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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-20-2013, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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Some native hornwort was available at the MAAH auction last weekend along with the comment that it doesn't drop leaves as quickly and is slightly greener than normal hornwort. Anyone tried this? Any other Wisconsin aquatic plants that are nice in aquaria? Collection regulations?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-20-2013, 02:32 PM
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I don't know about Wisconsin specifically but ludwigia repens is found all over the US and jungle val is found in some of the great lakes...
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-20-2013, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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There seems to be val that grows like crazy around here, but I don't really need any for my tanks!
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-21-2013, 06:20 AM
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fissidens fontanus is native
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-11-2013, 09:58 PM
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Val grows around here I have also found Cabomba caroliniana.

The only thing I would suggest is finding a way to disinfect the plants. I added some to a tank that I pulled locally, and a month later I had tons of dragonflies in the basement.

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I agree, the native hornwort doesn't seem to drop leaves nearly as much as what you find in aquarium shops. I guess I didn't really think about it until now, but back when I had the tropical kind, cleaning up the shed leaves was an absolute chore and they always were floating around everywhere and stuck to the filter... Now, the native stuff hardly ever loses ones unless I accidentally snap them by grabbing them too hard or something.

Something even stranger I noticed: the bottom parts poked into the gravel didn't wilt and rot into a nasty mush like the tropical kind did, rather, the leaves sort of blanched white but remained crisp and firm, and helped anchor the plant in the substrate. I'll have to get a pic sometime, I thought it was bizarre...

Besides that, the native one has flowered and gone to seed for me. Finally, it gets a richer rust-orange tint and pink stems when it grows close to the light. Very pretty.

Aaaanyways, make sure you check Wisconsin laws on plant collection and get permission to collect from private lands before you do and whatnot.
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If you're looking do disinfect your plants, you can dip them in a solution of hydrogen peroxide. This is pretty effective at killing inverts and even algae.

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