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PostPosted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 10:37 pm Post subject: Re: Memories...walking the hobby with the help of IAH Reply with quote

 Nov,Dec-2006
 
 The  winter  had  set  in  and  Madan  had  left  for  the  Sea.  As  instructed  by  my  seniors  on  ASK/IAH,  We  the  newbies  did  not  venture  into  any  new  fish  purchases.  
 
 But  Aquatic  plants,  that  was  another  matter  all-together.  As  per  the  wisdom  it  goes  something  like  this,
 
 Fishes  in  March,April,May,  June.......Breeding  in  July,Aug,Sept,Oct........Plants  in  Nov,Dec,Jan,Feb.
 
 So  plants  it  was  and  the  stock  taking  took  place.  Please  realise  that  all  the  plants  were  not  obtained  in  the  months  mentioned  but  as  a  Aquatic  farmer  sourced  for  the  past  two  years  2004-Dec  to  2006-Dec.
 
 
 "A"
 
 Ammannia  Gracilis
 Country-  Southern  Africa
 Substrate-  Gravel  with  red  soil  additive
 Macros  and  Micros-yes
 CO2-Yes
 Tank-#4
 Sourced-Jayaseelan  from  Pondicherry.
 Remarks-  trimming  every  two  weeks  with  the  top  portion  planted  again.  The  bottom  portion  with  roots  will  grow  a  thin  off-shoot  which  can  be  planted  again  and  grown  into  a  full  stem.
 Time  line-  I  had  it  for  about  2  years.
 
 
 
 Tomorrow  and  day  after  tomorrow  is  chitchat  day.  Please  free  to  post...
 
 Regards,
 Nayak.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 10:58 am Post subject: Re: Memories...walking the hobby with the help of IAH Reply with quote

                                                   
unninga  wrote  (View  Post):                
STAT  ATTACK
 
 This  delightful  thread  has  become  the  second  most  active  thread  on  IAH  with  272  replies.  {Second  only  to  the  self  introduction  thread}
               

 Thanks  Unni,  But  I  hope  it  is  also  useful.
 
 
                                                 
ilango_slk  wrote  (View  Post):                
Thanks  Nayak  for  the  info...  
 If  IAH  team  plans  to  visit  Sri  Lanka  again,  give  me  a  buzz  and  I  will  be  glad  to  take  them  around                  

 Madan  was  planning  a  trip  to  Srilanka.  let  him  come  back.
 
 
                                                 
Ranjitpai  wrote  (View  Post):                
truly  amazing  ..  This  is  not  only  a  entertaining  post  but  also  has  lots  of  do  and  donts  ,  and  lots  of  knowledge  
 
 reminds  of  the  munna  Bhai  movie  with  Gandhiji  in  it  ...  Entertaining  with  a  great  message..  
 
 Nayak  -  Carry  on  ....  we  are  all  waiting  for  the  next  one  
 
 if  trevor  posts  pics  of  your  kids  drawings  i  might  just  faint                

 Thanks,Ranjit.
 
 
                                                 
retro_gk  wrote  (View  Post):                
What  became  of  the  Fundulopanchax  and  Aphyosemion?                

 The  Juvenile's,I  gave  to  trevor  to  grow  up.  The  parents  elberti  died  during  my  house  shifting  by  jumping  out  and  gardeneri  by  dropsy.
 
 
                                                 
oscar-lover  wrote  (View  Post):                
Nayak,  completely  out  of  curiosity....i  have  heard  that  you  specialize  in  Killies...have  you  ever  kept  any  large  cichlids.....can  you  post  some  pics.....OR  is  it  part  of  the  continuing  story  yet  to  come....                

 yes,Ravindran.  As  I  have  posted  earlier  I  had  kept  Green  terror,Jewels  and  Texas.
 
 
                                                 
sundar  wrote  (View  Post):                
Hi
 
 Nayak
 
 I  have  become  your  Rasika  
 
 Only  a  very  few  people  make  others  feel  happy  when  they  meet  first  time,  you  are  one  among  them,  rather,  I  should  mention  that  you  are  Special.
 
 During  Aquatica  2008,  our  beloved  Trevor,  was  mentioning  about  you  as  a  Great  Aquarist  in  the  making,  we  all  at  IAH  should  add  that  you  are  a  Fantastic  writer  too.   
 
 Regards
 Sundar                

 Thank  you  Sir.
 
 
                                                 
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 Nayak  and  myself  prefer  to  go  with  the  Europeans.  Thumb Up                

 
 Did  the  good  professor  from  Indore  hijack  Trevor's  account??     
 
 Fundulopanchax  and  Aphyosemion  are  valid  genera  irrespective  of  the  nationality  of  the  aquarist.  
 
 I  was  just  wondering  what  happened  to  the  fish/fry  Nayak's  been  talking  about  Confused                

 Rahul,Correct  me  if  I  am  wrong.  But  I  had  the  impression  that  Fundulopanchax  and  Aphyosemion  were  the  same.
 In  Europe  they  called  Aphyosemion  and  across  the  Atlantic  they  called  Fundulopanchax.
 In  fact  I  remember  reading  a  Killie  site  from  America  where  an  author  mentions  that  he  doesn't  dare  mention  the  name  Fundulopanchax  to  his  European  friends.
 
