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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-29-2012, 07:43 AM
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I started off with a tiny bit and it's now covering half my 5 g, and i have 3 clumps of it in my 10g. I have the same conditions as above, quite low light and i hardly do anything to it, occasionally i take off the old leaves but usually just stick the vacuum end in among the plant and shake for the old its to come off.
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I'd be really happy to give some away.. but I live in Australia, and shipping plants OS might be difficult (or illegal?).

It is a pretty slow-growing plant, until it gets to the stage where it's sprouting baby leaves off the old ones. After that, it seems to speed up quite a lot.

I found it goes absolutely stupid with growth in my NPT (which has higher light than it prefers in my other tanks, too), just tied to a rock. It doubled in size in just a couple of months, to the point where I just had to take it all out so that the other plants weren't missing out on light.

The NPT produces a little natural carbon, and a bit of tannins from the organic potting mix (and now some wood I just included), so I'm wondering whether this is what caused it to have such rapid/healthy growth.

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me and java dont get along that well haha, my big leaves are turning colours, and my babies are slow growing, I have an NPT but i guess i didnt get any luck with these guys
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Just to elaborate on a previous comment that stated you shouldn't put it in the substrate, you can bury the roots but the thing you don't want to bury is the rhizome

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Just to elaborate on a previous comment that stated you shouldn't put it in the substrate, you can bury the roots but the thing you don't want to bury is the rhizome
Exactly! Mine have just the roots buried.(Anubias, too!) All are flourishing in my 10 gallon divided. I pretty much ignore them, except for pulling off babies and trimming really old looking leaves.


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