> Hello... Could someone give some advice on how to get my LILLAE
> to grow. I have a 55 gal tank DIY CO2, 160 watts of flourescent
> lights. PH 6.5 TO 6.8 MEDIUM HARD WATER. All my other assorted
> plant are growing thickly but my LILLAEOPSIS hasn't done any thi
> but sit there the last 5-months that I've had them. Any help wi
> appreciated. Thank you Mike Bernardoni mikeb at pso_siu.edu
You seem to have adequate light, and you are supplementing CO2.
So it seems it's either a question of trace elements or substrate.
Lillaeopsis likes a fine substrate because of its fine root
system. (I use #1 aquarium gravel) It also does better with
laterite or soil in the substrate. I would hope that with good
lighting and supplemental CO2 you are also supplementing regularly
with a good trace element mix. If not, it's time to start now.
Finally, although you have plenty of light at the surface, make
sure that it is reaching the bottom. A 55G tank is narrow from
back to front, and if you have many plants shading the surface,
you may still not be getting much light down to the bottom.
Aquatic Gardeners Assoc.