 
                                                 
hayath_dyno  wrote  (View  Post):                
Nayak,
    Buds  hats  off  mate,  been  following  the  thread  for  quite  while  and  has  been  am  enjoyable  read.  I  can  see  and  feel  the  "progression"  of  the  hobbyist.
 The  daily  change(s)  it  has  brought  to  the  everyday  living,  the  involvement  of  the  kids,  the  different  point-of-views  of  the  hobby...captivating  stuff  
 
 Your  writing  style  is  free  and  easy  on  the  reader.  The  pics  are  just  the  cherry  on  the  icing(writing)  on  the  cake(the  experience)  
 
 Keep  going,  and  to  think  of  it  you  are  still  in  2006,  and  that's  a  full  2  years  more  of  excitement  to  cover!
 
 Cheers,                

 Thanks  Hayath.  Unfortunately  I  did  not  have  the  benefit  of  your  excellent  Photography  article.  I  had  a  good  camera  but  insufficient  skills.  My  method  was  to  set  ISO  high  and  shoot  when  there  was  insufficient  light.  See  the  grains  in  my  pictures?
 
 
                                                 
justshan21  wrote  (View  Post):                
Wow  Nayak  this  has  been  one  interesting  thread  and  an  even  more  incredible  journey  through  time  Smile  I'd  refrained  from  commenting  as  i  was  too  engrossed  in  your  words,  but  couldn't  hold  up  for  too  long  i  guess.  Keep  it  up.                  

 Thanks,Shannon.  By  the  way  I  like  your  signature  Thumb Up  
 
 
                                                 
matsya  wrote  (View  Post):                
Hi   Nayak
 
 Thoroughly  enjoying  your  narrative     
 
 This  narrative  is  great  not   only  because  is  it  informative  for  newbie  like  me  but  more  importantly  because  it  is  bringing  to  life  all  the  IAH  friends  whom,   till  now,   I  have  only  know  as  'avatars'.  
 It's  as  if  the  sketch   was  there  and  you  are  filling  the  colours  in  it.
 
 I  would  also  like  to  thank  Trevor  and  others  who  are  giving  their  inputs  with  their  allied  narratives  and  photos.
 
 I  am  getting  lot  of  "Rasa"  from  the  narrative;  you  are  truly  justifying  your  first  name.                

 Thanks,  Kartikeya.
 
 Regards,
 Nayak.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 3:21 pm Post subject: Re: Memories...walking the hobby with the help of IAH Reply with quote

                                                   
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 Rahul,Correct  me  if  I  am  wrong.  But  I  had  the  impression  that  Fundulopanchax  and  Aphyosemion  were  the  same.
 In  Europe  they  called  Aphyosemion  and  across  the  Atlantic  they  called  Fundulopanchax.
 In  fact  I  remember  reading  a  Killie  site  from  America  where  an  author  mentions  that  he  doesn't  dare  mention  the  name  Fundulopanchax  to  his  European  friends.
                 

 
 Nope,  they  are  separate  genera.  And  both  names  are  used  on  both  sides  of  the  Atlantic.  Their  generic  status  has  been  established  for  close  to  10  years  now.
 
 Aphyosemion  has  been  further  sub-divided  into  Chromaphyosemion  (the  bivittatum  group),  Scriptaphyosemion  (these  two  genera  are  considered  by  some  to  be  sub-genera  of  Aphyosemion),  Episemion  and  Diapteron.
 
 Edit:  And  I  forgot  Callopanchax  (which  used  to  be  Roloffia  for  a  while)  and  Archiaphiosemion.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 5:57 pm Post subject: Re: Memories...walking the hobby with the help of IAH Reply with quote

 Hi  Nayak,
 Looks  like  you  are  a  fish  jumping  and  dropsy  specialist  Very Happy  ,I  must  have  killed  many  more  fishes  than  what  you  have  done,its  a  part  of  learning  process  Thumb Up  
 This  thred  is  really  going  great  and  wish  it  reaches  100  pages  Thumb Up  
 
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 9:43 am Post subject: Re: Memories...walking the hobby with the help of IAH Reply with quote

 Continued  Nov,Dec-2006
 
 The  stock  taking  of  the  plants.....
 
    "A,B,C"  
 
 Anubias  barteri  var.nana  
 Country-  Cameroon  
 Substrate-  Tied  to  Laterite  brick  piece,  Driftwood  
 Macros  and  Micros-yes  
 CO2-Yes  
 Tank-#3,4  and  6  
 Sourced-Given  to  me  by  Trevor  and  Adip.  
 Remarks-  Initially  for  three  months  no  activity.  After  three  months  1  leaf  per  month.  At  its  highest  speed  I  had  four  leaves  per  month.  Prone  to  BBA  on  dormant  leaves.  
 Time  line-  I  still  have  it.   From  Nov-2005  to  Nov-2008
 
