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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-06-2020, 09:26 PM Thread Starter
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Floating plant ID

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Earlier today I stumbled upon a pond filled with what appeared to be hornwort. I fished a bit out and brought some home and put it in an empty tank. Upon closer inspection I found that there appears to be two different plants present. More importantly, one of the plants had numerous bulbous objects attached throughout. Initially I thought they were snails or eggs of an insect, but then I realized that they may be part of the plant itself.

I have attached one image each of the plants in question. I'm under the impression that one of the plants is indeed a hornwort and that the other may be fanwort? I'm being speculative in either case. Any help would be appreciated! I am in New Jersey, by the way.



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Hmm, I've now edited the post to embed the links using the insert image function, but it seems like they're not working.




I've now uploaded the images to imgur as well. (Edit: when the links are embedded using the isnert image function, they too appear as blanks. I have added the new links below.)

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Is the color distorted to someone else also? It looks like hornwort.

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I think I figured it out: the beaded plants seem to be bladderworts.
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Definitely a bladderwort. They are carnivores like the venus fly trap. They will eat fry, shrimp, snails and such.
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To everyone who have replied, thank you!
I dipped the plants in 25% isopropanol to remove the heavy load of critters that came along for the ride. Seems like at least some of the plants have made the harsh treatment, as I see continued bubbling caused by photosynthesis.

I am planning to keep these plants in a turtle tank without any shrimps or fries.

Are bladderworts obligatory carnivores? Or can they survive like any other plant in a nutrient rich tank?
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They need water fleas, fry, daphina, bugs, and other small aquatic to survive. They only get a bit of nutrients through their leaves. The have no root structure as a normal plant. The hairs that look like b roots by the bladders are trigger hairs that activate the bladder to suck up food.

They will die if put into your tank with no food to eat.
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I did the same thing with hornwort once- or what I thought was hornwort, locally it was called 'coontail' found it on the edge of a lake. It did not survive the dip- all the needles turned white and it died. Curious to see if yours lives through the treatment.


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