growing riccia

Patrice

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hi!
I have bad time with my riccia. I thing it could be my light but I want to see what u think.
i have 2w/gallon and no CO2. all other plants grow well.
at the surface the riccia grow well and fast but when I try to grow it under water, it die in about 3 weak.
Have you tried it in a non-Co2 tank? does it work?
 

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Re: growing riccia

It'll grow, just not like the pics.
Floating it'll do okay(plenmty of CO2).

Does much better with CO2 and makes a good plant for CO2 indication, it'll pearl like mad then.
Light is fine, it's CO2 that's the issue.

It does not grow submersed naturally.

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Patrice

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I realy want to keep that tank with no CO2. there is 1 inch of peat moos in the substrat and I have the feeling that if I add Co2, i'll get algae bloom.

I'll try to add more fish. it's gonna give more CO2 but will probably be less Co2 than a presurise injection. maybe that will do... maybe not.
 

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Well, then you are not going to grow Riccia submersed, no other way.
You are not going to get around that one.
Even the stinking type that's been roasted will not grow without CO2.
It'll slowly die.
Look for other options.

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Patrice

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I'll listen to your opinion. i'll have have my co2 tank ready in about a month so for now, i'll grow it floting.

thx
 

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You can try and watch it keep dying, not much is going to change that without CO2.

That is the one thing that makes it grow submersed.
If you cannot add CO2, then it's not going to make it.

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Re: growing riccia

It isn't likely that adding CO2 will cause algae to start up either. In fact, adding CO2 may inhibit algae starting up. But, as the CO2 causes the plants to grow better, they will use up the ferts in the water faster, and that may end up causing a shortage of nitrate or phosphate. So, you should be fertilizing too if you use CO2.
 

Patrice

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i'am using the non-co2 methode at this time. I find the results great cause it look nice and I do not have to work on the tank to mutch. Some days, I would enjoy to get bag to CO2 with that tank (it's so mutch more impressive) but it's only my substrat that make me hesitate. there is so mutch organic stuff. maybe i worry for nothing.
 

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No, nothing wrong with good non CO2 methods!
Stick with it.
They are nice and much less work.
Riccia in a CO2 enriched tank is the definition of work. :mad:

You might try and small 5-10 gal range tank with DIY CO2 etc and have some in there :D

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Patrice

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:) just a little story to tell how easy care can be a non-Co2 tank:
I went for vacation down south for 3 weaks in august. no one took care of my tanks except for feeding the fish. when I came back, everything was perfect: no algae, plants in good helth, everything was perfect.
 

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I try to expound the virtures of the non CO2 tank, many report the same things and you can scape them fairly well also.

the arguments for them is very strong by constrast to other methods.

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