 Anubias  heterophylla  'Lancelota'  
 Country-  West  Africa  
 Substrate-  Tied  to  a  piece  of  Laterite  brick.  
 Macros  and  Micros-No  
 CO2-No  
 Tank-#5  
 Sourced-Sourced  from  Steve  of  abundant  Aquarium.  
 Remarks-  Slowest  grower.  Till  today  I  have  had  max  10-12  leaves.  Hardy.  Will  and  has  survived  all  types  of  Algae.
 Time  line-  I  still  have  it.  From  Nov-2005  to  Nov-2008
 
 Aponogeton  ulvaceus
 Country-Madagascar
 Substrate-Gravel  with  red  soil  additive.  
 Macros  and  Micros-yes  
 CO2-Yes  
 Tank-#4  
 Sourced-Sourced  from  Adip.  
 Remarks-  A  beautiful  plant.  The  tuber  should  not  be  buried  in  the  substrate.  Will  grow  beautiful  during  Rainy  and  Winter  season.  Leaves  will  rot  during  Summer.  In  the  end  it  the  Tuber  simply  rotted  away.  Possibly  because  I  did  not  give  it  the  required  dormant  period?
 Time  line-  Around  1.5  years.  From  June-2005  to  Feb-2007
 
 Aponogeton  crispus
 Country-India
 Substrate-Gravel  with  red  soil  additive.  
 Macros  and  Micros-yes  
 CO2-Yes  
 Tank-#4  
 Sourced-Sourced  from  LFS.  
 Remarks-  A  beautiful  plant.  The  tuber  should  not  be  buried  in  the  substrate.  
 Time  line-  Around  2  years.  From  Dec-2005  to  Dec-2007.
 
 Bacopa  caroliniana
 Country-USA
 Substrate-Gravel  with  red  soil  additive.  
 Macros  and  Micros-yes  
 CO2-Yes  
 Tank-#1  and  #4  
 Sourced-Sourced  from  LFS.  
 Remarks-  Trimming  ever  2  weeks  and  planting  the  top.  The  bottom  part  will  grow  a  thin  stem  and  then  rot.  If  the  thin  stem  is  planted  it  will  grow  into  a  healthy  plant.
 Time  line-  Intermittent.  Since  it  is  readily  available  in  LFS  I  got  it  now  and  then.
 
 Cardamine  lyrata
 Country-Southern  Japan
 Substrate-Only  Gravel.  
 Macros  and  Micros-No  
 CO2-No  
 Tank-#6  
 Sourced-Sourced  from  LFS.  
 Remarks-  For  a  stem  plant  it  grows  slow  and  steady.  Trimming  ever  4  weeks  and  planting  the  top.  The  bottom  part  will  grow  a  new  branch.   Funny  part  is,the  stem  is  hard  that  you  might  consider  it  a  terrestrial  plant.  Not  at  all  like  a  Aquatic  plant
 Time  line-  Intermittent.  Since  it  is  readily  available  in  LFS  I  got  it  now  and  then.
 
 Cabomba  caroliniana
 Country-Central  America.
 Substrate-  Gravel  with  red  soil  additive.  
 Macros  and  Micros-Yes
 Co2-Yes
 Tank-   Almost  all  my  tanks  initially.
 Sourced-  Sourced  from  LFS
 Remarks-  One  of  my  favourite  plants  which  I  had  from  my  Mangalore  days.  The  first  time  I  got  it  from  was  Harvey  at  0.50Rs  a  stem.  A  real  PITA  when  it  comes  to  clogging  the  filter.  Later  I  changed  to  Ambulia  which  gave  me  better  results.
 Time  line-  Intermittent.  Since  it  is  readily  available  in  LFS  I  got  it  now  and  then
 
 Ceratophyllum  demersum(Foxtail)
 Country-Cosmopolitan
 Substrate-  Floating  plant.  
 Macros  and  Micros-No
 Co2-No
 Tank-  Breeding  tanks,  Tanks  without  substrate  and  to  leach  out  nutrients  in  my  new  tanks  to  prevent  Algae.
 Sourced-  Sourced  from  ASK.
 Remarks-  One  of  my  favourite  plants  which  I  tried  to  get  from  my  Mangalore  days.  The  first  time  I  saw  it  from  was  at  Harvey  where  he  used  it  as  a  spawning  medium.  You  enter  his  house  crossing  the  yelping  Pomeranian  and  his  Breeding  tanks  with  Betta  splendens  and  other  Anabantids  would  have  it  on  your  right  side.
 Time  line-  I  still  have  it  today.  From  May-2006  to  Nov-2008.
 Using  Foxtail  for  excess  nutrient  absorbing  in  a  newly  set  tank.  Excellent  when  you  cannot  have  enough  plants  to  cover  the  full  substrate  and  have  to  stagger  planting  as  and  when  you  get  the  plants.
 
 
 Ceratopteris  thalictroides(  Indian  fern)
 Country-India
 Substrate-  Gravel  with  red  soil  additive.  
 Macros  and  Micros-Yes
 Co2-Yes
 Tank-  #2
 Sourced-  Collected  during  our  Kumta  trip  at  Jog  falls.
 Remarks-  One  of  my  favourite  ferns  had  from  my  Mangalore  days.  The  plant  which  we  collected  grew  beautifully  and  almost  took  over  my  Angel  tank  #3.  I  pruned  it  massively  to  control  it  and  after  one  month  I  had  no  Ceratopteris  thalictroides.  On  asking  Adip  he  kidded  me  saying  only  a  barber  can  prune  an  Indian  fern.
 Time  line-  From  April-2006  to  Sep-2006.
 
