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Re: bladderwort

> Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2001 18:22:39 -0500
> From: "Bonnie Bouwer" <bjbouwer at triver_com>
> Subject: bladderwort
> Anyone here have experience with bladderwort?   I discovered this while
> checking out my tank with a magnifying glass.  It looks like fun . .. but
> will a home aquarium have the microscopic insects to feed it?

Most bladderworts will grow quite fine if treated like a plant. They do not
NEED live food to flourish in our tanks. They  do quite well without and
still develop large bladders. This method of cultivation is much easier than
the live food method. Most grow very rapidly in a well run tank. U. gibba is
a pest almost as bothersome as an alga. U stellaris can grow at incredible
rates(several inches per day). All are flowering angiosperms and like high
light/CO2 etc. The bladders are an adaptation for when the plant nutrients
run low. They will grow better if given "plant food" rather than "animal
Tom Barr