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Old 04-03-2015, 01:28 PM   #1
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Fittonia for the Riparium


I know some Fittonia is a good riparium plant, but will all the variations of this plant do well. It has so many beautiful color forms. What differnt color forms of Fittonia are TPT members growing in ripariums? Share you experience with this marginal aquatic!
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Old 04-03-2015, 02:02 PM   #2
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I haven't found a color that doesn't work well. If I wasn't at work, I'd post a pic of Fittonia "Frankie". A screaming hot pink and the leaves are noticably thicker with edges that are rippled. Lighting certainly influences as it's located pretty close to a T5. Really a Slooooow grower compared to others, it seems.

Ahh, found a picture: http://imgarcade.com/1/fittonia-albivenis-pink/

It's the one in the lower left corner.

Being close to the T5, mine is even more pink.
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Old 04-03-2015, 02:25 PM   #3
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If I wasn't at work, I'd post a pic of Fittonia "Frankie".

It's the one in the lower left corner.

Being close to the T5, mine is even more pink.
Frankie must be a beautiful Fittonia Bushkill!

I wonder how differnt light spectrums can affect their Colors. I would assume the closer to UV you get in the spectrum, the deeper the Colors become. Has anyone tested the affects of differnt spectrums on their riparium plants?

Keep em' coming people. More Fittonia pics!
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The interesting part is the T5 tube it sits directly under is a blue actinic I use to help balance out the 5500K LED pendants that are a little too yellow for me. The tank is an angelfish final pairing off tank, so these are large, brightly colored fish that really show well under the lighting combination when I'm home. The blue spectrum I suspect is what keeps growth in check, but interestingly intensified the pink.

I found one that's even more red than the one slightly left of center in the photo. I mean it's cardinal red. I still haven't put this one in a Rip yet. I'll see what the variety is when I get home. Can't remember off the top of my head.
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I've not tried all variation but I use the 5th from the left in mine for a year (in about a week) works great but gets leggy if its too shaded (give it direct light for better growth), and a lot of people use the 1st and 2nd on the left. I've not see the more solid red, yellow, or deep green variety but I'd honestly assume they'd all work.
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The interesting part is the T5 tube it sits directly under is a blue actinic .
I have seen "medicinal herb" growers on other forums use acinitic bulbs. They filled up fixtures with a mixture of differnent acitinic bulbs, to mimic how LED grow lights combine different specific spectrums. They were getting amazing results too.
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I have seen "medicinal herb" growers on other forums use acinitic bulbs. They filled up fixtures with a mixture of differnent acitinic bulbs, to mimic how LED grow lights combine different specific spectrums. They were getting amazing results too.
Hmmmm...links or info you could pass along?
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Hmmmm...links or info you could pass along?
There is a MASSIVE thread on rollitup . org

Go there and search
"LED Without LEDs -My First T5 Grow"

I learned SO much about the effect of different light spectrums on plants there. And all about PAR and how plants see light compared to how we see it.

But be warned its huge, could spend months reading through that thread lol
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