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Re: [APD] Madagascar Lace

> I believe Harry Martin wrote this email section below:
> > Stuart,
> > 
> > I continue to be amazed by this advice. I've had this plant for over 10 
> > years and not once have I removed it from the tank nor cut the bloom.
> > 
> > Yes, it has gone dormant where the leaves seem to stop growing, but it 
> > perks right back to life and continues to thrive despite all the 
> > recommendations. A few months ago, it produced two blooms. It's doing 
> > quite well in high pH (>7 well water), water temperature 70F - 78F
> > 
> > I attribute the plant's success to frequent water changes and seasonal 
> > temperature changes, meaning I don't closely regulate the water 
> > temperature to keep it constant during the winter months.
> > 
> > I can only wonder...maybe I am successful because I don't remove it from 
> > the tank.
> Hi Harry,
> More likely due to the WC and seasonal temperature changes. :-)
> Keep it up! You may have discovered the secret to keeping it.
> Can I use some of your images for the Lace plant profile on The Aquarium 
> Wiki Encyclopaedia site?
> Or if you like you can add them yourself?
> http://www.theaquariumwiki.com/Aponogeton_madagascariensis
> -- 
> Stuart Halliday
> http://mytriops.com/
> 200 Million years in the making...

And I am wondering why we still see the advice to grow some plants in soft water, when they seem to do so well in hard water.  I had a ML plant in a 55 in Albuquerque, a tank with UG filter and 2-3" gravel, very hard water, and no water changes, just topping off.  It flowered out the top.  I never cleaned that tank, mostly out of laziness, and it did just fine over about 9 months there.  I worked out of town, and only came by every month or so.  A buddy would stop by every once in a while and feed the fish a little, but that's about it.

And reading the Walstad book now, it recommends ignoring the advice that plants need soft water (although one thing she does which I find extremely irritating is to call it softwater as a noun vs an adjective.  I see this for other words also, such as backyard vs back yard...).  Just because the plant cannot compete well in hard water in nature does not mean that softwater plants won't flourish in the aquarium with hard water.

Nick A

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