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Re: Aponogeton madagascariensus

Aquatic Plants Digest wrote:


I currently have several plants in my tank of that species.  What I do
is keep the leaves algae free and in a colder enviroment.  From my
research there pref's are this:   PH 5.5 - 6.5, 2-3 dCH, 60 - 70 F
(20 - 22 C) abundant fertilization and peat filteration,  Please note
that they observe a dormant period in which they shed all or most all of
there leaves during the colder months.  Also I have found that if you
don't observe the dormant period then they will look raggy.

My tank is 78 now, they seem to be doing ok but not displaying much
leafs but alot of roots.  The root structure is about twice the size of
the bulb itself.  This winter I am anticipitation that the temp will
drop and am hoping that it will flower.

Good luck with your bulbs as I am told they are an extremely hard plant
to care for.


Date: Fri, 11 Sep 1998 16:43:36 GMT

> From: ajreed at home_com (Andrea Reed)
> Subject: Aponogeton madagascariensus
> I am a bit confused about this plant, and am wondering about other
> people's experiences with it. I tried growing it without success a
> number of years ago. Since the plant comes from Madagascar, I would
> have assumed that it needed fairly warm water, but I note that Baensch
> says it needs a maximum temperature of 22 degrees C (72 F). Other
> references have stated that the water temperature should be higher,
> with the temperature around 25/25 C  (78/79 F). Has anyone
> successfully kept this plant, and if so, how did they go about it?
> - -Andrea
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