Re: (Q) Madagascar Laceleaf (Aponogeton fenestralis)

>From: "Wilson, Jon         I-NET ----" <jwilson at b856s3_ssc.af.mil>
>Date: Wed, 03 Jan 96 09:30:00 PST
>Subject: Re: (Q) Madagascar Laceleaf (Aponogeton fenestralis)
>> From: Stephen.Pushak at saudan_HAC.COM
>> The plant has a strong seasonal dormancy which means that you would need
>> to take steps that might be incompatible with keeping tropical fish in
>> the same aquarium long term. This cycle appears to be strongly regulated
>> by temperature. An ideal growing temperature is probably about 72 degrees
>> with a dormant cycle temperature of 50-60 degrees. You could expect
>> ich problems with most tropicals in the low 70s I think. Goldfish might
>> be ok in temps of 50-60 but I have no experience to support that.
>> The plant will grow at higher temperatures but less successfully. 75
>> might be an ok compromise.

>Yes, they are compatible with goldfish and 75 degrees is okay.
>They actually do ok up to 80.

I have one that during the summer tolerated temperatures in the high 80's 
and continued to put out new leaves.  This winter the tank temperatures have 
generally been in the mid to high 70's and the plant continues to grow.  I 
have noticed that the most recent leaves are larger in size.  This may be 
due to the lower temperatures or simply the fact that the plant is "more 
established" now then it was in the summer when it was originally purchased. 
It also was a relatively small bulb when purchased.

>All in all, very interesting plants, but a major pain in the butt.

Come on Jon, nothing like a challenge to stimulate the mind.

Bob Hoffman
Huntington Beach, CA