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Re: Plant expert?! / Growing plants outdoors.

B. Olesen wrote;

>Thanks for the info. What successes, if any, have you had and with what 
>Don't forget now: I'm just up in West Palm and ready and eager to learn 
>firsthand from experts such as yourself who might generously condescend to 
>share their considerable knowledge and perhaps guide a humble beginner's 
>pathetic efforts. 
>Translation:  I'll clean fish tanks for tips.
>Bob Olesen


WHoa, Whoa, Wwwhhoooaaa!  Me a plant expert? Thanks for the vote of
confidence but I'm not sure I  deserve the lable!  I know more than most,
true.  But the real experts are the ones I seek advice from: 

Plants-T Barr, Karen (who is published),
Electronics-Ivo Busko 
to name just a few. And you know the rest.  

I do consider myself extremely well versed on Australian Pine as driftwood
and cheap, effective substrates.  The true Masters of the Art hang their
hat in Europe and Japan.  BTW, has anyone ever extended an invitation to
the German, Dutch & Japanese Aquarists that publish those gorgeous pics of
Tanks we seek to emulate to join our list and answer some of our questions?  

On growing plants outside, below are species I have had success with
growing outside but the list is hardly definative.  There are several other
species I Know will do fine outside that I have not grown myself.
The main key to success is to bring the  plants outside SLOWLY!  Dont' just
haul them form your tank and drop them in a pond or outside tank at once.
This induces shock-stress that causes much damage in some species that
hinders the plants recovery rate.  Get them exposed to increasing light
levels over a few days as you move them into position.

Echinodorus (Ozelot, Oriental, Rose)
Echinodorus bleheri (Amazon sword)
Echinodorus grandifolius (Melon sword) 
Echinodorus quadricostatus
Echinodorus tennellus
Ludwigia glandulosa
Ludwigia repens x. "Arcuata”
Ludwigia repens x. "Palustris”
Nymphaea lotus ("zenkeri") The REAL RED ONE! 
Nymphaea lotus (green)
Rotala indica
Sagittaria platyphylla (Giant)
Sagittaria subulata (Dwarf)
Vallisnaria Crystal grass
Vallisnaria grass Crystal RARE RED (available nowhere else!)

Vallisnaria Crystal grass
Vallisnaria grass Crystal RARE RED (available nowhere else!)
Aponogeton crispus

Echinodorus (Ozelot, Oriental, Rose)
Bacopa carolinia
Echinodorus grandifolius (Melon sword) 
Rotala indica

Sagittaria platyphylla (Giant)
Sagittaria subulata (Dwarf)
Cryptocoryne petchii
Cryptocoryne wendtii


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