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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-02-2019, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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Theres some stringy looking plant with small leaves growing on my plants... It started when I introduced Riccia into my aquarium. It doesn't resemble riccia though. Does anyone know what it might be?
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Utricularia gibba

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It's a really neat plant which has a lovely flower.
However, those "little leaves" you see are actually traps. Yes, traps. This is a carnivous plant, like a Venus Flytrap.
They eat tiny little water "bugs" and even tiny fish.
I would expect them to be able to eat very young baby shrimp, too.

So.... you probably don't want it in a shrimp tank if you are trying to produce shrimp. On the other hand, it's a nifty plant that deserves to be kept, so I'd suggest getting a little fishbowl or a big jar just for it.
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Utricularia gibba is a plague. A tiny piece of a stem will grow into a new plant. Carefully remove all you can and try and vacuum up any little bits that you can't remove by hand. You will have to be persistent if you really want to get rid of it. Lots of toothbrush and tweezer work. It might be a good idea to remove a lot of plants completely and then pick the bits off of them. Make sure and rinse and inspect them well before putting them back in.

Here is a thread on getting rid of it.

An article explaining what it is
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