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Hi, all! Yesterday I bought some Bacopa myriophylloides, even though I
haven't been able to find much useful information on the species. The few
photos I've found on various sites look *very* different from the things I
bought. Mine remind me a little of rosemary, with the slightly succulent,
but short leaves. About a dozen radiate from each node, and the nodes are
about a centimeter apart. I asked the store employee if maybe they were
grown emerged, but she said they would indicate this on their plant/price
list, and there was nothing. What confuses me most is that some of the
nodes have a long shoot with a single bud on the end, which looks like a
miniature rosebud, unopened. I'm wondering what these are. Is this how they
branch out and form new stems?
Does anybody have any experience growing these? Any tips on how best to
care for them? Right now, they are in my 2.5-gallon plant tank with an
8-watt fluorescent strip light and 100% Flourite substrate. I have CO2
bubbling into the AquaClear MINI filter and the temperature stays between
76 and 79F. According to the info I could find, they'll grow to 12" in
height so I'll eventually have to move them or get rid of them (like I did
my H. micranthemoides). I also have Lobelia cardinalis 'small form', E.
tenellus 'broad leaf' (apparently different from E. quadricostatus
'magdalenensis'), and E. parviflorus, all growing beautifully in this tank.
The older leaves of the E. parviflorus and L. cardinalis seem to get
affected by what looks like green spot algae, but the fairly large
population of Malaysian trumpet snails and guppies (mom with 10
one-week-old fry) seem to be enough to keep algae to a minimum.
I guess my main questions are: 1)What's up with the little bud thingies,
and 2)is the plant particularly difficult to care for? Thanks. Or 'tanks.'