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Old 09-17-2010, 02:15 PM   #1 
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Question About Wisteria

What is the difference between "Water Wisteria" and "Wisteria"? I bought some water wisteria at PetSmart because I like, but I also bought the pre-packaged Topfin brand of Wisteria and it looks different, but both are safe for aquarium use.

I'm confused. Is there really a difference aside from looks or is one more beneficial than the other?
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Old 09-17-2010, 02:25 PM   #2 
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Are they actually different species? Aquatic wisteria is Hygrophila difformis, it's called "difformis" because it has different leaf forms that look nothing like each other. It can look like this: http://fish.carotcollins.com/photos/..._difformis.png

and then after it's adapted to your water and light, the old leaves will melt, and they will grow in like this: http://www.thetropicaltank.co.uk/Pla...c/hygdiff1.jpg

Try to pick plants that have been grown in water rather than out of water--this way you don't have to deal with the leaf melting phase as the plant adjusts to living under water.
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Old 09-17-2010, 02:36 PM   #3 
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Aaaahhh, thank you Adastra! The first link is the type I bought that I already have planted, that WAS grown in water. The second link is the pre-packaged wisteria by Topfin that isn't packaged in water but instead in gel.
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Old 09-17-2010, 02:43 PM   #4 
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If your light is decent it should grow in like the second picture--I have some in my high light tank and that's how it looks. However, I have some cuttings in shadier places in the tank, and they look like the first picture.
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Old 09-17-2010, 02:52 PM   #5 
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How odd. Ha ha. Okay. :) I do have a lighted tank. Thanks very much Adastra.
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Old 09-17-2010, 03:51 PM   #6 
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I have both kinds too and just like Adastra said, the low light look like the first pic. I've grown to like both looks. :)
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Old 09-17-2010, 03:59 PM   #7 
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Pun intended? ;)
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Old 09-17-2010, 04:05 PM   #8 
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LOL! No. I didn't even notice. :P
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