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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-29-2008, 04:37 AM Thread Starter
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I just gave my Riccia a "Haircut" ;)

I have riccia attached to flat sedimentary rock. Gives a cool Asian look to the middle of my tank. I have it attached with hair nets. Once a month I typically rip out the entire shooting-match, tear off the nets, and re-fasten a much smaller amount of ricca with a new net. At 2.5 WPG with EE the stuff grows like crazy.

This time I tried something new. I just got out my sharp scissors and gave it a "haircut". I just cut about 3/4 of an inch above the flat top of the rock and went all the way across. I then netted up the floating riccia.

I will let you know if it works. A *TON* less work for me if it does
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-30-2008, 03:52 PM
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Nice looking tank!

I thinking about adding Riccia to my tank, so I'd be curious to know how this works out for you.
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The biggest problem of 'trimming' riccia held by netting, string, etc, is that the riccia underneath tends to die off due to bruising and lack of light. You may find that by giving it a hair cut you end up with big clumps breaking loose.

Riccia is seriously messy and a total pita, but it does look so pretty when it pearls.
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i 2nd that, looks nice but it is a pita


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Yes...Riccia is indeed a PITA...

..but...like all really cool things we put up with the hassle for the "look".

I took a clump, set it on top of a rock, and wrapped it all with a hair net (purchased at a local drug store). I tied it into a tight knot at the bottm and set it in my tank in an area that gets lots of light.

Tiny O2 bubbles form on the tip of each tiny leaf....so the look is really cool. But - as others have pointed out:
1) Little pieces break off and float to the surface. These need to be harvested every couple of days or your tank will be covered in it (it is a floating plant by nature).
2) It grows like gangbusters and you need to either re-wrap the rock up to twice a month, or try the haircut method I employed (results TBD).

So....cool.....but a PITA
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