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Help ID this flora

Good morning everyone;

I have something that has sprouted and growing in my ten gallon tank at work. It's cute, but if it's a nuisance plant, then I don't want to keep it in the tank.

take a peek at these pictures that I tried to take, and see if anyone can ID this for me please:


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Hey, I would really like to know what this is, too. When I bought some bunch plants from a lfs recently, some of this stuff was tangled in the bunches.

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It's actually kind of neat looking, and I could imagine pruning it and forcing it to grow certain ways, around rock work, as a carpet on the floor, etc...but I don't want to keep it if it's a nuisance to the tank environment.
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Looks like some sort of bladderwort.

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Looks like some sort of bladderwort.
It doesn't look as thickly branched as bladderwort, but possibly it could be a variation.

I'm guessing then from doing a quick search on bladderwort, that it's more of a nuisance in tanks than what people want...yes?

Maybe I could pull as much out as I can get and take it home and put it in my pond out back.??
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There are lots of different species of bladderworts, for example Utricularia gibba looks alot like that.

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So I should probably extract it from the tank then...seems most I've read on the species is that it's definitely a nuisance.
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Ok, after doing some more research and getting a couple other suggestions, I still don't have a real good idea as to what it is......so I'm going with the opinions of a few who have answered, and letting them take the lead on what to do with it.
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Not sure where you got the source from ID'ing it as staghorn algae, but that would be the last thing that I would consider. Check out the nodes in your pictures...definitely not staghorn.

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Not sure where you got the source from ID'ing it as staghorn algae, but that would be the last thing that I would consider. Check out the nodes in your pictures...definitely not staghorn.
couple different sites I'd have to go find again. From the pics I saw it looked more like staghorn than it did bladderwort and the pics I saw of different types of that.

Either way, it's obvious that it's an algae that I need to extract from the tank.
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I am 100% sure that it is a bladderwort, Utricularia something. It is not an algae

And some people might see it as a nuisance, I myself would keep it pruned to a small amount and enjoy having such a different plant in my tank. I think it's kind of pretty.

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I am 100% sure that it is a bladderwort, Utricularia something. It is not an algae

And some people might see it as a nuisance, I myself would keep it pruned to a small amount and enjoy having such a different plant in my tank. I think it's kind of pretty.
well rain, Ibn, I will certainly take your heeds over what I know...I'm very green in planted tanks, just trying to learn as I go along. So if it's not algae, then it might have some benefits to being in the tank?

I like the way it looks as well...so I might just take your advice and see if I can't prune it around the rock centerpiece I have and keep it contained.
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Well, like other plants, it takes nutrients and produces oxygen. But it also catches tiny creatures with it's bladders. In a (tetra and other small species) fry tank it isn't such a good thing at first, but the bladders are small and not capable of catching anything large. Fascinating plant

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Well, like other plants, it takes nutrients and produces oxygen. But it also catches tiny creatures with it's bladders. In a (tetra and other small species) fry tank it isn't such a good thing at first, but the bladders are small and not capable of catching anything large. Fascinating plant
I guess that is what was throwing me. In all the pictures of bladderwort, the bladders look very defined; on this plant, they're noticable, but not as defined as ones I saw in other pictures.
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I also say it is Utricularia gibba. Got something very similar in my tank. You can clearly see the bladders in the picture.


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