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vwboy53 03-31-2005 11:01 PM

Parrots feather rotting
 
Hi, I got a problem with some parrots feather plants.
When I get them they were spectacular and after a while they started to rot at the bottom of the stems. It appeared some roots were growing but they died off. I moved them into a brighter spot in the tank,but still they are turning brownish, while one is not. It's just hanging in there.
I placed them now in a crevis in a rock.
Any ideas?

8 gal tank
diy co2
kitty litter substrate
flurotabs fertilizer
daily liquid fertiliser
2 black mollies
1 Cross golden sucker / chinese algae eater (wierd i know, only one i ever seen!)

Momotaro 04-01-2005 02:23 AM

Welcome to the board vwboy53!

Parrot feather is more of a bog plant than a true aquatic. It does well above the water, but rots away under the water.

Mike

shalu 04-01-2005 07:05 AM

Mike is right. I have it in the pond outside. When I put it in the tank, it did not like it.

Anthony 04-01-2005 12:11 PM

Weird, I've had mine for a month now and it grows like a weed. :confused: It needs weekly trimmings in my tank!?

shalu 04-01-2005 06:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Anthony
Weird, I've had mine for a month now and it grows like a weed. :confused: It needs weekly trimmings in my tank!?

When you get a chance, show us a picture so that we know we are talking about the same plant. Do you know if yours is Myriophyllum aquatica? that's what Mike and I have in mind. Mine did grow fast underwater, but the leaves underwater are kind of yellow, ugly looking, so I threw it out. Don't know if it would rot if I kept it longer.

SueNH 04-01-2005 07:54 PM

Sounds a little odd but I have some sort of milfoil in my tanks that certainly looked like parrots feather when I threw it in the pond. Stuffed some cuttings in the pond last summer and when it broke the surface looked and acted like parrots feather. Lost it's underwater leaves and the few that were left were ratty but there is no doubt in my mind that it came from a reddish topped milfoil I stuffed in the mud.

Got a little trim happy later in the summer and regretted it. Tried to take some of the parrots feather out of the pond and it would not acclimate back to the way it was.

No idea what the milfoil was. Came as a freebie with a plant order. I still have some in the tank. It grows and isn't ratty by any means. If I had a bigger tank it might even be stunning but I've got to constantly nip away at it in my small tanks.

When it warms up I'll see if I can get it to do that again. Parrots feather isn't winter hardy here so I have to try again with plant trimmings.

Anthony 04-01-2005 09:02 PM

I bought it as parrot's feather, but will post a pic when I get a chance.

bigpow 04-02-2005 05:29 AM

my parrot feather has been dying ever since I could remember.
When I first got them, they were very dense and light green in color. The branches were thick and brown in color. That was 6 months ago. Now they're yellowish and sparse/brittle.
However, when I lifted them outside the water, they dried up and died.
I'm all confused now

vwboy53 04-02-2005 06:53 AM

Parrots feather rotting
 
http://www.geocities.com/vwboy53_2000/tank.jpg
The plant I assume is parrots feather is the one coming out of the rock in the middle. You can see the wire wrapped around the stems and the stems below rotting.
I made the wire very light, just enough to hold the stems, but they just rot. Even some loose stems floating rot at the bottom!

Any ideas?

bgssamson 04-06-2005 07:16 PM

[QUOTE=SueNH]Sounds a little odd but I have some sort of milfoil in my tanks that certainly looked like parrots feather when I threw it in the pond. Stuffed some cuttings in the pond last summer and when it broke the surface looked and acted like parrots feather. Lost it's underwater leaves and the few that were left were ratty but there is no doubt in my mind that it came from a reddish topped milfoil I stuffed in the mud.QUOTE]

SueNH,

I think you gave me some of this trimmings, here's the pictures of it (link)

http://www.dotphoto.com/Go.asp?l=bgs...2342712&Pres=Y

It has been growing in my tank with no problem as you can see very nice.

-Brian :proud:

66 north 04-07-2005 04:07 AM

I have some parrots feather as well. At first (about two weeks) if grew rapidly to the surface so I trimmed it down. During that time it also faded from an intense red to a more brown/red. Regrowth has been very slow, new shoots start out intensely red and then quickly fade to the yellow colour.

It looked perfect after that first two weeks in my tank. Sounds like I'll have to take it out :icon_frow Maybe with spring coming I can try it outside.

bgssamson 04-07-2005 12:56 PM

Its been in my tank for about 6-8 months now! I have to trim it every 2 weeks.

-Brian

Momotaro 04-08-2005 03:11 AM

I have seen a few plants go by the common name "Parrot's Feather"!

Mike

bgssamson 04-08-2005 01:06 PM

Mike-

Do you think mine is a parrot feather?

-Brian

shalu 04-08-2005 08:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bgssamson
Mike-

Do you think mine is a parrot feather?

-Brian

can't see your pics?
vwboy53's pic does look like parrot's feather, on the other hand.


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