Plant ID - help!

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!
 

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?
 

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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
 

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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