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pphx459 10-09-2004 05:08 AM

Diplis Diandra Questions
Hey guys, I'm not having too much luck with diplis diandra. I have a group of them sitting on the right side of the tank (dying) and on the left side (thriving). The only difference that I can tell is that the left side has more shading for these plants. What are the requirements for these plants and would any shrimp/fish eat the them?

Buck 10-09-2004 10:27 AM

Diandra needs a lot of light and needs CO2, any shading of this plant will make it lose its leaves normally starting at the bottom of the stems. When I grew it I never had any fish eat it and shrimp will definately not.

Georgiadawgger 10-09-2004 07:15 PM

I had it a long time ago. I remember the top 2/3 looking great, but the bottom had the characteristic blackening (I thought 4.4 wpg was enough light). My temperature may have been too high though, it is a cool water plant (from NE US). It also doesn't like to be trimmed, nor replanted...but that's just my experience.

Momotaro 10-10-2004 01:03 AM

I had the same problem with Didiplis diandra. Even the slightest bit of shading caused to bottom of the plant to blacken up and die.


WfxXx 10-10-2004 01:36 AM

Ahh, Diandra is a delicate demanding plant, prefers soft water, grows like mad for me now, took me a few weeks to get the hang of when I first started growing it 6 or 7 months ago, I have some now about 12" tall pearls like mad and beautiful.
I don't seem to have any trouble trimming tops and replanting. takes off and multiplys rapidly.

I've not had any fish or shrimp eat any of my plants including the diandra.

Specs per tropica

trenac 10-10-2004 03:15 AM

I had bad luck with the first batch of Diandra that I bought. I planted it in a 55G tank with a little over 2WPG. The bottoms keep dieing but the tops stayed green; I contributed this to not enough light. So today I bought another batch to try in my 20G tank with over 3WPG, hopefully this time it will grow.

My plant books says not to plant to close together, good light (3WPG) and regular fertilization (iron) needed.

Overfloater 10-10-2004 07:03 AM

Mine grew great in kh/gH 3/8 4WPG and lots of CO2 but it croaked in kH/gH 14/8 with 4WPG and lots of CO2. It appears that this plant requires soft water.

pphx459 10-10-2004 08:17 AM

Hm, I have some real awkward plants! They are the opposite from what you guys are saying. The plants in the shade seems to be growing while the plants out in the open are withering.. Another difference I forget to mention is that on the right side that is withering, I have multiple groups of the plant. How far am I supposed to keep them apart?

Gomer 10-10-2004 04:40 PM

I had mine growing wonderfully in KH/GH of 9/9. This tank was not cool water (around 80 n average peaking to 86). High light and CO2. Bottom stems never blackened but old bottoms weren't that colorfull. They were grown in a tight bunch.

one thing I have definately learnedwhich has always held true for me with this plant: Have patience. It HATES frequent prunning. It has about a 2week period after trimming where it looks blaaah and lacks a lot of color. After this, it colors up quite nicely.

pphx459 10-10-2004 08:43 PM

Gomer, my tank conditions match that of yours, I will give this plant a chance. The thing that really boggles me is that one side is growing fine while the other side looks like it wont make it..

WfxXx 10-17-2004 01:12 PM

pphx459 10-19-2004 02:54 AM

:drool: Never got these plants to be red at the tips, but they are rebounding!

WfxXx 10-19-2004 11:52 AM

The CSM+B and an extra shot or two of iron seems to help with the redness :)

Aphyosemion 10-24-2004 07:49 AM

I am making a second attempt at this plant right now. The first time I tried it was when I just started planted tanks and it wouldn't develop any roots and just kind of got shorter and shorter. My water is medium soft and the lighting is high, so I'm not sure what happened the first time, but I fully expect complete success this time. That pic of it with the pearling and red tips looks so good, I feel like jumping in my car and picking some more up right now. :)

pphx459 10-24-2004 09:49 PM

At least you have a place to go pick them up.. :)

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