Waterwheel Plant (Aldrovanda vesiculosa)
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Waterwheel Plant (Aldrovanda vesiculosa)


Common Name: Waterwheel Plant
Proper Name: Aldrovanda vesiculosa
Category: Floating Plants
Temperature: 25 - 30 C
PH: 5.0 - 6.5
Lighting: Medium
Growth Rate: Medium
Difficulty: Medium
Origin: Australia, Europe
Position in Aquascape: Floating
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This rare plant is hard to find in naturally existing environments due to it's demanding requirements. It is a carnivorous plant that is in danger of extinction. Since the early 1990's early projects have been going on in an attempt to restore the plant. It can be grown in a variety of lighting conditions from low light to high.
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Aldrovanda vesiculosa is a bladderwort and makes a nice floating plant for the experienced hobbyists, can multiply quite rapidly in a suitable environment. Soft water is very important, (Low KH/3 or less & GH/5 or less) Lighting needs to be within the 2.5~3wpg range. CO2 injection is an absolute necessity. Fertilization should be diligent, NPK, TE and Fe. It needs to be in a tank that is clean and stable w/good flow, it does not do well in an algae prone tank since it is a floater and closest to the lighting. It is a member of the Droseraceae family or sundew.
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Man, that's wild looking would love to get my hands on some of that
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@WoefenxXx: It is not a bladderwort, it is more related to plants like the Venus Flytrap and Sundew species. It has closing traps much like a Venus Flytrap. Winter-hardy plants produce winter growth called turions, they sink to the bottom of the tank where they rest until the water becomes warmer.
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wanna have one thats looks like a new to me
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IME an acidic environment and plenty of CO2 makes this an easy plant.
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This plant has just been added to the IUCN's (international union for the conservation of nature) red list (19/10/2012). CITES sources the IUCN's red list for its criteria of endangered or threatened species so the chances of this plant entering on to the Appendix I is likely. This will heavily regulate the sale and trade of this species, both at the national and international level. http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/162346/0



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