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Re: Java Fern & Bolbitis

Tom was asking about growing conditions for the Bolbitis fern:

I picked up a 5" piece two years ago at my LFS. It had two stems 
and about a dozen leaves. It has never been sold there, so I think it 
hijacked it's way in. It took it a while to get going, but since then, 
all I can say is WOW! I bet I've harvested, no kidding, 2-five gallon 
buckets full in the past year. I've given it away, traded some, and 
kept most of my tanks fully stocked with that one piece. It grows 
good in my rift tanks (no CO2, high dH, high dK, high pH), froggie 
vivarium (no CO2, high NO3, soft, acidic), and SUPER in my 
planted tank(much CO2). Parameters (just measured them all 

dH=3.3, dK=5.0, pH=6.85, NO3=1.5ppm(add 5ppm every week), 
NO2=0,PO4=0(add 0.05ppm every week), PMDD, 76F,CO2=21ppm

It seems to grow 2-3 times faster than it's friend the Java fern, and 
is constantly growing to the surface and out the top. So, Tom, 
good luck, either in getting it to grow or trying to keep it trimmed 

Jamie    <"\\\><