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Eichornia Crassipes

I sent the following message on the 19th but it doesn't appear to have arrived, so I'll try again:
I keep Eichornia Crassipes (the Water Hyacinth) in my aquaria as a means to remove nitrates ( I keep Apistos and other Dwarf Cichlids). Recently, after 3-4 years of trying, I have had two produce beautiful mauve flowers. I don't know what I did other than put the whole system onto an automatic water changer, but why have they flowered now? 
Any suggestions other than water changing? 



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