 Crinum  calamistratum
 Country-Cameroon
 Substrate-  Gravel  with  red  soil  additive.  
 Macros  and  Micros-Yes
 Co2-Yes
 Tank-  #2  and  #5
 Sourced-  Sourced  from  Adip.
 Remarks-  A  beautiful  and  hardy  plant.  Slow  grower.  My  experience  no  fish  eats  it.
 Time  line-  From  Feb-2006  to  Dec-2007.
 
 Crinum  thianum
 Country-India
 Substrate-  Gravel  with  red  soil  additive.  
 Macros  and  Micros-Yes
 Co2-Yes
 Tank-  #4
 Sourced-  Sourced  from  Steve  of  Abundant  aquarium.
 Remarks-  I  had  heard  about  this  plant  from  Mr  Raj.  I  had  inserted  the  tuber  2/3  into  the  substrate  as  he  had  suggested.  But  even  my  4  footer  was  small  for  this  plant.
 Time  line-  From  April-2005  to  Feb-2006.
 
 Crptocoryne  parva
 Cryptocoryne  petchii
 Cryptocoryne  becketii
 Cryptocoryne  cordata
 Cryptocoryne  wendtii  ‘Brown’
 Cryptocoryne  Wendtii  ‘Green’
 Cryptocoryne  crispulata
 Country-Srilanka/India.  Cordata  is  found  from  Thailand  all  the  way  to  Malaysia.  
 Substrate-  Gravel  with  red  soil  additive.  The  more  thicker  the  red  soil  layer  the  better.
 Macros  and  Micros-Yes/No
 Co2-Yes/No
 Tank-  All  my  tanks
 Sourced-  Sourced  from  Adip(Tropica)  and  LFS,  Some  given  to  me  by  Trevor.
 Remarks-  My  favourite  Genus.  Must  be  because  it  is  so  undemanding  and  at  the  same  time  beautiful.  
 Time  line-  Feb-2005  to  Nov-2008.  I  lost  parva,petchii,Albida,  balansae  and  crispulata  during  shifting  in  Dec-2007.
 
 
 
 P.S:  I  am  posting  early  since  I  will  not  be  able  to  do  so  today  evening.
 
 Regards,
 Nayak.
 
 Edit:  This  post  has  been  edited  to  correct  some  points.  Thanks,Bhushan  for  the  inputs.  The  edited  points  are  highlighted  in  red.


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 Anubia  barteri  Nana  'wrinkle  leaf'
 
 Crypt.  Wendtii  'green  tall’  
 
 Cryptocoryne  wendtii  'brown'
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 Continued  Nov,Dec-2006  
 
 The  stock  taking  of  the  plants.....  
 
 "D,E,F,G,H,I,J  and  K"
 
 Egeria  densa(Elodia)
 Country-South  America  
 Substrate-  Floating  plant.  
 Macros  and  Micros-No  
 Co2-No  
 Tank-  Breeding  tanks,  Tanks  without  substrate  and  to  soak  out  nutrients  in  my  new  tanks  to  prevent  Algae.  
 Sourced-  Given  to  me  by  the  Aquarist  Mr  Vinaychandra.  
 Remarks-  A  beautiful  plant.  Can  also  be  planted  in  substrate  though  I  prefer  to  use  it  floating.
 Time  line-  From  Oct-2005  to  Dec-2007.
 
 Eichhornia  azurea
 Country-South  America  
 Substrate-  Gravel  with  red  soil  additive.  
 Macros  and  Micros-Yes  
 Co2-Yes  
 Tank-  #4  
 Sourced-  Sourced  from  Jayaseelan(Pondicherry).  
 Remarks-  A  beautiful  plant  with  a  different  shape.  Grows  to  the  surface  and  becomes  emersed.  The  look  of  the  leaves  changes  totally  when  emersed.  Takes  time  to  acclimatise.  I  lost  it  when  I  pruned  the  plant.  
 Time  line-  From  Oct-2005  to  March-2006.
 
 Hemianthus  micranthemoides  
 Country-North  America  
 Substrate-  Gravel  with  red  soil  additive.  
 Macros  and  Micros-Yes  
 Co2-Yes  
 Tank-  #4  
 Sourced-  Sourced  from  Jayaseelan(Pondicherry).  
 Remarks-  A  beautiful  foreground  plant.  Regular  trimming  will  make  it  bushy.  In  fact  this  plant  overwhelmed  the  E.tenelus.  
 Time  line-  From  Oct-2006  to  Dec-2007.
 
 
 Micranthemum  umbrosum(Baby  tears)  (Removed  the  word  Hemianthus)
 Country-North  America  
 Substrate-  Gravel  with  red  soil  additive.  
 Macros  and  Micros-Yes  
 Co2-Yes  
 Tank-  #2  and  #4  
 Sourced-  Sourced  from  LFS.  
 Remarks-  Grows  tall.  Pruning  required  regularly,  hence  labour  intensive.
 Time  line-  I  had  it  intermittently  since  it  was  available  at  LFS.
 
