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Odds & Ends

Postby jc532 » Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:35 pm

Ludwigia senegalensis
My favorite stem plant of all time. Just look at that beauty! On the downside, it's a very very very touchy SOB. A Western/Central African ludwigia that can also be found as Ludwigia sp. 'Guinea', it needs high light (that clump was grown under a Finnex Planted+ 24/7 with a 2" air gap and ~10" to substrate), decent flow, CO2, and lots of micros to maintain that color. (Sidenote: I call bull on those photos on Google. Someone was playing saturation games with their photos. True coloration is a maroon red on the leaf margins and lime green on the midrib.)

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* I made the mistake of selling off all my L. senegalensis a couple years back. Trying to get some again...
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Postby jc532 » Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:44 pm

Ludwigia 'White'
Another Asian cultivar, I have no clue where this one came from or who developed it, but it broke into the US market 2-3 years ago. Structurally, it looks superficially like the Central/South American ludwigia but grows like a weed and branches easily/gets very bushy. It's not actually an albino but rather if you look at the emersed leaves, it shows marginal variegation on lanceolate leaves. Once it adapts to submersed growth, the leaves slim down with pink-ish new leaves that pale to white then light green as they age. Very easy to convert, just float the stems and it will branch like crazy, and it DOES NOT require CO2. Brighter lights help to maintain the pink/white color.

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* Ended up selling all of this off as well but definitely an eye-catching and easy plant to keep.
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Postby jc532 » Sat Oct 07, 2017 3:33 pm

Nymphaea 'Santarem'
First, a photo can't capture the true color of this plant. It has some sort of reflective cells on the leaves that cause a green>gold>pink color shift. Second, this is a true dwarf lily. No trimming or training required and no dormancy period either. It has a max height of 4"-6" depending on light and only bolts for the surface after it gets very bushy. Collected in the Pantanal region of South America, this one specifically near Santarem, and introduced in the US by Erik Olson in 2015. It doesn't have a bulb like most lilies, rather it propagates via runners. Easy and fast grower, throws runners like crazy once it's established. Cavan was able to get a flower to a specialist for a tentative ID as Nymphaea gardneriana (more info on the APC forums).

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...poke ...poke ...poke

* 1 was sold at CAFE Auction 2016 and 1 was given to Rivers to Reefs in summer 2017.
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Postby paul » Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:33 pm

Nice pictures (All of your threads), thanks for posting :)
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Postby jc532 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:20 pm

No prob, Paul. Happy to share! There's so many interesting aquarium plants out there, and it seems we just keep seeing the same 6-8 plants in stores over and over... (Barring R2R of course!)

Here's a new oddball that I got from a friend: Limnophila rugosa
A slower growing stem plant (by which I mean, you can run CO2 and not worry about trimming it every other day) with very interesting textured leaves. It has a very nice light green color when not grown in an outdoor NPT bin. Seems very hardy as far as water parameters and temperature go although I'd probably do high light and CO2 once I move these indoors. Branches readily and forms aerial roots. Can't really say much more until I get some more height on these shoots...

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Postby jc532 » Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:48 pm

Alternanthera Reineckii 'Variegated'
I wish I had a nice pic of these; you can sort of see one in my old photo next to the L. senegalensis. In any case, I finally was able to source AR 'Variegated' (and L. senegalensis) after I was a doofus and sold both off years ago. These guys are still rough from shipping, but the pattern is there. Care is typical AR (read: pretty easy plant); once it sets down roots though, it really doesn't like being moved. Forms side shoots readily, awesome magenta color with pale veins.

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Postby jc532 » Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:57 pm

Syngonanthus 'Giant'
These are a new one for me, and I'm probably going to kill them rapidly and with extreme prejudice. (They look utterly ridiculous for a plant; I have to say the puffballs are growing on me.) No hands on experience, but Google says bright light, soft water, and supposedly one of the easiest syngonanthus to keep... I'm doomed; these plants are doomed; I'm so sorry for the pending massacre. In any case, they're in with the soft water crypts; we'll see what happens. They were a freebie added on to my original order so I guess I shouldn't feel too bad.

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