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Trying to ID this plant

Does anyone know what this plant might be? It's from Rhett Butler's Yucatan Cenote photos at Mongabay.com. It's the fern-like carpet growth...

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Thanks for that...

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interesting pic, intruiging plant.

mahlon, welcome to the planted tank! I see you're from memphis... I'm right across the river in Jonesboro, AR. Glad to see you here! There's been a slow trickle of mid-southerners to the site recently, and I'm very optimistic about what it means for aquaria as a hobby in the region. I'd love to pick your brain about local stores / clubs if you're interested. I'm using Bob's Tropicals pretty heavily these days for my fish, and occasionally for plants. Welcome, and see you around!

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Hi,

I have not been able to ID that plant. If anyone has any ideas I would love to know. There are more pictures at http://fish.mongabay.com/biotope_cenotes_mexico.htm if it helps.

I will probably be adding a large number of new biotope pictures to mongabay.com after 11/1. I will be spending most of October in Peru.

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Hi,

I have not been able to ID that plant. If anyone has any ideas I would love to know. There are more pictures at http://fish.mongabay.com/biotope_cenotes_mexico.htm if it helps.

I will probably be adding a large number of new biotope pictures to mongabay.com after 11/1. I will be spending most of October in Peru.

Best regards,

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Great. Mongabay is a super resource. Can't remember if you have a donation section or not. Will look.

Oqsy, thanks. Yep, I'm new here and pretty new to the hobby, so brain-picking would probably not help you much.
But I would like to know more about what's going on in the area. Whatever I find out, I'll let you know, and like-wise?

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The plants could be some sort of freshwater macroalgae, such as stonewort.
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It really does look like something that you would see in a saltwater tank.
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It reminds me of something I saw here: http://www.shrimpnow.com/forums/showthread.php?t=484

(hopefully you don't have to join to see the picture). If you can't see it, it's a liverwort that was collected in Japan.
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To me it looks like an algae covered mat of a stem plant like micranthemoides. The pictures are interesting. Looks like an Amano tank. And people say Amano's stuff is too artificial! This shows there really is carpet bottoms in nature.

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Are you sure that it is freshwater, that looks as if it is coraline algae on the rocks near it.

Do you have a side view of it or could you pull a rock up and snap a shot like that?

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The consensus seems to be that the plant is a Chara or stonewort species, a freshwater macroalgae. Coming across such a rich, lawn-like landscape in a freshwater habitat was a first for me. Looked like something out of Amano.

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