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Asian Ambulia (Limnophila sessiliflora)


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Common Name: Asian Ambulia
Proper Name: Limnophila sessiliflora
Category: Stem Plants
Temperature: 15 - 28 C
PH: 5 - 8
Lighting: Low
Growth Rate: Very Fast
Difficulty: Very Easy
Origin: Southeast Asia
Position in Aquascape: Background
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Good aquarium plant but beware if you keep clown loackes they like to snap the branches leaving them floating on the surface. Rees This stuff is an absolute weed once established. Will grow in most any conditions. Can be a maintenance shore in high-light co2 injected tanks. George Willms What a lovely plant! Seasonally available in the NY tri-state area through Petland Discounts. Hair algae magnet. Need bright light or gets leggy. Anonymous This species needs frequent trimming or it will soon take over the tank. I had a bad case of hairy algae and had to toss most of it out. Then it started melting. I found out that a shortage of potassium in my tank was the cause. By that time I was down to about one stem. I amended my water and now it's back to trying to take over the tank again. Cillana Nice plant to keep in bunches. The tips of mine turn pink when they reach the surface of my tank, under 2wpg! Sergio Munoz Very nice plant, fast growing, beautiful, but it is a real weed and potentially invasive so please dispose of it by keeping it out of your local waters. radzewicz Under low light growth is more compact. Internodal distance increases with lighting. Have found "leaf" width to vary greatly also. Ernie This is the only plant my clown loaches ever distubed. They would snap the stem which eventually killed the plant. Roop My favourite noxious weed. Even at 1.3 wpg, with no added ferts or CO2, it still needs to be cut back every few weeks. Pull out the leggier ones by the roots and replace them with cuttings from the bushier ones, and you'll build up a nice thick wall of green. Ottawa
 
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Please keep in mind this is a noxious weed. Accrodingly, the Missouri Aquarium Society Inc has banned it from it's horticultural program to encourage people not to propagate it and keep it from becoming a problem in Missouri.
 
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They aren't kidding when they say that this stuff grows like a weed in a high light c02 injected tank. It is best planted in bunches and best reserved for a low tech, low light, non-c02 injected tank. IME, it also tends to grow more bushy in low light but much thinner and taller in high light. If you find yourself a dismal failure at growing aquarium plants, give this plant a shot. If this one does not grow for you, I am afraid nothing will.
 
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Grows fast and is a great algae buster. Propigate by cutting side shoots. Remove leggy stems and replant healthier thicker stems. This plant over time will get leggy and it is important to cull out the leggy and keep the thick and strong.
 
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Noxious-est weed ever! I have it in my ten gallon tank and it grew into a thick thicket that covers 2 thirds of the tank. It spreads on it's own horizontally by making leaning stems that send down long roots from the nodes. I started with only about 5 fairly small stems. It grows in about 2 WPG fairly well, in inert sand. I can also grow it in a mere 1.4 WPG.
 
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A beautiful plant in my low-tech, low-light tank. Initially, I was disappointed as it turned yellow and died. But when I upgraded my lighting to 1.5WPG and added Seachem Flourish and Excel, it is growing back green again. I guess my conditions don't allow it t grow like a weed :-)
 
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I am afraid that it will keep growing even in the dark :D
 
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THEY GET BIG! REALLY BIG!
 
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I have this is my 60litre tank and have really struggled with it. It was nice and lush adn thick when I planted it and now its all stem with tufts on top. I am a total beginner and would really like to get it looking healthy again. Any suggestions?
 
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I have been experimenting with mine. In the high light (4 watts) CO2 tank, it is more leggy and only bushy near the water line. This is also a larger tank -- and it has clown loaches! 8 of them! I didn't know they snap it. I do find tops floating fairly often. So I moved some to a very low tech 20, most of its light comes through the window and I don't do ferts. It grows much thicker in that one, it's prettier. So maybe the above poster is treating it too kindly. :D
 
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Where can I get some of this?
 
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They are very beautiful. I just love this plant. :3
 
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They are very beautiful. I just love this plant. :3
 
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Very fast grower, however it requires a good lighting. When my 20H was only lit with one CFL 23w, and the plant was not under the CFL, i was beginning to lose it. Now, with 2 CFL 23 Watts lighting the tank the plant grows fast without CO2. Lately I started pressurized CO2, and it grows even faster, requiring regular trimming.
 
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I started with 1 stem about 3 inches and now i have over 20 different stems about 5-7 inches in 4 months. I really love this plant. Grows really lush green. If you cut just above the leaves almost just flush to the leaves after 3 days another stem will grow on top of it. I haven't had any algae growth ever on it. I use excel and doesn't melt. I have it grown on seachem black sand flourite. Beautiful must have plant.
 
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