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Old 08-29-2013, 07:43 PM   #1
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Wierd plant taking over 10 gallon


Hey anybody know what this stuff is? It grows in strands, started in my Java Moss. Its pretty invasive and annoying. I've been manually removing it daily!!!
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:55 PM   #2
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Sad news! This is Utricularia gibba. It is a carnivorous plant in the family of bladderworts. However, it is, like you mentioned, rather invasive and can take over. Best strategy is to remove as much as you can. However, you should try to remove it carefully, since any pieces left in the tank will spawn new strands. Remove on sight, and try to get it all. Eventually, you'll manage but it will take careful and constant removal.
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:39 PM   #3
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Very annoying!!!! Its a plant so killing it is really really hard. You cant just do blackouts. I had it too in the past, stayed around for almost a year and then it just died off. Their food source finished so...
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Old 08-30-2013, 12:25 AM   #4
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Seems like there's been quite a few threads about U. gibba lately...wonder if there's an epidemic
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Old 08-30-2013, 12:29 AM   #5
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Hate that plant! Glad I am rid of it. Utricularia gramminifolia is very worthwhile but Utricularia gibba is the worst hitchhiker I've ever had.
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Old 08-30-2013, 01:40 AM   #6
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Ooooh I have dat in my tanks too... I Thot it was jus a hitch hiking plant.. I didn't know it had evil deeds!! :/ now I gotta get rid of it
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:57 AM   #7
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good luck, ive been fighting it for months, basically impossible to remove without some breaking off.
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Old 08-30-2013, 05:33 AM   #8
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These thread pop up regularly, and you always know what the plant in question will be.
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Old 08-30-2013, 05:37 AM   #9
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Hate that plant! Glad I am rid of it. Utricularia gramminifolia is very worthwhile but Utricularia gibba is the worst hitchhiker I've ever had.
Right up there with duckweed and riccia.
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It makes for a great floating plant in a tiny bowl.

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Old 08-30-2013, 06:48 AM   #11
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Carnivorous plant. I had this in my tank recently. Still do. It starte in my shrimp tank and now its in my other two tanks and I haven't had any new plants in months. It actually started in my fissidens like four months after I got them. What exactly do you mean by carnivorous? What does it it? Shrimplets other plants ???
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Old 08-30-2013, 12:58 PM   #12
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These thread pop up regularly, and you always know what the plant in question will be.
Agreed, just depends on what the newest plague is. I do have to admit though, that I see U. gibba with higher frequency as a hitchhicker now than two years ago for example.

I wonder what the next thing will be. However, I think nothing quite compares to duckweed.
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ive found that u gibba grows much much much faster than duckweed
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Old 09-21-2013, 09:34 PM   #14
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If you don't want the Utricularia I will happily take it... Its a wonderful fry-trap for breeding various species (guppies, killies etc...). It can't eat fry but does consume the various infusoria.

PM me if you would like to send a little my way. I'll pay postage.
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Old 09-22-2013, 07:03 AM   #15
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It makes for a great floating plant in a tiny bowl.

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I strongly second this - I've got some in a small windowsill container, and it's sent up numerous little yellow flowers, I think it's pretty neat.

(but I do remove it from my tank when I notice it)
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