Plants out of nothing? (almost nothing) and a guessing game?
So I have a 55g that I've had for a while. It once had several species of plants, but I had to move away and it was left uncared for. Almost all the plants inside it died aside from an indestructable mass of java moss, taiwan and pheonix. The water was never changed for about 3 years and there were months when it did not receive any light. I know, I know I'm a monster... anyway I've since moved back and taken pains to restart the tank. I did several water changes over the span of a couple weeks and cleaned out most of the mulm that was thick on the bottom. Added CO2, new plants (trimmings from the forum), ferts, no fish yet, and took out 90% of the moss so the light could reach the bottom again (oh and turned the light back on.)
Then today I found out I was wrong about the moss being the only thing alive. I found tiny plantlets growing all over my substrate. So I'm wondering what they'll grow up to be. All you can see are 2 tiny leaves and a small root. I dont know how they propagated. I assume from seeds, but I didn't have any plants that were able to flower. They are growing right on top of the substrate so I want to rule out any buried dormant plants. Everything aside from the moss had melted into mush, so I don't know how anything else survived.
So now the fun part, If anyone can guess what they'll grow up into I'll send some to you when they are of a suitable size. I'll also include trimmings from my other plants when they grow in by that time, just paypal the shipping, I guess. Pics included. First one to guess correctly wins, contest ends when plants grow enough to be identifiable.
They now have 4 leaves. Does it still seem like glosso?
A buddy of mine broke down his tank once and just dumped the substrate with some glosso straight into a black trash bag and left it in the yard. A couple of months later, we opened the bag and the glosso was doing great with lots of runners.
But, I thought glosso has only two leaves. I vote that this is not.
I'm disappointed to say that these sprouts did not survive to show me what they were, the STS substrate in that tank was too large for root retention of these young plants. My last observation was of some plantlets stuck to my filter intake. So I couldn't give any away. It actually made me give up the hobby for a bit, but I've come back to give my apologies and explanation.