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[APD] Re: Eichhornia azurea (Gary Lange)

> I am trying to work the palm plant into some sort of aquascape without the
plant actually taking over the tank.  Those of you that have worked with the
plant in the past know that it grows very quickly and a large "thick" one
can easily spead to a width of 16 inches for one shoot.  If you get lazy and
allow it to break the surface of the tank then you find that it turns into a
rather ugly E. crassipes - water hyacinth type of leaf instead of the
beautiful wavy green palm leaf.  From my experiences, even after cutting
these leaves back below the surface, they continue to produce the
undesirable leaves.  I want to try to produce a lot of fairly "thin" fronds
that can be used for aquascaping.  I think several of these with a 6-8 inch
spread could look interesting - at least for a short term setup.  Does
anyone have a suggestion for producing several fronds from one stem?  For
something like Ammannia gracilis if I want a lot of smaller, thinner plants
all I have to do is let the   lower half of a stalk float on the surface for
a few weeks.  I get new plants coming out at each of the nodes.  Trying the
same thing with azurea might get me one plant but usually all I get is a
rotten stem.  While I'm asking how have others used this plant for
aquascaping?  Even in a large tank such as my 2x2x7 footer it's been
difficult trying to get it to fit in.

When pruning, let the lower part planted in the aquarium and on a few days
will grow several (few, may be 2 or 3) lateral plants

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