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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-22-2013, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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What is happening with this plant?

I am new at this so I am not sure what is going on with this plant.

It seems to be sprouting some sort of growth on the leaves. Is this something I should take care of, or is this suppose to happen.

This is a picture of the root area in case this would help.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-22-2013, 06:26 PM
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It looks like brush algae to me. Your lights might be on for to long causing an imbalance in your tank.


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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-22-2013, 06:29 PM
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Looks like it's reproducing to me. Some plants spawn tiny plantlets on the bottom sides of the leaves which will eventually break away and form new plants. Congratulations!

It does look a bit worse for the wear, though. As if there's a deficiency. I defer to the fertilizer experts on that one.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-22-2013, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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This tank is only two weeks old, so there could be the process of cycling still going on in it. I know that my Sword plant just reproduced (although, in my newbie status, I am pretty sure I killed it), so it seems things are healthy in there.

Edit: If it is an algae how would I get rid of it?

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-22-2013, 10:23 PM
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That is Bolbitis heteroclita, Asian water fern and it is budding new plants from its leaves. Leave them alone until the parent leaf is dying then tie/glue the baby plants to wood.

This plant will die if the rhizome is buried so be best to tie/glue the parent plant to a pebble or bit of wood rather than grow it in the gravel. Good luck with it, it isn't an easy plant to grow underwater.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-22-2013, 11:13 PM
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I didn't know heteroclita was aquatic. I really do learn something everyday. Thanks
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-23-2013, 02:04 AM Thread Starter
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When you say glue, what glue are you talking about? I'm new at this and I'm thinking Elmer's but that is probably not it.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-23-2013, 02:33 AM
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Superglue should work.
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