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Old 12-06-2013, 09:54 PM   #1
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Assuming it is a form of algae, what is it?


Check this out. It's slow growing and grows like a vine, just over the Rotala Indica/Rotundifolia though.
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Old 12-06-2013, 09:54 PM   #2
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Cladophora?

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Old 12-07-2013, 01:19 AM   #3
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That's bladderwort. Look it up. Pretty hard to get rid of.
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Old 12-07-2013, 02:39 AM   #4
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It is Utricularia gibba
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Old 12-07-2013, 04:11 AM   #5
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Definitely gibba. Good luck getting rid of it. Even a tiny fragment will grow a new plant.
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Old 12-07-2013, 04:53 AM   #6
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I've never seen that before.
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Old 12-07-2013, 05:18 AM   #7
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Anyone else noticing a lot of Utricularia gibba posts popping up lately? I just found some in my tank tonight I believe >.<. Must be kinda like head lice, goes round and round, jumping from person to person for some time till ya finally get rid of it.
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ive got gibba right now as well, it came with a shipment of moss I have mostly gotten rid of it in my tank but it has taken me over six months to do so
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Old 12-07-2013, 06:39 AM   #9
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Yeah! you've got U. gibba!

Get every little bit out that you see. I keep some in my sump because it's an incredibly interesting plant from all standpoints (carnivorous, DNA deleting, fast spreading, etc.).

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Anyone else noticing a lot of Utricularia gibba posts popping up lately? I just found some in my tank tonight I believe >.<. Must be kinda like head lice, goes round and round, jumping from person to person for some time till ya finally get rid of it.
I've noticed it too, and what I've been observing for the past few weeks (temperature is finally dropping here) that it's been popping out hundreds of tiny black seeds. It seems like this plant seeds in the winter months, and breaks apart more in the summer months. The seeds I'm seeing could really easily be attached to even a small part of any plant, so that might be a reason for the increase in nuisance posts this time of year.
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Interesting, i see a lot of this in Massachusetts, had no idea. neat
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Old 12-07-2013, 01:38 PM   #11
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Well time to roll up the sleeves tonight and get that junk out of there. Manual removal is the only way, I assume?

Thank you, everyone, for your help in identifying this and if you have any suggestions that would help me get rid of it I'd love to hear them.
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Old 12-07-2013, 02:50 PM   #12
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I just removed a small piece sane thing.
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Old 12-07-2013, 05:12 PM   #13
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All of my tanks have small amounts of this less desirable UG. As long as you pull it when you spot it, U. gibba never seems to take over or cause any major issues. The trade off is that it seems to be impervious to any attempts of complete eradication. Funny how the sexier of the two UGs doesn't follow this regime...
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