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Old 06-15-2005, 10:14 PM   #1
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Help! Riccia arrived hot


This is sort of an SOS...I ordered some riccia which arrived today by USPS Priority - but since it was 95 deg F here, the riccia was hot and the package was giving off a nasty smell . Surprisingly, the color is still green (light green) with very few strands turning brown/black (<3%).

My question I guess is - will these survive?? I have not put it into my tank yet, I have put them in a tub of tap water to cool these guys off - treated with dechloriner after abt 30 mins. I know I know I am doing everything wrong.

Any advise? Thanks much in advance.

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Old 06-15-2005, 10:28 PM   #2
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Float it in your tank in a net to keep it from getting everywhere.

Riccia is like duckweed in that it only take a little to create a lot...especially if it's being grown under high light with CO2. I have had single thalli turn into 3" diameter pads in 2-3 weeks in my 40g tank.
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Old 06-15-2005, 10:35 PM   #3
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Thank you for that quick reply, bharada...Ok I will do as you say.
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Old 06-16-2005, 03:03 AM   #4
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Hehehehe, it's funny cos it's true!!!
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Old 06-27-2005, 07:39 PM   #6
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So its almost 2 weeks that the above riccia is sitting in a plastic mesh sandwich in the tank - no sign of any riccia growth...how long should I wait before I give up on it? I searched some threads here on this and they all said by wk 3 I should have a lush growth....unless it does a major sprint in the next 7 days...I don't see how it could do that. Any thoughts
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Old 06-27-2005, 08:16 PM   #7
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What's its color now?
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Old 06-27-2005, 10:53 PM   #8
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>>What's its color now?<<
Its almost white on the sides now (where visible)...however, I looked closley and I see O2 bubbles rising from the plastic mesh! I don't want to put my hopes too high right away, but who knows??

Sorry, I am battling a little GW, and this is how close I can focus on my A85...but there are a bunch of baby snails crawling all over the mesh too.





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Old 06-27-2005, 11:56 PM   #9
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While I am not a Riccia expert like some here that design complete landscapes with it...

I would not compress a transport-damaged riccia underneath a piece of plastic. Like Bill suggested you should have let it float (it's a naturally floating plant) in a net and let it recover there on the surface.

The bubbles you see might be Riccia pearling, or algae pearling, or Riccia slowly rotting away.
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