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Old 10-25-2004, 02:16 AM   #16
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My second attempt at growing D. Diandra is going well, they are green, growing and best of all the bottoms are not dying.
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Old 10-26-2004, 12:03 AM   #17
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how high do they get? im considering them for a 24 '' high tank... would they be tall enough for a good background centerpiece, and is 3.5 wpg enough for them?
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Old 10-26-2004, 01:13 AM   #18
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im considering them for a 24 '' high tank... would they be tall enough for a good background centerpiece, and is 3.5 wpg enough for them?
Yes and Yes Mine are 18" tall now
With the proper conditions they are just like any other tall plants
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Old 10-26-2004, 01:14 AM   #19
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They only get around 6" tall, so not a good background plant.

Yes, 3.5 WPG is enough.
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Old 10-26-2004, 02:53 AM   #20
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They only get around 6" tall, so not a good background plant.

Shhh...Don't tell my Diandra that
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Old 10-27-2004, 02:02 AM   #21
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I have not had mine long enough to see if it will actually get over 6" or not. I was going by what was written in my plant book, maybe a misprint
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Old 10-27-2004, 02:28 AM   #22
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I just put two bunches in my tank last week. The stuff I received was about 12" long. Per the Kasselmann book, it grows 10-40 cm submersed (5-10 emersed). I'm hoping to use it as a midground, so 6-9" would work for me !

Good thread. It'll be interesting to see how mine fairs...
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Old 11-04-2004, 08:46 PM   #23
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Tried this plant once before in the past, but I don't think it likes my water. Gave it plenty of light and enough nutrients, but it didn't last long. Two weeks and by then, it had blackened out and disintegrated in the tank. This was before I went pressurized and the water was more basic then.
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Bummer Sorry to hear that, I've heard several folks say they have a hard time with this plant, it thrives for me, if you want to try it again, Ill be glad to ship you a generous portion, maybe an even trade for some "Hemianthus callitrichoides"


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Tried this plant once before in the past, but I don't think it likes my water. Gave it plenty of light and enough nutrients, but it didn't last long. Two weeks and by then, it had blackened out and disintegrated in the tank. This was before I went pressurized and the water was more basic then.
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I have noticed that locally most of the Diandra in the stores are not in the best of shape to begin with and have already started to have stem rot; they (LFS) say the plant does not ship well. I think the key is getting a really healthy plant to begin with. The last batch I obtain had just begun a bit of stem rot, I cut the bad part of the stem off & planted, I only lost one stem all the rest is doing very well.
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Hmm...might have to do that next time. Parts of the plant were already blackened and the stems were translucent when I got them. I just attributed that to lack of nutrients and thought that it would recover in my tank. Well, that never happened...

The Hemianthus callichtroides is doing well. It has finally settled in after about two weeks and is starting to put out new leaves. I'm moving it to the 90G when that's set up, so it might be awhile before someone else gets a hold of it.
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This plant doesn't mind hard water, prefers bright light, and a good substrate, water column ferts are a plus. If it is healthy it does not notice that it has been trimmed, nor will the lower leaves turn black in a thick planting. The concept of it prefering cool water is only for people who want to keep it longer than a year, 72 or under like WfxXx has it growing. The idea is to keep it in 'spring' conditions, if you let it get to summer conditions it will switch gears after a while and crap out. Yes it will grow in warmer water, yes it will look fine, but eventually its genetics decide summer must be over and it goes into it's fall die back.

I had the best growth of this plant when I kept it at a 10 hour day, when i jumped the tank up to 12 hours it looked great for 3 months and it died back, after 2 years of really nice growth and color.
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Do you think the longer photo period simulated the longer days of summer and the plant decided to go dormant after the summer lighting period?

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This makes a lot of sense. My tank conditions in the summer time was exactly that! The temperature was consistently at 80C and it thrived for a couple months. When summer was over is when I started noticing the plant to die out. In it's place I have decided to give E. Stellata a try.
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Do you think the longer photo period simulated the longer days of summer and the plant decided to go dormant after the summer lighting period?

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Yes, considering how long I had it going like a little rose bouquet, along with the way it suddenly crapped out after that length of time after the photo period change. It just went into a fall die back.
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