This is the first plant i put in my 10 gallon. 1.5watts per gallon, no co2, plain gravel, no ferts.... and it still grew about 2 inches in a week and sprouted a few new shoots... Definately could get out of control if you don't trim, but it's great if you want something that will fill in quickly.
I think it notable here that this plant can usually be found VERY cheap at most fish stores, as they sell it as fodder for goldfish and often have several bunches of it in their own gold fish tanks for the livestock to much on, which prevents them from having to spend money on fish food. If buying what they consider "real plants" at the same time, if you spot a "scrap" of it in the plant sales tank and ask, they will often toss it in with your purchase at no extra charge.
Another of my favourite stem plants. So easy to grow & take cuttings from. It's roots grow amazingly fast & that makes it very simple to make cuttings from. The fish don't seem to eat it at all & I have it in all my tanks.
Excel will melt this plant, if excel is used sporadically. A continuous daily dosing of excel is fine. Just don't suddenly spike the plant with excel once a week or so. Either use it everyday, or hardly at all.
Amen to the using of Excel. I've used Excel every day since the day I put it into my tank and had no problem...other than it multiplying like crazy. I started with 8 stalks of it half way through April and I now have 43 stalks. Looks amazing in the background of my tank and is awesome for all my fish fry to hide out in.
We are trying despirately to get this to grow in our Biology Department. For some reason it just won't grow... I love the way this plant looks and it makes for the best wet mount slides to examine cell walls due to it's 2cell thick leaves. Just wish it would grow reliably
This is the first plant I purchased for my brand new 10g. Unfortunately- I didn't know squat about planted tanks and I quickly made a mess of things. Totally melted the bottom portion of the plants. I think Anacharis is beautiful and I will give it another shot in my 'renovated' plant-ready tank.
I never seemed to have luck with this one no matter the water source. It would start out beautiful and full at the store and begin to look like a weed in my tank. It grows, but the leaves are no longer thick and full.
I have very hard water and this plant stills grows about an inch a day. Excel melted all of the Egeria densa in 1 of my tanks so I stopped using it. Replanted the tank a couple of weeks later with cuttings from another tank is again growing about an inch a day. These plants look beautiful when grown in larger bunches.
Anyone know what the white strans are that grow off of these? I figured they were runners, so should I stick them in the sub. or can I cut them off. I have a bout 15 stems and at least half of them have these strans growing fron like half way up the stem
The perfect beginner plant. It will reach the top of your tank in no time and then you just pinch it off at the spot you want and replant in the substrate. It is common for one plant to have 5-6 shoots.
I love the look of these plants! Their cheap and grow like mad! Their great for anyone starting a new planted tank because they grow so quickly! I noticed any growth from the LFS will die off and new MUCH brighter shoots emerge from the old growth. You can just snip the new stem below the roots and discard any non rooted old original growth. I posted a picture just waiting for it to get validated! There is one MUCH darker stem in the middle of the picture. That is the only section of "Original growth" that survived for me. Every stem I propagated from the original growth has grown out well! I'd recommend it to anyone. Great stem plant!
Anacharis in general is a very hardy plant. It grows like weed even if given less than optimal conditions. However, there are a few things that can kill it: salt, excel, and high water temperature. All 3 of those can cause the infamous anacharis melt, where anacharis leaves turn transparent and mushy.
I have 1.7 W/US gal lighting (looking to increase) and even though elodea is supposedly a low light plant it isn't doing great in my tank, it doesn't root much so sometimes floats up, and some of the older leaves die, is this "melting" i dose Nutrafin PlantGro once a week, WHAT IS GOING ON!!!
i just got this plant like a week ago, and i have to say within two days it was already growing branches, and one is already about 2 1/2 inches long if not more and a few others coming along nicely. i have to say i'm very please with this plant. not a bad plant if you are starting to grow real plants in your aquarium.
Some interesting properties about this plant 1) its very good at absorbing nutrients very quickly good for messy fish but it can clear all the nutrients from slower plants 2) I can fight off cyanobacteria and algae because it secrets an anti-bacterial and other allopathic substances SEE http://kops.ub.uni-konstanz.de/bitstream/handle/urn:nbn:de:bsz:352-opus-49030/20.ErhardGross_2006_allelopathy_elodea_Aquat_Bot.pdf?sequence=1 3) this plant can lower PH in hard water inviornments because it actually uses bicarbonates to increase the electric potential within its 2 cell thick leaves. The top layer becomes alkaline and its lower leaves become more acidic as a result. THis plant can absorb calcites http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/91/1/62.full.pdf