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Lost my Apon Ulvaceus, should I pull out the bulb?

I lost my Apon Ulvaceus a couple of weeks ago during a period of time when I needed to raise my light to combat algae. I snipped the last of the leaves and it never grew back.

With that said, can I just leave the (I assume rotting) bulb in the substrate as long I don't disturb the area for a while, or should I pull it out? I'm thinking this will provide good nutrients to the substrate?
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I am not the best to answer this since I was never successful in getting A. ulvaceous to grow again. You realize that most Aponogetons are annuals that have a dormancy period, right? I believe that in nature this dormancy period is during a dry season, so pulling the bulb and keeping it barely moist in some sand for a couple months is the procedure I have read about, but I am not organized enough to pull this off myself. I have also read of some success just leaving it in place although this has not worked for me.

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If you're already running high on Nitrates and such, I would pull it. If you have a relatively low Bio load and a healthy selection of plants, they should be able to deal with the decaying organic matter.

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I've done this before with great success. You have to remove the bulb, put it in a zip loc bag with wet sand, and then tuck it away for a couple months. Kind of bothersome, but you can't always change nature. When you put the bulb back in the tank, it will sprout up amazingly.


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I've done this before with great success. You have to remove the bulb, put it in a zip loc bag with wet sand, and then tuck it away for a couple months. Kind of bothersome, but you can't always change nature. When you put the bulb back in the tank, it will sprout up amazingly.
Not trying to hijack but does RTL bulbs get done the same way?
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