluorescent tubes above. My 2 siamese algae eaters love lounging on the large leaves. A must have plant but they do grow quite large.

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  • Anne Lohkamp - 2011-05-24
    I have had my two Amazon Swords in my fancy goldfish 55-gallon tank for about 3 months now and they have been doing well. All of a sudden, they both developed reddish-brown spots all over the older outer leaves. Have you ever had that happen? They have plenty of roots now and one has produced a shoot with new baby plants on it that I will anchor to the bottom of the tank as they grow larger. I was concerned there might be a disease so I cut off all the leaves with spots on them. What do you think is going on? any reply would be appreciated. thanks.
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John Breczinski - 2005-01-04
I have collected plants indistinguishable from giant vallisneria in streams and lakes in Minnesota. They seem to do better than the vals I

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Vicki Humphries - 2012-05-19
I'm glad I found this site. I bought a water lily from my local fish shop and put it in my 4ft tank 3 months ago. I knew nothing about w/lily care until now. I don't have time for a 'winter hiatus' but I will see what happens.

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Beth Spirko - 2011-03-18
I got a water onion recently. It was the only bulb in an assortment pack that grew, even though there was a beautiful Aponogeton crispus in the bunch.

Anyhow, one of my fish found the Crinium/water onion delicious. At first, there was a little nibble out of it near the base. Soon, the entire root meristem was gone. The rest of a bulb is all leaves, so it's pretty much dead. I've decided, however, to leave it in & let the hungry muncher finish his/her feast.

I'm a bit bummed, though. I keep having silly thoughts like "Bulbs are full of parenchyma (somewhat undifferentiated plant storage & bulk structural cells, almost like plant "stem cells"). A culture in the right medium, & I'm back in business." Clearly, it's not worth the hassle for one of the most affordable aquatic plants. Besides, I personally don't know the techniques. I once knew someone who did, & I bet it's getting more mainstream...

Recently, I gave away my aloe. Perhaps I'll see if what's left of my crinium is as good as its reputation for skin treatment...

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scott reed - 2006-01-17
I just went down to lake Washington yesterday,and found a few bunches of anacharis,and also a lot of parrotfeather milfoil.This is why you can't buy it anymore,and why it is considered a naucsious weed.People,or someone released some of this as well as a few other species of aquarium plants into our lakes,and now they are so profuse it is just about all there is to find.Right,or wrong,it's out there to be found.I am happy with my cheap aquarium plants.

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Michael Adams - 2012-02-14
By the way, just looked the broad leafed variety is ceratopteris cornuta... now to find some for sale..

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Michael Adams - 2012-02-14
1. Water sprite (if you get the real deal) IS an aquatic plant, and given adequate light and nutrition, and a lack of fish that will eat it, will do fantastic - to the point you will be giving it away or throwing it out... (years ago when my family owned a tropical fish store we would give starts to anyone who wanted them, and it would be no time before they were hauling back buckets full...)

2. Yea, the pic looks almost more like "water wisteria" which i never had very good luck with, but who knows...

3. there are two varieties of water sprite there is a very 'thin' leafed version(makes me think of what they call asparagus fern), and one with thicker leaves (makes me think of elkhorn fern, which is what we used to have, and I wish i could find nowadays)...

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