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Re: Huge Nuphar Japonica free for donation to Defense Fund
- To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
- Subject: Re: Huge Nuphar Japonica free for donation to Defense Fund
- From: Dave Millman <dave at tactics_com>
- Date: Fri, 02 May 2003 16:10:34 -0700
- Cc: erik at thekrib_com, piabinha at yahoo_com
- In-reply-to: <200305021042.h42AgNbn015419@otter.actwin.com>
At 03:42 AM 5/2/2003, Eric Olson wrote:
> I just removed an enormous Nuphar Japonica from my tank.
Please Dave, tell us how you were able to keep this plant alive and
thriving! Every time I have tried Nuphar, it has suffered from the
dreaded rotting-cutting problem and slowly disintegrated. The only person
I knew who had success had grown them from seed. This is going on eight
years ago, and much has changed in terms of fertilizer and lighting, so I
am very interested in hearing of positive experiences growing it.
I got the plant last November from Robert at Aquabotanic. It had 6 large
leaves, each about 4-5 inches long on 8-10 inch stems, plus another four 2
inch leaves just sprouted off the rhizome.
The large leaves didn't make it, they just rotted away like crypt rot after
a week. The smaller leaves all survived, and more started sprouting after
two weeks. The plant has grown steadily since then.
Weird observation: the plant moved visibly forward through the gravel. It
migrated five inches forward since I've had it. This turned out to be
because of the orientation of the rhizome under the gravel, and the fact
that there were established plants with root systems behind it but not in
front of it. This did NOT help-the plant is MUCH too big now, and MUCH too
My tank parameters from November-March:
GH2, KH2 (GH is now 3)
220 Watts AHS lighting & reflectors, 12 hours/day
100% Flourite substrate with lots of mulm
Full fert regimen (traces-iron-nitrates)
No added substrate ferts except on swords (not near this plant)
80-81 degrees F
What else? I wasn't sure whether to bury the rhizome or not, so I flipped a
coin and buried it. But it's a thick rhizome, and with all the roots, there
was probably only a half-inch of Flourite over the top, and Flourite isn't
The root system grew HUGE. Pulling it out disrupted more than half the
tank. Again, Flourite isn't very dense, so the disruption was pretty bad.
Now doesn't anyone want this thing? It's a gorgeous light green, that looks
really good against red plants.