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OK, so can anyone name the group of plants on the black sand? I believe this is emersed growth, there is a flower on one of them, and it looks like a little yellow ball, sort of spikey. You may be able to spot it on the left side of the right rear plant in the group.

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Looks like an anubias to me.

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Echinodorus cordifolius 'Ovalis'? I'm not sure...emersed growth may differ completly from the submerged growth of a plant :?
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I'll give this a while, let you folks mull over it, maybe later post a pic of one plant out of the substrate to show the root structure as well, before I post what it is supposed to be.

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It looks like Ranalisma rostrata emerse growth.

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What is the secret to learn the scientific names of the plants?
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It looks like Ranalisma rostrata emerse growth.
BINGO!

Nice call, George. That's it. May post some transitional pics assuming I don't kill it.

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No secret. A decent plant book will help, I have learned by association with the online community. No matter what your knowledge source, you have to apply a liberal dose of memorization.

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When it takes hold it takes off, looks a lot like grass in my tank. I would actually confuse it with the submersed form of microsword but for the rosette, and it is a little taller, about 2.5 to 3 inches.

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It looks like Ranalisma rostrata emerse growth.
BINGO!

Nice call, George. That's it. May post some transitional pics assuming I don't kill it.
If it changes over for you I want to know ALL the details. I tried it and couldn't get it to work for me, it just melted away.....

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Don't use the common names.

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If it changes over for you I want to know ALL the details. I tried it and couldn't get it to work for me, it just melted away.....
No problem. I'll make a point of it. Also, Sean, did you do the emersed version or was yours already submerse? I have this stuff in the 10 since that's the stable tank. The 30 is mega planted at this point, but not stable. Algae, don't ya know. So far, the emerse leaves are pearling. As you may have noticed in the pic, several of the leaves are turning brown. Since they came that way, I have to assume that was done in transit.

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It may also be Ranalisma humile.
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Mine came emersed and switched over. It was odd, it started to spread nicely looking like a little grass plant. I was keeping the hairgrass away from it, then it started to wane. I let the hair grass overrun the stand and watched it recover and put on some very nice growth. It looses the lollypop leaf look.

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I would do well to get a good book for plant identification. I suppose Kasselmann's is the way to go. Well, that's one for the future.

The lollypop leaf had me concerned that I even had the right thing, so I was posting here without saying what it was to see if anyone could nail it, which George did. After googling R. humile, it looks like this is an annual that dies after flowering. Considering at least one of these plants is in flower, I suppose it will die if it is R. humile.

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