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Old 11-27-2012, 11:07 PM   #31
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I have 2 floating over a spray bar in a 4g. In my case, it takes them about 3 weeks to start covering the surface, but usually by that time they have couple of baby plants. I replace parents with off-spring and the cycle repeats.
What do you do with the parent plants? Seems like everyone wants this plant since this thread was created hehe
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:03 AM   #32
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Dispose of responsively or move them to a larger tank.

At the moment I have a couple of smaller guys I can share but asking for $7 in shipping for a water sprite or 2 just feels wrong. A lot of people could not give it away 2 months ago, but it seems that I'm one of the few who still ship plants in the winter.
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Old 11-28-2012, 03:56 AM   #33
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I've been searching and searching trying to find some Water Sprite for my 55g since I set it up like half a year ago!! I even left the whole right side of it empty for the day I find some.

Anyone know where I can get some from in Calgary, Alberta??
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:06 PM   #34
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OK..... I love this plant, but it doesnt love me! I hve tried 6-7 times to grow it in my 125 planted tank and it always gets brown and melts! I am getting a complex. It is the only thing I can't grow!!! The last batch I got was 10" tall with lots of roots. It has been in my tank for2 weeks and is starting to look horrible.


The day after planting:


Today:


It has grown, but is looking brown and unhealthy.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:09 PM   #35
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Water Spirit and Wistera, both uber great plants, I love them. Don't have any currently, unfortunately...
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:20 AM   #36
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It has grown, but is looking brown and unhealthy.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Is the base of the leaves planted below the gravel?
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Old 12-09-2012, 12:50 PM   #37
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Hey those bubbles look like my rotala colorata!
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:06 AM   #38
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Just the roots are in the gravel. Is that correct???
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:12 AM   #39
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My water sprite doesnt look like yours! My plants have wider leaves..much wider!
These were my plants when i got them, dates on em, and they quickly out grew my 45 gallon, my two tens and my five [tanks i had at the time].
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They were beautiful, and i ended up growing a monster that was six of my hands!
You can see in the next pictures the floaters? Thats all water sprite. And its thats thick all the way across! The second photo not so much, its after i got rid of the monster. They propagated from the leaves themselves, usually in the curves, a which caused parts of the leave to tear off, and that damages the main leaf! Lots of moving means lots of tearing, and at that time i was rescaping alot, and that leads to rotting leaves, and more ammonia and nitrates than what you could hope for...Finally had to take it all out, and its now in a bucket, waiting to be sorted..i sort more and more everyday, but theres still more!
I tried burying it for a while, but it juts stayed like the floaters leaves.
Evan when rooted in the substrate, it still looks like this: [Water sprite in the substrate is on theleft side!]
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Do i not ave water sprite?
Id love to get one of you guys plants! =]
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:56 AM   #40
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OK..... I love this plant, but it doesnt love me! I hve tried 6-7 times to grow it in my 125 planted tank and it always gets brown and melts! I am getting a complex. It is the only thing I can't grow!!! The last batch I got was 10" tall with lots of roots. It has been in my tank for2 weeks and is starting to look horrible.


The day after planting:


Today:


It has grown, but is looking brown and unhealthy.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
When I first purchased my water wisteria & planted it, it was very vibrant & green like the first picture, but after planting it in my tank it started to look like yours in the bottom picture...It was growing but looked kind of yellow/greenish. What I ended up doing was leaving it like that for about a week until new roots could form on the baby plants, then I removed the complete plant out, cut off all the baby plants being careful not to damage them & replanted them. Now all the new cuttings that I replanted look like your first picture & grow extremely fast!
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:32 AM   #41
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Nice Guide Thanks
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:23 PM   #42
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I want to know how to get it to grow to the top of my 75 gal tank before it breaks off the baby plantlets. It gets at most 12-15" tall and then the "top" breaks out of it. Could it be the current from the HOB filter that causes that? Lacking something to make stronger stems?

I've never trimmed this plant because it just keeps breaking the top off on it own. The mother plant got about 15" tall then bam the whole top came out and my mother plant was only 8" tall after that. I don't even know which or where the original "mother" plant is. I probably have great-great grandbaby plants. LOL

It works very good for tucking into or wrapping around branches on my driftwood to keep in place and mostly stays put .. until more plantlets break off.

How can I get it to grow tall? Should I keep pruning it while it's small to make the stems stronger and thicker?
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I want to know how to get it to grow to the top of my 75 gal tank before it breaks off the baby plantlets.
I would try removing all but ~3 stems and let them reach for the light. Mine have no problem getting to the top and out of a 75G Tall tank.
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:38 AM   #44
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I would try removing all but ~3 stems and let them reach for the light. Mine have no problem getting to the top and out of a 75G Tall tank.
I'm definitely doing something wrong then. So are you saying when the plantet is removed, either on it's own or by pruning, I should trim it to only 3 stems before replanting it? Or pull out the ones that are planted now and remove all but 3 stems on those?

The last one that the top plantlet broke off, the top was taller than the bottom. The top was probably about 8" while the stem it came from was only about 5". Left a big space right where I need a tall plant. I never noticed it turning brown before it did that. I just remember thinking it was growing nice & tall & looking good then a couple days later saw it was no longer attached and then saw the brown stem hanging down. The top had floated up some but got hung up on something so kept it from floating all the way to up and away. I left it that way because it made it nice and tall. LOL Until I did my water change .. then I ended up planting the top and moved the bottom elsewhere.

It's like some of them are not growing tall enough before they make plantlets so the plantlets end up being taller than the stem they come from.
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:26 AM   #45
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When a plantet is detached, pinch off the entire parent stem at the roots.

Chose one already planted plant (no need to pull it out) and pinch off all but 2-3 stems.
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