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post #16 of 113 (permalink) Old 07-03-2013, 04:41 AM Thread Starter
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How much PAR do downoi and S. repens need? I know S. repens can tolerate lower light, but I'm just concerned about keeping my downoi alive. If downoi dies on me (knock on wood), then I'll just buy like 3 more packets of S. repens and cover my whole 36g with it. lol.
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Yeah, I bought some Cyperus helferi from Petsmart a couple of weeks ago. I like it sitting above the dwarf hairgrass. It's hanging in there, but my tank doesn't have enough light or CO2 for it to really flourish.
IME C. helferi doesn't really need CO2. I had it growing with HC with just excel dosing. And my tank was a 10 gallon, so the Cyperus literally covered up half the whole aquarium. But then I got lazy with my tanks and then it died
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I picked up some of the S. repens and P. helferi today. Most of the other packages had sickly looking plants (looking a bit yellow, some already covered in mold). I think once they hit the store shelves, you have to pick them up when freshly delivered since the lack of intense light will slowly kill off these light-loving species.

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Ive been off the forums for a few years, being slowly trying to encorporate the hobby back into the routine (low maintenance is the way to go!).

"Back then" Staurogyne repens and Pogostemon helferi were brand new to the hobby, and we were still trying to figure out the true ID of these plants. I'd like to think that our hobby (and forums like these) helped to get these two particular plants ID'ed and mainstream into pet stores around he country.....

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picked up some S. repens and it's some top notch stuff it's been in the tank for three days and i swear theres already new growth also picked up a packed of lobelia cardinalis Not really sure how it's doing but if it doesn't work out i will just pick up a few more packets of Repens

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My cardinalis is doing amazingly well, especially since it had seen better days when I bought it. I am really glad they are going down this road. Having the biggest pet stores in the U.S. taking notice of the hobby can't be bad.

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My cardinalis is doing amazingly well, especially since it had seen better days when I bought it. I am really glad they are going down this road. Having the biggest pet stores in the U.S. taking notice of the hobby can't be bad.
did you get lobelia cardinalis or alternanthera reineckii cardinalis?, if you bought the lobelia cardinalis can you take a picture of how there doing?

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The S. Repens is excellent, planted it on Monday and it is already sending new leaves. I wish I went to petsmart before I ordered some online.
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Same for me. My tank is brand new and the S. repens is looking real good. Not sure how the downoi's doing though.
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Interesting that they are selling p. helfiri. From everything I've read, it requires CO2. Do they let people know that on the packaging, or is it buyer beware? Or am I wrong and it grows fine without CO2?
I always tell everybody who is buying the life plants if they need Co2 and what type of lighting they will need. Since i have learned a lot here about my plants and other plants, light, fertilizer etc. i can save some people from wasting money if they don't have the right set-up.

I was very excited too when i saw that Petsmart got all the new plants. Unfortunately in my store they all came half way dead into the shelve, so i will wait until we get a better shipment

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My downoi is showing lots of new growth after just a week or so (it's growing out in a tank WITHOUT fish to nibble on it)... some of the emmersed growth melted within the first few days, other parts are just hanging in there but have colored up well since being planted, and overall it's looking pretty good. I have quite a few "mini" crowns that are about 1/4" of new growth.

All of the staurogyne repens I've planted has done exceptionally well.. so well that I just picked up two more packages (I started with 2) to fill in and extend my carpet a bit more
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How much was the Pogostemon helferi?
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I think its 8.99

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Mine was $7.99
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So cool to see that they carry such a large selection in good shape!
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