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Bad bananas

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Date: Tue, 20 May 1997 19:47:20 -0700
From: DOUGLAS HEROLD <dherold at ctcentral_com>
Reply-To: dherold at ctcentral_com
To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com
Subject: Bad bananas

I have a banana lily (nymphoides aquatica) that is thriving in a
10-gallon tank with DIY C02 and moderate light. The "bananas" are
anchored about 1/4 of their length in the substrate. The problem is
this: Three of the exterior "bananas" appear to be dead or dying -- they
have turned brown and developed a white, frost-like growth around them.
Should I let them be or remove them? I don't want the "rot" to affect
the healthy "bananas," but on the other hand, I know that these tubers
store nutrients for the plant. I don't want to kill the plant or send it
into shock by amputating something it needs. Any advice would be