Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Hendersonville, TN
Sara, that is Naseae crassicraulis, I think. Just doesn't like it's conditions. It's one of the stems I use when I'm setting up a tank so I can get a general idea of what the conditions are in the tank. Likely, your water is very hard still, and more "basic" on the pH scale than you may think. Those are minor problems, though, and it could adapt after a while (maybe); it is very light deficient, though. Wait until it gets a little taller and can get enough light....it will take off from there if it can adapt to the hard water.
What options instead of the hygro? Good question! A Sagittaria may look interesting, but it would not blend in very well. Stargrass is always nice, but the bottom leaves likely wouldn't get enough light to do very well over all. Maybe a tall, fast growing crypt? You should ask Devin....he'd be able to recommend something nice. Ludwiga atlantis, maybe?