 Heteranthera  zosterifolia(Star  grass?)
 Country-Brazil  
 Substrate-  Gravel  with  red  soil  additive.  
 Macros  and  Micros-Yes  
 Co2-Yes  
 Tank-  #4  
 Sourced-  Sourced  from  Jayaseelan(Pondicherry).  
 Remarks-  A  beautiful  bushy  mid-ground  plant.  Regular  trimming  will  make  it  bushy.  Prune  alternate  stems  when  trimming.  After  a  massive  trimming  I  almost  lost  it.  
 Time  line-  From  Oct-2006  to  Dec-2007.
 
 
 Hydrilla  verticillata
 Country-Cosmopolitan  
 Substrate-  Floating  plant.  
 Macros  and  Micros-No  
 Co2-No  
 Tank-  Breeding  tanks,  Tanks  without  substrate  and  to  soak  out  nutrients  in  my  new  tanks  to  prevent  Algae.  
 Sourced-  Given  to  me  by  the  aquarist  Mr  Madan.  
 Remarks-  One  of  my  favourite  plants  which  I  had  since  Mangalore  days.  It  grew  so  well  in  my  tank  then  that  I  put  some  cuttings  into  our  well.  Even  today  my  mother  remembers  me  in  annoyance  when  she  has  to  get  the  well  unclogged  every  year.  Do  not  add  to  well  or  any  water  body.
 Time  line-  I  still  have  it  today  Nov-2008.
 
 Hydrocotyle  leucocephala
 Country-It  is  found  all  the  way  from  Northern  Central  America  to  southern  South  America.  Substrate-  Floating  plant.  
 Macros  and  Micros-Yes  
 Co2-Yes  
 Tank-  #1  
 Sourced-  Given  to  me  by  the  aquarist  Mr  Rufus.  He  commented  that  most  probably  the  plants  going  around  were  the  ones  shared  by  Madan.
 Remarks-  I  weighed  down  the  bottom  of  this  plant  with  a  stone.  Though  having  roots  it  will  never  penetrate  the  substrate.  It  will  start  creeping  towards  the  surface  of  the  tank.  After  a  while  the  weighed  down  part  will  rot.  I  would  then  cut  the  rotten  part  away  and  weigh  down  the  part  which  grew  towards  the  surface.  Labour  intensive.
 Time  line-  Oct-2005  to  Dec-2007.
 
 
 Hygrophila  corymbosa(Temple  plant)  
 Country-India
 Substrate-  Gravel  with  red  soil  additive.  
 Macros  and  Micros-Yes  
 Co2-Yes  
 Tank-  #1  and  #4  
 Sourced-  Sourced  from  LFS.  
 Remarks-  A  stem  plant  which  needs  a  rich  substrate.  I  had  it  almost  since  I  came  to  Bangalore  since  it  is  readily  available.  
 Time  line-  up  to  Dec-2007.
 
 
 Hygrophila  corymbosa  var.  augustifolia(Narrow  leaf)  
 Country-India
 Substrate-  Gravel  with  red  soil  additive.  
 Macros  and  Micros-Yes  
 Co2-Yes  
 Tank-  #1  and  #4  
 Sourced-  Sourced  from  LFS.  
 Remarks-  A  stem  plant  which  needs  a  rich  substrate.  I  would  prune  the  stems  and  put  them  in  my  outdoor  breeding  tanks  and  tubs.  It  would  grow  as  floating  plant  and  get  red  in  color.  
 Time  line-  From  Dec-2005  up  to  Dec-2007.
 
 
 Hygrophila  difformis(water  wisteria)
 Country-India
 Substrate-  Gravel  with  red  soil  additive.  
 Macros  and  Micros-Yes  
 Co2-Yes  
 Tank-  #1,#2  and  #4  
 Sourced-  Sourced  from  LFS.  
 Remarks-  A  stem  plant  which  needs  a  rich  substrate.  I  had  this  plant  in  Mangalore  too.  An  excellent  plant  for  a  new  tank  to  remove  excess  nutrients  and  prevent  algae.  Under  high  light  the  branches  will  act  like  creepers  and  hug  the  substrate.  Needs  high  Macros  and  Micros.
 Time  line-  From  Dec-2005  up  to  Dec-2007.
 
 Hygrophila  polysperma
 Country-India
 Substrate-  Gravel  with  red  soil  additive.  
 Macros  and  Micros-Yes  
 Co2-Yes  
 Tank-  #1,#2  and  #4  
 Sourced-  Sourced  from  LFS.  
 Remarks-  A  stem  plant  which  needs  a  rich  substrate.  Initially  it  did  not  do  well  in  my  tank.  Then  on  asking  Madan,He  suggested  I  increase  the  qty  of  Magnesium  Sulphate  in  my  dosing.  This  worked  wonders  and  I  had  thick  bushes.
 Time  line-  From  April-2006  up  to  Dec-2007.
 
 
 Regards,
 Nayak.
 
