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My friend has a bunch of Riccia floating atop of his 55g Hex. My question is, how do people here go about setting it on the bottom of the aquarium.

Do you weight it down initially?




When do you float it for propagation? In other words, when do you know to do that?


If I've got a 55W power compact and an additional 15W powerglow strip on my 29, is this sufficient light to grow this plant?

Isn't it fairly easy to grow? I think I may go get some after work.
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it will not root, so you need weights to permanently keep it down.

it's easy to grow...

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no problem, glad to help, if you want more ideas on how to keep it down, go to Momotaro's 75 G tank in Photo Album section.....in the first few pages, it shows how he was able to achieve a lush riccia carpet..

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Yeah, I love that post.

Do you think 2.41WPG will be enough to grow it. I've got 7ph 7GH and (thanks to co2 and equilibrium)
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you will be fine.trust me, your riccia will pearl after a couple of minutes of being in your tank, no doubt

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Just curious, but since Riccia doesn't root, how does it attach to rocks? At one of the LFS in my area, they have these rocks that are completely covered in Riccia.
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maybe they use hairnets...or something...they need something to hold it down...maybe tied in with java moss....cuz riccia will never hold itself down.

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I've seen people use a type of synthetic mesh to grow it through.

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I'd be a careful if you have small curious fish. This can be a death trap for them.

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I've tried hairnets and lots of things to tie it down. Now, I use a synthetic mesh I bought at Wally world in their fabric section. It is a nice green color mesh maybe used for dress making. It was like $2 for enough for 50 rocks! I tie it tight enough and the Riccia grows fast enough that I don't think a fish could swim in there, much lees strangle themselves. Hairnets may be a different story.

One key to successfully keeping riccia looking good is regular trimming and keeping it short. If not, the stuff underneath will start to die and it will release from whatever you attached it to in a big mat. It is definitely not a low maintenance plant when growing well. But, it can be so beautiful it is worth it.
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If you can grow hair grass (Eliocaris acicularis) you can push riccia down into it and it will stay there, growing into a matt with the hairgrass. This does still occasionally require some maintenance, as riccia does try to float away eventually.

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Aquascape? I'm a crypt farmer.

It's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

That IS an aquascape, it's titled "The Vacant Lot".
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