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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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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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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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Patrick - 2010-03-26
An awesome plant for the aquarium. Its root system that forms beneath each leaf adds an interesting touch. I have mine running vertically up the side of my 75 gallon tank and also horizontally along the bottom. With my light and CO2 set-up, it constantly gives off streams of bubbles.

I often clip sections of it off and transplant into my dad's low-tech 55 gallon. It has done very well, is growing quickly, and looks great.

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Julia - 2008-01-29
I'm not sure if this is the same plant as mondo grass (like you find in your yard), but it looks similar. I've tried planting mondo grass as a widely available, free aquarium plant, and it seems to do well.

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  • Bill VonAllmen - 2011-10-20
    Hello Julia ,
    Was just wondering what part of the country you live
    in and if you know if Mondo grass grows here in my neck of
    woods , here in SW Washington State.
    Thanks , Bill
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Barbara - 2003-11-18
Pretty and delicate, and tolerates a wide range of temp. and conditions, it is rightfully named and will cause anarchy if not tamed. This means serious frequent trimming, and inproper propgation will lead to a dense cover on the aquariums top which will prevent you from feeding. Lastly, if you have any underwater crabs (fiddlers, thai), dont use this plant, it is strong, hard to topple, easy to climb, and willingly goes ABOVE the waters surface- giving your fishy friends a perfect excuse to take a dry land vacation.

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Kevin Aylward - 2005-11-26
Being a newbie to fishkeeping, this looked like a good place to start with plants. I bought ten bunches of cabomba, and placed them at the back and corners of the tank. The fish seem to love the fact that they can swim around and through them. I think it stimulates them. I know these live plants have it all over the artificials for appearance. Their whispy texture flows gracefully, and is visually pleasant. Thank you for giving me a selection that even us newbies can enjoy and succeed with.

Kevin from Maryland

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Bil - 2006-10-07
Hornwort is a great plant very easy to care for and it reproduces by itself. A good plant for fry to hide in. But beware usually it brings friends like snails to your tank. Everytime we get some hornwort we are plagued with pond snails you'll see a few and then a week later there is about 50 snails in there. The hornwort grows fast like cabomba and still gets pecked at by the mollies especially fry mollies. I have all kinds of baby fry in my hornwort. A very good all around plant for the aquarium and it does shed its leaves but the decaying matter turns into algae for the pleco. For beginners this is the best plant for you.

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Jake - 2004-09-30
I am very disappointed when I see online aquarium retailers selling Brazilian Elodea under the name of "anacharis". This plant, the Brazilian Elodea, is a highly noxious and invasive weed and is obviously non-native. This plant readily outcompetes native plants in lakes where it is "accidentally" introduced into a local lake or pond. I would like to see the chances of this plant impacting our lakes reduced and promote the use of the native plant, the common Elodea, (Elodea canadensis. It is just as attractive and will not harm our lakes if they are introduced, as they are native to North America.

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  • Doug - 2012-12-11
    Jake, being a newb to planted aquarium, how can you tell the difference? When I go to a pet store or online it's all listed as anacharis. Thanks for any advice. Doug
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