 Edit:  This  post  has  been  edited  to  correct  some  points.  Thanks,Bhushan  for  the  inputs.  The  edited  points  are  highlighted  in  red.


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 Fantastic  thread  nayak...  It  feels  bad  at  the  end  of  each  of  your  post,for  the  long  wait  till  the  next  one!!  Smile
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 Difformis
 
 Polysperma
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 WOW  Thumbs Up  
 This  is  better  than  "Tropica".
 I  am  now  running  out  of  superlatives  for  this  thread  Very Happy
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 Am  I  imagining  it,  or  was  there  a  picture  of  H.Zosterifolia  in  this  thread  ?
 
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 Ooops  sorry  the  picture  didn't  load  due  to  some  connection  problem,  sorry  about  that  post.  Now  I  can  see  it
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 Continued  Nov,Dec-2006  
 
 The  stock  taking  of  the  plants.....  
 
 "I,J,K,L,M,N,O  and  P"
 
 Limnophila  aquatica
 Country-India  
 Substrate-  Gravel  with  red  soil  additive.  
 Macros  and  Micros-Yes  
 Co2-Yes  
 Tank-  #1  and  #2.  
 Sourced-  Sourced  from  LFS.  
 Remarks-  A  stem  plant  which  needs  a  rich  substrate.  Since  it  is  a  fast  growing  plant  it  needs  high  dosing  of  macros  and  micros.  An  excellent  plant  for  a  new  tank  to  remove  excess  nutrients  and  prevent  algae.   
 Time  line-  From  Oct-2006  up  to  Dec-2007.
 
 Limnophila  sessiliflora(Ambulia)  
 Country-India  
 Substrate-  Gravel  with  red  soil  additive.  
 Macros  and  Micros-Yes  
 Co2-Yes  
 Tank-  #2.  
 Sourced-  Sourced  from  LFS.  
 Remarks-  A  stem  plant  which  needs  a  rich  substrate.  Since  it  is  a  fast  growing  plant  it  needs  high  dosing  of  macros  and  micros.  An  excellent  plant  for  a  new  tank  to  remove  excess  nutrients  and  prevent  algae.   
 Time  line-  From  Feb-2006  up  to  Dec-2007.
 
 
 Ludwigia  repens
 Country-Central  America
 Substrate-  Gravel  with  red  soil  additive.  
 Macros  and  Micros-Yes  
 Co2-Yes  
 Tank-  #2.  
 Sourced-  Sourced  from  LFS.  
 Remarks-  A  stem  plant  which  needs  a  rich  substrate.  Since  it  is  a  fast  growing  plant  it  needs  high  dosing  of  macros  and  micros.  An  excellent  plant  for  a  new  tank  to  remove  excess  nutrients  and  prevent  algae.   
 Time  line-  From  Feb-2006  up  to  Dec-2007.  Since  easily  available  in  LFS  had  the  plant  earlier  also.
 Hygrophila  difformis  in  the  centre  back  and  left  hand  side.  Ludwigia  Sp.  on  the  right  back.
 
 
 Myriophyllum  aquaticum(Parrot  Feather)
 Country-South  America
 Substrate-  Gravel  with  red  soil  additive.  Can  grow  floating  too.
 Macros  and  Micros-Yes  
 Co2-Yes  
 Tank-  Tubs.  
 Sourced-  Sourced  from  LFS.  
 Remarks-  On  one  of  my  regular  visit  to  LFS  across  the  city  I  came  across  a  beautiful  geen  plant.  In  the  water  it  seemed  to  have  a  halo  around  it.  An  oily  film  was  keeping  the  water  away  from  the  stems  and  the  air  bubbles  attached  to  the  stem  made  it  irresistible.  I  purchased  it  and  added  it  to  my  tank  amid  OOh's  and  AAh's  from  my  family.
 In  10  days  all  the  leaves  had  melted  away  and  the  new  leaves  appeared  stringy  compared  to  the  earlier  leaves.  A  real  eye  sore.  I  plucked  it  out  of  the  aquarium  and  dumped  it  into  my  tubs.  On  these  floating  plants  in  the  tubs  emersed  stems  appeared  with  the  lovely  green  leaves.  The  Pigeons  killed  it.
 Time  line-  Oct-2005  up  to  Dec-2005.
 
 Microsorium  pteropus(Java  fern)
 Microsorium  pteropus  'Narrow  Leaf'
 Microsorium  pteropus  'Windelov'
 Country-Asia.  'Windelov'  is  a  Cultivar.
 Substrate-  Not  needed.  Can  be  tied  to  drift  wood  or  broken  laterite  pieces.
 Macros  and  Micros-Yes/No  
 Co2-Yes/No  
 Tank-  #2,#5  and  #6.  Also  in  my  breeding  tanks.
 Sourced-  Given  to  me.  Java  fern-Adip.  'Narrow'-Madan.  'Windelov'-Trevor.  
 Remarks-  I  was  moderately  successful  with  it.  I  could  never  grow  it  like  Madan  in  his  substrate-less  tank.  
 Time  line-  Feb-2006  up  to  Nov-2008.  I  still  have  them.
 
