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Old 09-15-2011, 06:58 PM   #1
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Plants out of nothing? (almost nothing) and a guessing game?


So I have a 55g that I've had for a while. It once had several species of plants, but I had to move away and it was left uncared for. Almost all the plants inside it died aside from an indestructable mass of java moss, taiwan and pheonix. The water was never changed for about 3 years and there were months when it did not receive any light. I know, I know I'm a monster... anyway I've since moved back and taken pains to restart the tank. I did several water changes over the span of a couple weeks and cleaned out most of the mulm that was thick on the bottom. Added CO2, new plants (trimmings from the forum), ferts, no fish yet, and took out 90% of the moss so the light could reach the bottom again (oh and turned the light back on.)

Then today I found out I was wrong about the moss being the only thing alive. I found tiny plantlets growing all over my substrate. So I'm wondering what they'll grow up to be. All you can see are 2 tiny leaves and a small root. I dont know how they propagated. I assume from seeds, but I didn't have any plants that were able to flower. They are growing right on top of the substrate so I want to rule out any buried dormant plants. Everything aside from the moss had melted into mush, so I don't know how anything else survived.

So now the fun part, If anyone can guess what they'll grow up into I'll send some to you when they are of a suitable size. I'll also include trimmings from my other plants when they grow in by that time, just paypal the shipping, I guess. Pics included. First one to guess correctly wins, contest ends when plants grow enough to be identifiable.
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Old 09-15-2011, 08:28 PM   #2
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no answer to your question...but welcome back after a long time away
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Old 09-15-2011, 08:38 PM   #3
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not that im right. i doubt that i am. HOWEVER it does look like a species of bacopa at first glance
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Old 09-16-2011, 03:15 AM   #4
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thats really cool
your metaflora has survived the plantpocalypse LOL
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Old 09-16-2011, 03:34 AM   #5
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Glosso. I've had them spawn from just shoot tips and broken leaves.
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Old 09-16-2011, 04:24 AM   #6
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Good guesses so far guys, I've had both glosso and bacopa in this tank before the "plantpocalypse" (if i may borrow such an apt term .)
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Old 09-16-2011, 06:17 AM   #7
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I vote for glosso looks very similar to a new sprout of glosso.
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Old 09-19-2011, 02:13 AM   #8
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New pics after coming back from the weekend.
They now have 4 leaves. Does it still seem like glosso?

Btw they are still very tiny, that substrate is Soilmaster Select.
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:09 AM   #9
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glosso wakes up from zombie land any time
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Old 09-20-2011, 01:29 AM   #10
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That is great, are they coming in thick or sparsely? I always love when I find an odd propagator or a surprise stem behind something.
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Old 09-20-2011, 09:37 AM   #11
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They now have 4 leaves. Does it still seem like glosso?
A buddy of mine broke down his tank once and just dumped the substrate with some glosso straight into a black trash bag and left it in the yard. A couple of months later, we opened the bag and the glosso was doing great with lots of runners.

But, I thought glosso has only two leaves. I vote that this is not.
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:01 AM   #12
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HC? Figured I'd at least throw it out there - I'm likely wrong as I am just starting to try to learn about the different plants and I am sure I couldn't be right lol.
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:37 AM   #13
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I'm disappointed to say that these sprouts did not survive to show me what they were, the STS substrate in that tank was too large for root retention of these young plants. My last observation was of some plantlets stuck to my filter intake. So I couldn't give any away. It actually made me give up the hobby for a bit, but I've come back to give my apologies and explanation.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:23 AM   #14
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Default Re: Plants out of nothing? (almost nothing) and a guessing game?

Uum sorry yo hear about your plantpocalypse, but I also just notice this tread is from 2011.
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