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Re: [APD] Aquatic-Plants Digest, Vol 38, Issue 5

Yeah, bladderwort.  I got some like that a couple of years ago.  I just kept
picking it out with an old toothbrush at each tank maintenance.  The trick
seemed to be getting the strands out without them breaking into smaller
segments and propagating that way.  Once it's into Java moss or Riccia or
something like that though, the only way I could rid of it was to remove and
replace the whole plant mass.  :-(

-Dave Papas
Austin, TX.

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> Message: 2
> Date: Sat, 07 Oct 2006 22:15:34 -0400
> From: John Seymour <jtseymour at alltel_net>
> Subject: [APD] Kudzu Like Aquarium Plant
> To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com
> I have two tanks which have been taken over by a plant which probably came
> to me in mail order Cabomba. Even after several weeks in the isolation
> tank, this stuff remained so small that I didn't notice it, and it was
> plopped over into my planted tank lurking inside the Cabomba. It is green
> and thread-like with slightly flattened nodules of maybe 1/16" in diameter
> every 1/4" or so. A single nodule (apparently a seed or bud of) breaks off
> and goes floating off, and that is apparently the beginning of the take
> over. The thread-like stem is rather brittle and, therefore, mechanical
> removal just breaks off that many more slightly buoyant pieces which
> easily
> hide in the upper levels of the fine plants.
> There is a blurred image to give you an idea as to what its size is at
> http://home.alltel.net/jtseymour/ . A second image shows what it looked
> like in the isolation tank after it was left alone for nearly two  months
> while I was away.
> There you have it: a tiny water plant that is the counterpart to Kudzu,
> and
> I want to get rid of it. Any suggestions?
> Incidentally, Jerry Smith has a specimen of it to see if he can capture a
> microphotograph to help in identification.
> Many thanks for your thoughts. JohnT
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