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On Sep. 29, 2012 I bought 2 bunches of a plant which was sold under the label BACOPA CRENATA. However, from the images i see online it more likely resembles BACOPA MONNIERI (aka WATER HYSSOP). Despite both bunches surviving, much of the lush leaves have wilted off. I tried relocating them toward the center of my tank where it will receive more light, but the leaves continue to wilt off. So, before they completely turn to mush Ill conduct a basic experiment suggested by a very experienced fellow forum-er, Aokashi. Aokashi suggested floating the Bacopa which will bring them closer to the lighting. So half of my Bacopa is now floating at the surface while the other half remains planted in the middle of the tank.

Tank: 5g cycled
Light: Standard CFL
Temperature: 80F-82F
PH: 7.6-7.8
Inhabitants: Blooey (male Betta) and 2 Anubias
Photo Period: 5 hrs/day

So I chose the shabbiest of the bunch to be in the floating group, here they are...


Here is the group that is now floating at the surface of the tank (after I cleaned off all the dying leaves)...


and here is the group that is still planted in the middle of the tank...


Blooey! Get out of the picture! =P As I was saying... here is the group that is still planted in the middle of the tank...


I will post progress every few days.

**Please correct any terminology mistakes i have made or misinformation I am guilty of spreading, Thanks!**
 

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that might help. plus it may just be getting used to your water. a lot of plants will melt a bit at first when u add them to your tank because they have to get used to your water pH and anything else that may differ from where it came. i have a lot of bacopa in my 5 gallon spec and it melted too at first the bottom leaves. so now i have very bushy tops and naked bottom stems because of it lol. they grow fast i had to keep trimming them which forces them to get bushier at the point of the cut. my tank has LED lights so it is my one tank with good lighting. i think i read somewhere that said sicne it is a stem plant i trim from the bottom and it wont kill it. im going to look it up again but if i can do that then maybe i can get it bushy all the way through. just a tip you may find it useful in the future lol maybe
 

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Hey thanks for sharing Megaredize! The lower leaves did start wilting first and then it just kept creeping higher! The top leaves are the healthiest and continue to grow. Maybe ur right in that its just getting used to my water parameters, I know my anubias took a couple months to acclimate now that I think about it.

I like your avatar btw, did u draw that or is that a tattoo??!
 

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I am pretty sure that is the one I have I bought 6 and only 2 are alive and I love them. My aniubus seems to acumelated right when I put it in the tank.
 

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I am pretty sure that is the one I have I bought 6 and only 2 are alive and I love them. My aniubus seems to acumelated right when I put it in the tank.
Did ur leaves begin "melting" at first like in my first pic? I like how they grow, tall and thin, it gives the illusion that the tank is taller Also! I love em too, that's why I really want them to get healthier.

Thanks for sharing
 

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It depends on species mine seem to do well in hard water with regular Ferts Aniubus seems very hardy to me so far. I can only positivly identify Crypt Wendeta and it seems to be doing well they are both great plants. My aniubus is 3 weeks old and already growing new leaves.
 

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I'll keep crypts on my list of things to check out the next time I go to the LPS... Probably tomorrow! In your opinion are crypts hardy like anubias?
Crypts are great hardy plants and relatively low light :) with the occassional root tab they can to be very beautiful XD I have a few different kinds, from really small ones to the ginormous one, I prefer them over anubias
I cant believe you are making this into an actual experiment log! keep us updated! I'm curious to see th results!
 

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I am terrible with this plant! For some reason bacopa just hates me and even under high light and with a fertile substrate and liquid CO2 all its leaves would melt off from the bottom up until I was left with this atrocious looking stub.

Be interesting to see how it does floating. I've found 'traditionally' planted stems take a while before they realise they aren't planted and adjust to floating life.

I still do love the look of it though.
 

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I personally dont like the look of this plant at all :)
At first I didn't, but then it grew on me. :lol:

Haha, jk. But seriously, I really loved the look in one of my tanks, but hated it in another. After a week, I hate it in the first tank and love it in the second one. I can't seem to figure out how I feel about it. But if it grows, it stays.
 

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well to me... the fatness ratio of the stems to leaves dont work.

lol!

but if it works for you.... XD
 

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I am great with aquarium plants they almost always survive but I dont know the name of most of them.
 

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Crypts are great hardy plants and relatively low light :) with the occassional root tab they can to be very beautiful XD I have a few different kinds, from really small ones to the ginormous one, I prefer them over anubias
I cant believe you are making this into an actual experiment log! keep us updated! I'm curious to see th results!
I figure if I'm able to get these babies to flourish, maybe.... Juuuuust maaaaaybe I can help someone else who spends their hard earned $$$ on this stem plant from throwing it down the trash shoot, or sink, or wherever dead plants go. =P
 

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At first I didn't, but then it grew on me. :lol:

Haha, jk. But seriously, I really loved the look in one of my tanks, but hated it in another. After a week, I hate it in the first tank and love it in the second one. I can't seem to figure out how I feel about it. But if it grows, it stays.
I liked them when I first bought them! When they had leaves! Their turning into bamboo-looking naked stems now, lol!
 

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I figure if I'm able to get these babies to flourish, maybe.... Juuuuust maaaaaybe I can help someone else who spends their hard earned $$$ on this stem plant from throwing it down the trash shoot, or sink, or wherever dead plants go. =P
leafy heaven?

lol

speaking of flourish....seachem flourish is an excellent liquid fertilizer
 
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