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Plant ID - help!

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by Daniel Morris, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. Daniel Morris

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    Hey all, I've been trying to ID this plant for a while and I just can't be sure....

    Take a look at the image. I'm specifically interested in the plant that appears between the two large rocks and creates a little path winding to the right and down the slope.

    The image is of a beautiful tank layout which I first saw in the Aquatic-gardeners publication in 2007(?). I believe the architect of this layout was Hiroyuki Yamabe from Japan.

    Any help would be much appreciated!
     
  2. JDowns

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    Blyxa Japonica
     
  3. Daniel Morris

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    Thanks! Now i just need to track some down :)
     
  4. Biollante

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    I think Blyxa Japonica is pretty generally availible, here for instance Blyxa japonica

    Biollante
     
  5. Daniel Morris

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    Fantastic - thank you for that link Boillante. I actually did a search on aquabotanic for 'japonica' and didn't get anything - i suppose the search function is malfunctioning!

    I am planning on beginning a dry start as Tom has discussed here. I anticipated growing HC and some Blyxa japonica, but then i read on the APC that it cannot be grown emersed. See here. I would also note that tropica rated it as a very demanding plant (see here).

    Any thoughts or experience with respect to this?
     
  6. Tom Barr

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    No nee dot grow Blyxa emersed, just wait till after the tank is filled woith water, then plant.

    It's a weed.
    Check The Planted Tank, folks often give it away.


    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
  7. JDowns

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    IME its always been a weed and very easy to grow. It also does real well in my non CO2 tank. Let me know when your filled and I'll probably have some that I can send, I usually just toss it in compost. I typically yank, thin out, and replant once a month, or it becomes to bushy.
     
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    I think the expensive aquarium guy made this Blyxa Japonica popular, it is everywhere.

    I think you are correct, I have not seen it (which doesn’t mean much, I am potted most of the time) grown emerged. It likes a rich substrate, dose heavy, likes light, and grows well, though a weed, it really is easier to control then many.

    Biollante
     
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