The following represents the initial planting for the SST. In some
cases, there is some confusion of what plants we actually have. Our
best guess or common name is shown in parenthesis.
We have not arranged the plants in any manner yet - we are waiting to
see how well they respond to our conditions before settling on a formal
arrangement. Right now they are clumped with taller ones in the back
and shorter plants in front.
- 1 large Anubias kumbaensis
- 1 large A. barcon
- 1 large A coffeeafolia
- 1 medium A. afzelli
- 1 large A. afzelli
- 5 small A. nana (plain and variegated)
- 3 large Echinodorus cordifolius
- 1 small E. cordifolius
- 1 large E. rosaefolius (horemani or var osiris ?)
- 2 medium "red melon swords"
- 12 small E. tenellus ("Pygmy Chain swords")
- 2 Nymphaea lotus (Red Tiger Lotus)
( number of stems of bunch plants )
The following are notes about each plant - the source, condition at the
initial planting and condition after one week. All the plants came
from The Plant Guy in Indianapolis, IN, except as noted. This is
our first experience with him and I'm afraid I can't recommend him
to the net. He has professional looking plant lists with references
and he talks a good story, but the end result has not been up to our
- 16 Alternanthera sessilis
- 4 Armoracia aquatica
- 9 Bacopa caroliniana
- 6 B. monnieri
- 30 Didiplis diandra
- 20 Heteranthera zosterifolia
- 3 Hydrocotyle leucocephala
- 8 Hygrophila sp. ("Sunset Hygro")
- 12 Ludwigia sp. ("green ludwigia")
- 12 L. repens
- 8 Nomaphila siamensis
- 6 N. salicifolia (shipped as N. stricta)
- 6 Rotala sp. ("Magenta Rotala")
- 10 R. macranda
- 12 ("foxtail")
The larger plants arrived bent and folded from shipment but were in
fair condition. As with most Anubias, dramatic growth has not been
one of the distinguishing features, but the larger plants are
straightening up and getting their leaves oriented in a somewhat
natural looking posture.
All but the 3 large E. cordifolius came from the plant guy and also
arrived bent and folded, but in fair condition. The large cordifolius
were found in a Denver fish shop and are gorgeous (not bad for "3 for
$10" :-). The red melon swords and rosaefolius are deep blood red in
color. These are the reddest swords we have ever seen. We hope they
maintain this color.
The E. tenellus was in pathetic condition (we call it "pygmy chain
stumps"). It was mostly melted down when it arrived and has just
recently shown some form of life with some runners and new leaves
forming. We suspect that the plant shipment got very cold at some
point and the smaller plants suffered greatly. We had paid an extra
$5 for a styrofoam box but did not receieve it. The plants came in
newspaper and plastic bags.
We received 1 "micro bulb" and 1 root with a few leaves attached. No
sign of activity yet.
Like the tenellus, the A. sessilis apparently froze in shipment. The
stems were translucent and mushy ("A. sessilis var gelatinous"). We
thought we noticed some new leaves growing, but it's hard to tell.
Hopefully, there is enough DNA left to get some starter plants. We
have seen this in local stores as "dragon flame" or "scarlet hygro"
and have had no luck in the past with it.
This arrived in fair condition, but has shown no activity. It looks
like a small head of romaine lettuce (not at all like the picture
in the Barry James book). We figure it is in its emmersed form and
may change if it grows.
The caroliniana came from our Rainbow tank. We had intended to not
use any of our own plants to avoid transferring any "starter" algae
from the other tanks. When we saw how pathetic the new plants looked,
we broke down and just had to get some healthy specimens in the tank.
The monnieri arrived as mostly stems with a few small leaves attached
("Bacopa monnieri var mostlystemi"). It was so hard to tell what they
were susposed to look like, we accidently planted half the stems
up-side down! They are showing some growth at this point and should
be nice detail plants.
This arrived as mostly brown leaves and stems. It is responding well
to the tank conditions and has about 2" of new, green growth. We will
probably try this in our other tanks as well, once it gets healthy.
The Rainbows should find this a good spawning medium.
This arrived much like the D. diandra. It too is responding well and
has put on 1" of bright green leaves.
This arrived in fairly good condition and is growing well. We
currently have a variety of this in our other tanks that grows like
crazy. The old variety grows on long vertical runners with 1" round
leaves on short stems and might be cardamine. This grows on shorter,
stockier vertical runners and has 1" leaves on long stems (up to 6" so
far). A very interesting plant.
We have seen this in local stores and has H. polysperma type leaves
with a pink and white variegated pattern. When it arrived, it had mostly
dead leaves but has grown very well and is now looking very healthy.
I'm not sure if we really like the looks of the plant - we might move
it to the 55 gallon tank to see how it does.
The L. repens came from our AOA and is doing fine. The "green ludwigia"
came from a local store and appears to be just a smaller leafed version
of the repens. We wouldn't be surprised if it turns out to actually
be L. repens.
The N. siamensis looks like "temple plant" but the leaves are more
oval than tapered. It appears to have been grown emmersed and has
grown 2 or 3 new leaves on each stem. The new leaves are the same as
the old, just brighter green.
What came in as N. stricta appears to be N. salicifolia ("Willow Leaf
Hygro") according to Vinny's description. We have had this before and
it didn't do much (didn't grow or die, just collected some small tufts
of red algae). It has grown some roots, so we'll see what happens.
The "Magenta Rotala" was worse off than the A. sessilis and has pretty
much disintegrated. Most of it has been scarfed up by the skimmer,
but the tops of two stems show some new growth. The macranda came
from the Rainbow tank and is doing very well.
This came from a local store and was a brownish variety when we planted
it. New growth has a more greenish tinge to it and it has grown about
2" since planting.
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