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Re: Annoying plants... (Aponogeton madascariensis)
I have a madascar lace plant in a 55 gallon tank. When I received this
healthy plant, it had a good number of leaves, perhaps 6-8 inches in length.
I planted it, and as expected, some developed rotten spots, and I started
stripping leaves. Within probably about 6-8 weeks or so, it had filled in
beautifully, and I had a VERY large lace plant (leaves perhaps ~12 inches+)
in a spot where it was quite cramped, so I moved it to the center of the
aquarium. Again, I started getting those rotten spots, and began stripping
leaves, one by one, waiting for it to resume growth. It never happened. I
pulled up the bulb the other day with one lone new leaf (which had remained
the same size for about 2 weeks) and it (the bulb) was obviously rotten. I
cut off the rotten parts, and tossed it back in the tank. I now have a bulb,
about half the size previously. Question is, what to do with it? This
happened to an aponogeton ulvaceus in my tank, 2 months or so ago (though it
still has leaves on it, they're not growing any longer, and again I cut away
the rotten part of the bulb), and my crispus plants appear to have stopped
growing after being transplanted.
I understand some of these plants go into dormancy, while others don't. Any
suggestions? I really hate to lose the lace plant. It really was quite
beautiful and healthy, and would have looked great in it's (new) location.
Chuck, I understand the lace plant has to be kept in optimal (and fresh)
water conditions or you'll lose leaves--water changes at least once a week.
Hopefully, someone with more experience with these plants can give us some
As far as the bacopa monnieri, I put a few stems in a 20 gallon tank. I began
getting a sort-of leaf melt but left it in to see what happened with it. As
I've experienced with other plants, once it got some new growth, was trimmed,
and I replanted only the new growth it adapted to my water conditions and
<< I made a couple recent additions to my 75g tank. One is a Madagascar Lace
sword. When I got it, it was in bad shape, with only one dying leaf. It's
now got 4 or 5 new leaves forming, one is about 1.5 inches long.
But, I also addded some Bacopa Monnieri. Looked ok for a week, but then
it started losing it's leaves. I've now got 6 or 7 bright green stems with
1 or two leaves per stem. Should I leave it, and hope for new growth, or
is it a goner?