 Najas  indica
 Country-India  
 Substrate-  Gravel  with  red  soil  additive.  CAn  be  grown  floating  too.
 Macros  and  Micros-Yes  
 Co2-Yes  
 Tank-  #2,#3  and  #6.  
 Sourced-  Sourced  from  Jayaseelan(Pondicherry).  
 Remarks-  A  delicate  plant  which  will  grow,  But  is  brittle  to  handle.  Beautiful,  but  difficult  to  place.  Hardy,  but  not  good  for  preventing  algae.  We  also  collected  it  from  the  wild  during  our  collection  trips.
 Time  line-  From  Oct-2006  up  to  Dec-2007.
 
 
 Nymphaea  rubra
 Country-Africa  and  Asia.  
 Substrate-  Gravel  with  red  soil  additive.  The  more  the  thickness  of  the  red  soil  layer  the  better.
 Macros  and  Micros-Yes.  
 Co2-Yes.  
 Tank-  #2  and  #5.
 Sourced-  Sourced  from  Jayaseelan(Pondicherry).  
 Remarks-  The  tuber  should  be  kept  on  the  surface  of  the  substrate  and  not  planted.  Floating  leaves  have  to  be  cut  to  encourage  submerged  growth.  This  will  result  in  bushy  growth.  Beautiful  plant.   
 Time  line-  Oct-2005  up  to  Dec-2007.
 
 
 Nymphaea  species  'Red'(Tiger  lotus  red)
 Country-Africa  and  Asia.  
 Substrate-  Gravel  with  red  soil  additive.  The  more  the  thickness  of  the  red  soil  layer  the  better.
 Macros  and  Micros-Yes.  
 Co2-Yes.  
 Tank-  #2  and  #5.
 Sourced-  Sourced  from  Jayaseelan(Pondicherry).  
 Remarks-  The  tuber  should  be  kept  on  the  surface  of  the  substrate  and  not  planted.  Floating  leaves  have  to  be  cut  to  encourage  submerged  growth.  This  will  result  in  bushy  growth.  Beautiful  plant.   
 Time  line-  Oct-2006  up  to  Dec-2007
   
 
 Ottelia  alismoides
 Country-India
 Substrate-  Gravel  with  red  soil  additive.  The  more  the  thickness  of  the  red  soil  layer  the  better.
 Macros  and  Micros-Yes.  
 Co2-Yes.  
 Tank-  #2,#4  and  #6.
 Sourced-  Given  to  me  by  Trevor.  
 Remarks-  A  beautiful  plant  which  will  grow  to  having  floating  leaves.  These  leaves  will  grow  roots  near  their  nodes  and  detach  from  the  mother  plant  forming  a  new  plantlet.  Since  a  fast  grower  will  need  increased  micro  and  macro  dosing.We  also  collected  it  from  the  wild  during  our  collection  trips.
 Time  line-  Feb-2006  up  to  Dec-2007
   
 
 Potamogeton  gayi
 Country-South  America
 Substrate-  Gravel  with  red  soil  additive.  
 Macros  and  Micros-Yes.  
 Co2-Yes.  
 Tank-  #2  and  #6.
 Sourced-  Sourced  from  Jayaseelan(Pondicherry).  
 Remarks-  A  beautiful  grass  like  plant,will  under  good  light  will  propagate  through  runners.  
 Time  line-  Oct-2006  up  to  Nov-2008.  I  saw  a  small  plantlet  in  my  tub  today  Very Happy  
 
 
 Regards,
 Nayak.
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 Continued  Nov,Dec-2006  
 
 The  stock  taking  of  the  plants.....  
 
 "Q,R,S,T,U,V,W,X,Y  and  Z"
 
 Riccia  fluitans
 Country-Cosmopolitan  
 Substrate-  Not  needed.  Can  be  tied  to  rocks  and  driftwood.  Or  can  be  folded  in  nets  and  placed  to  form  carpets.
 Macros  and  Micros-Yes.  
 Co2-Yes.  
 Tank-  #4.  
 Sourced-  Given  to  me  by  Trevor.  
 Remarks-  Carried  away  by  the  photos  of  beautiful  aquascaped  plants  on  the  net  I  decided  to  try  Riccia.  Using  nets  I  made  lawns  of  the  Riccia  and  I  was  pretty  successful.  The  tank  looked  like  a  nice  manicured  garden.
 But  then  the  Riccia  became  unmanagable.  I  had  to  trim  them  every  week  or  else  they  would  come  out  of  the  net  and  start  floating  only  to  clog  my  filter.  I  had  to  increase  my  quantity  of  dosing  several  times  because  Riccia  started  starving  my  other  plants.
   The  final  straw  was  the  Sturesoma  aureum(Whiptail).  Its  favorite  game  was  uprooting  my  Riccia  in  clumps  to  get  at  the  mulm  under  them.  It  took  me  4  months  to  finally  get  rid  of  the  Riccia  from  my  tank.
 Timeline-  June-2005  upto  March-2007
 
 A  old  roll  camera  picture  of  my  Riccia  lawn.
 
