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Elatine triandra, Madagascar lace plant and Copper testing.

1) Re Elatine triandra:

The following was posted a couple of months ago:

Lee Boon Chuan" <lee.bc at ellipsiz_com>
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 12:32:21 +0800
Thread-index: AcKQTglrpE7V4vxjEda6dgCw0C3HFQ==
Thread-topic: RE: Carpet Plants for Medium Light Tanks


"Do you have any pictures of it in your tank? It sounds very
beautiful. How tall
does it get in your tank?"


I do not have any pictures of my tank.  Another Singapore,
Jacian, has won 1st price
in the 2001 AGA contest with elatine as a foreground carpet.


There is a close up picture in a Singapore based forum.

The Elatine will hug the ground if it is able to receive
direct light (about 2W/gal
in my tank) and is not obstructed.  If the plant runs into
an obstacle such as the
tank wall, it will start growing upwards.  The carpet can
growth pretty thick up to
1" or more.  I have also deliberately tried planting it such
that it grows upward and
it reach a height of almost 6".

There were some shortcomings I discovered on this plant
though.  It does not respond
well to frequent or servere trimming.  It tends to melt
away.  It also form a carpet
so thick that the lower leaves get smothered by not
receiving enough light.

BC (Singapore)

2) Re: Aponogeton madagascariensis

The last issue of the Aquatic Gardener, vol 15 no3 contains
an excellent article about the plant and its cultivation by
Mike Hellweg, and it's to be continued in the next issue.

I strongly recommend to everybody who enjoys this digest to
join the Aquatic Gardeners Association.

3) Re: Copper testing.

I found that the kit by Interpret Ltd to give good results.
It's based in the UK.



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