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Andrew's 20 gallon long! (New pics on Jan 11th)

Finally played with the camera enough to get some decent shots:





Most plants came from forums. I just got the Blyxa Japonica from Ghazanfar Ghori. It arrived in pretty rough shape, and haven't seen it do anything yet.

I throw in a little less than what Barr recommends for a 20L in his EI article for fertilizers, and do about 1/2 bps on the co2. A trip-to-Lowes reactor sits between an XP1 filter and the tank. GE P&A bulbs in the shoplight.

So, what should I do to give Blyxa its best chance at survival? And what's this red plant?

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I love the right side of your tank very green looks good. Hopefully the blyxa japonica will survive and flourish. Are you goin for a triangular composition?
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Andrew,

Not too many 20L's on the forum. Look forward to seeing yours grow.

I have a bit of B.japonica in my 46g, as well. Like yours, it arrived in rough shape, and went through a 2-3 week period where all it did was die. It has slowly been coming back, and looks like I might just pull it off. Seems to me like it's one of the "momentum" plants. What I mean is that it takes a while to acclimate and get rolling (a lot like microsword), but once it does, it grows like a weed. Check out Momtaro's journal if yo want to see it at it's best.

Also, every report I've read says B.japonica needs soft, acidic water. Like all plants, I'm sure there will be a variety of opinions re: HOW acidic and HOW soft, but you can bet that 25GH is not going to help it. It is always labeled a "difficult" plant.

All the other plants in your tank appear to be doing quite well. Nice photos.

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my guess would be some sorta of a ludwigia or maybe even a type of rotala. it almost looks and behaves like the rotala indica i have. green on the bottom where there is less light and red up top.

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Would have gotten pics earlier, but the death of the B.Japonica's really sapped my interest in the hobby. But one survived! I also swapped out the red plant for java fern with member spar. I'm a sucker for greens!








Check out that one lone survivor! Some of the java fern aren't perfectly green, but I'm kind of digging the rustic look right now.
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Hey Andrew, coming along nicely. The remaining Blyxa looks ok to me. Give it a little more time and I bet it will start getting 'bushier' on you. Once it starts to branch off you can start splitting it to propagate it.

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Don't let that get you down, I have successfully killed Blyxa on two separate occasions. Your tank looks very nice and you have a surviving Blyxa which as Bert H can be propagated. Be patient, you may find the accomplishment of propagating a single plant into a nice healthy stand more rewarding than purchasing a stand of plants and dropping them in your tank.


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Be patient, you may find the accomplishment of propagating a single plant into a nice healthy stand more rewarding than purchasing a stand of plants and dropping them in your tank.
True words indeed! A few months ago, I had bought some beautiful stems of aromatica from a fellow hobbyist. I planted them and proceeded to watch them all slowly die. I was down to a nub about an inch in length remaining alive. I changed dosing a little (upped iron and Mg) and that nub is now several stems just as beautiful as the ones I received. I feel like a proud papa because of the resucitation. In the process, I think I learned a little something about the plant as well. Hang in there. It's all part of the hobby.

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