 
 Rotala  rotundifolia
 Country-India?  
 Substrate-  Gravel  with  red  soil  additive.  
 Macros  and  Micros-Yes  
 Co2-Yes  
 Tank-  #1  and  #4  
 Sourced-  Sourced  from  Jayaseelan(Pondicherry).  
 Remarks-  A  stem  plant  which  needs  a  rich  substrate.  Needs  heavy  dosing  of  the  water  coulmn.  I  lost  it  after  a  vigorous  pruning.  
 Timeline-  From  Oct-2006  up  to  March-2007.
 
 
 Sagittaria  subulata
 Country-N.america  
 Substrate-  Gravel  with  red  soil  additive.  
 Macros  and  Micros-Yes  
 Co2-Yes  
 Tank-  #5  
 Sourced-  Sourced  from  Jayaseelan(Pondicherry).  
 Remarks-  A  beautiful  foreground  carpet  plant.  Needs  heavy  dosing  of  the  water  coulmn.  But  I  was  successful  in  growing  it  in  a  tank  with  no  CO2.  But  I  would  not  recommend  it.  
 Timeline-  From  Oct-2005  up  to  Dec-2007.
 
 
 Shinnersia  rivularis
 Country-Mexico  
 Substrate-  Gravel  with  red  soil  additive.  
 Macros  and  Micros-Yes  
 Co2-Yes  
 Tank-  #6  
 Sourced-  Sourced  from  Jayaseelan(Pondicherry).  
 Remarks-  A  beautiful  stem  plant.  Needs  heavy  dosing  of  the  water  coulmn.  But  I  was  successful  in  growing  it  in  a  tank  with  no  red  soil  additive,  Dosing  or  CO2.  But  I  would  not  recommend  it.  I  lost  it  after  a  vigorous  pruning.  
 Time  line-  From  Oct-2006  up  to  March-2007.
 
 Shinnersia  rivularis  on  top  left  hand  corner.
 
 
 Vallisneria-americana,  gigantea  and  spiralis
 Country-  Though  out  Tropical  and  Sub-Tropical  region.
 Substrate-  Gravel  with  red  soil  additive.  
 Macros  and  Micros-Yes  
 Co2-Yes  
 Tank-  #1,#2,#4,#5  and  #6  
 Sourced-  Americana  and  spiralis  sourced  from  LFS.  Gigantea  was  given  to  me  by  Mr  Vinaychandra.  
 Remarks-  A  plant  I  had  since  my  Mangalore  days  from  Mr  Harvey.  I  have  grown  it  with  all  permutation  and  combination  of  Substrate,  CO2/No  CO2,  Dosing/No  Dosing  etc.  I  would  not  suggest  Gigantea  to  aquariums.  They  have  a  nasty  habit  of  growing  and  shading  the  other  plants.  trimming  was  the  problem.  But  I  used  to  cut  the  leaves  near  the  water  level.  The  cut  leaf  would  rot  away  eventually.
 Timeline-  From  Dec-2005  up  to  Dec-2007.
 
 
 Vesicularia  dubyana(  Java  moss,  Christmas  moss,  Erect  moss)
 Country-Tropical  Asia?
 Sourced-  Given  to  me  by  Adip,Trevor,Madan  and  Nikhil.
 Substrate-  Not  needed.  I  used  to  tie  it  to  driftwood  or  rocks.
 Macros  and  Micros-Yes/No  
 Co2-Yes/No  
 Tank-  #2,#4,#5,#6,  My  breeding  tanks  and  my  tubs.
 Remarks-  I  was  successful  with  all  types  of  moss.  Must  be  the  Bangalore  weather?  I  have  seen  these  moss  on  driftwood,  Dried  under  sun  for  3  months  come  to  life  during  rains.  So  do  not  throw  away  your  moss  thinking  it  is  dead.  They  are  very  hardy  and  after  a  long  time  in  acclamatising  they  will  grow  fast.  Just  do  not  keep  moving  them.
 Timeline-  March-2005  to  Nov-2008.  I  still  have  it  today.
 
 Erect  moss  on  driftwood.
 
 
 Christmas  moss  o  driftwood.  
 
 
 These  then  were  the  plants  I  grew  successfully.  But  was  I  successful  with  all  the  plants  I  got?  If  I  have  given  that  impression  than  it  is  not  entirely  true.  The  Plants  I  failed  with.....
 
 Alternanthera  Sp.-Insufficient  light.
 Aponogetom  madagascareinsis-  Confused  
 Blyxa  Sp.-Insufficient  light,  DIY  CO2?  Melted  faster  than  ice  in  boiling  water.
 Didiplis  diandra-  Confused   Lost  within  one  week  of  planting  it.
 Echinodorous  Sp.-Substrate  height  was  never  more  than  2.5  inch  when  required  is  min  3  inch.  I  lost  a  lot  of  rare  varieties  given  to  me  by  Madan  and  Trevor.
 Mayaca  fluviatilis-  Insufficient  light  or  fishes  ate  it?  DIY  CO2?  Confused  
 Rotala  wallichii,  Rotala  indica-  Insufficient  light  or  fishes  ate  it?  DIY  CO2?  :?
 
 Did  someone  mention  Algae?
 Huh!  Algae?  What  Algae?
 
 Regards,
 Nayak.
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