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Old 10-09-2004, 06:08 AM   #1
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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?
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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.
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Old 10-09-2004, 08:15 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 10-10-2004, 02:03 AM   #4
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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.

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Old 10-10-2004, 02:36 AM   #5
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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.

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Old 10-10-2004, 04:15 AM   #6
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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.
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