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Its such a cute plant. It does well in high - low light. And it puts out leaves anywhere from tiny 1 inch stems with a pencil eraser sized clover. To a 8 inch stem with a quarter sized clover.
The clover itself lasts a couple weeks.
It spread via runners and likes a fertile substrate.
As far as I know it is some type of marsilea.
Not sure which kind.
It came from the side of a pond.
Most marsilea loses its 4 leaf cover form after being submerged but this one didnt. Not sure why.
It retains its 4 leaf form no matter which tank I stick it in. I'm hoping to have enough soon to sell. I want to see if it keeps its form in other peoples tanks...
Sorry for all the info lol..
I have tried to get it an ID before and the best I can get is some type of marsilea.
Perhaps quadrifolia.. who knows..
I actually JUST found a whole POT of it last weekend! Yay!

Hey what light are you using now for your cubus?

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dang, that sucks wonder why?

i'm considering either setting up a cubus like you or maybe a marina kit likey xenxes (for just some really pretty shrimp), but it seems like the cubus is better all around. would probably do the azoo palm filter. which ikea light did you get? thanks
Honestly.. The cubus is nice and glass and all.. But its a tad small. It works for around 5 or 6 neo's, but not much beyond that. Thats excluding offspring of course.
I would seriously consider a 2 - 4 gallon cube. Its only a few inch bigger and would be alot easier to handle.
Just my 2 cents.

The Aqueon 2 gallon evolve is pretty snazzy. To be honest. Imma test how low a PC fan will keep the temps in my tanks. If its low enough I'm going to buy the 8 gallon Evolve and invest in some middle grade crystal black and red shrimp. Also considering a few blue or royal blue tigers.

This option is cheaper lol..
The azoo mini palm would be great. But I've made peace with my sponge filter lol.


The ikea light is the same one Xenexes uses I believe. It is a single bulb LED reading lamp. More in the yellow spectrum. Mine is the white clip on version. Cost $15
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Hair algae's awful. I'm not sure what eats it, certainly nothing I have. I think Amanos eat them, but only a certain kind (there's diff. species of hair algae apparently).

Agree with pedro the cubus is better, larger, and glass!
Ugh its a apin in tthe butt to get rid of. And its worse in moss.
Excel and Hydrogen peroxide will get rid of it. But it will also get rid of my shrimp.
For now I am just removing it bit by bit by hand.
Honestly its only in the moss. But gosh, once its in the moss its hard to get out.

I honestly need a timer for this light. Part of my problem is that I forget its on an just go to bed lol..
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I actually JUST found a whole POT of it last weekend! Yay!

Hey what light are you using now for your cubus?
Thats awesome!!
I steal mine from a local pond lol. Same way I got my creeping jenny and rotala lol.
Let me know if it reverts to its one leaf form. I am really interested to know.


I am using a single LED clip on reading light from Ikea.
This one actually. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80169636/
But in white.
They sell one with a base as well. Honestly I kind of dig it. I have some hair algae problems but its my fault not the lamps. Its a little yellow for me though.
MAkes me want to go back and cruise their lamp section lol.
They had some sleek LED clip on lights that I think would be awesome for a 5 gallon.

These! they had tons of styles and kinds. Super slick aand thin. And not that spotlighty at all. http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20180726/
I think it would do well for my low light hate tank.
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Ugh its a apin in tthe butt to get rid of. And its worse in moss.
Excel and Hydrogen peroxide will get rid of it. But it will also get rid of my shrimp.
For now I am just removing it bit by bit by hand.
Honestly its only in the moss. But gosh, once its in the moss its hard to get out.

I honestly need a timer for this light. Part of my problem is that I forget its on an just go to bed lol..
I wouldn't worry too much about it, hair algae's just another plant. Think of it as decoration I have a whole tank of it in my 6g Edge. I have to use it in place of moss.
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cool cool. i am thinking a cubus + azoo palm filter + fluval shrimp substrate (a tiny bit) + riccia carpet. for hardscape....maybe some small stones or very tiny branchy twigs (like manzanita). for shrimp...idk. i have S+ crs in my ebi, so i could do a couple really nice (SS/SS+) shrimp, but i kinda want to do either sakura/pfs or orange sunkist/pumpkin/whatever they're called. i could only keep a couple, obviously, but it'd just be for fun, not really for breeding. i need to get over to ikea and grab a light thanks for heads up!

i will keep an eye on the evolve 2g as a potential nano cube for the future....
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That is a cool light! Wonder how heavy it is? Or how it would attach to the tank?

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I wouldn't worry too much about it, hair algae's just another plant. Think of it as decoration I have a whole tank of it in my 6g Edge. I have to use it in place of moss.
Its making my fissidens too big and ruining my tree illusion!!
Darn algae.
I was thinking about how pretty it could be before I ripped it out of my tanks.
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That is a cool light! Wonder how heavy it is? Or how it would attach to the tank?
Honestly the clip end of the light is just shoved behind the back corner of my tank. The tank is what keeping it in place.
I have no idea how much the one with the base weighs, this one ways next to nothing really..
If I had something to weigh it for you I totally would.
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cool cool. i am thinking a cubus + azoo palm filter + fluval shrimp substrate (a tiny bit) + riccia carpet. for hardscape....maybe some small stones or very tiny branchy twigs (like manzanita). for shrimp...idk. i have S+ crs in my ebi, so i could do a couple really nice (SS/SS+) shrimp, but i kinda want to do either sakura/pfs or orange sunkist/pumpkin/whatever they're called. i could only keep a couple, obviously, but it'd just be for fun, not really for breeding. i need to get over to ikea and grab a light thanks for heads up!

i will keep an eye on the evolve 2g as a potential nano cube for the future....
That would be a cool tank.
Maybe take your best male and female and stick them by themselves and make high grade babies?
Sunkist sounds like a great idea too.

The evolve is pretty nice. I want the 8 gallon for some shrimp in the future.
I just purchased the 4 gallon evolve for my friend. In person its a nice tank.
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lol!!
They are doing great. I am starting to see them get more yellow with time.
Still want to switch out to slightly darker rocks..
Other than that nothing really changed...
Oh!! I added two baby nerites.
My LFS just expanded their plant and invertebrate section. Lots of cool thing there...
But he had tons of nerite everywhere now. Just everywhere is every pattern and size. I got two horned nerites that are black with stripes.
They are this ____ big.
And only $1 each!!
Too cute. Some GSA was building up on the glass and I was hoping they would eradicate it.
*do want horned nerites*
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Any updates? How is your hair algae battle? I currently am defeating a legion of hair algae by removing it, shortening my light period and a 72 hour blackout. It worked. I see most the thriving stuff all brown at the bottom of the tank >8)


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I have an Azoo Palm filter on the same betta tank you have that I also have. It works really well and as soon as it is cycled my first shrimps are going in
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Oh dear. I've been wanting to take a shot at a small shrimp tank for a while. Thought I wanted something with a longer footprint, but now I think I want a cube! No, I don't need one. But I want one lol.

Nice tank set-up! Updates??
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