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Old 08-26-2015, 04:08 PM   #1
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Question Plant name/description?

Good Afternoon Fellow Hobbyist!!

I am trying to find the name for one of the plants that I have in my tank... I think it might be the Rotala. But I am not sure.

can anyone help me out?

A bit of a description of it:

- fast grower (like weed in a garden hahaha)
- can get roots growing from below leafs
- can get trimmed and replanted for more plants.
- green plant (leafs do not turn red like the Rotala Indica hence my confusion)


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Old 08-26-2015, 04:10 PM   #2
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hygro polysperma??
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hygro polysperma??
thanks for the reply CB1021, just googled that name and I think it might be the right one


The entry in Wikipedia made me laugh

" It is listed on the Federal Noxious Weed List in the US and is illegal to import and sell in a number of states"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hygrophila_polysperma
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hygro polysperma??
I'm also fairly certain this is the plant

very invasive in warmer waters
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I'm also fairly certain this is the plant

very invasive in warmer waters
haha I can just imagine, it grows rather quick on my tank.


would it be recomended to remove completely from my tank? or keep it and just trim as required?
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and from what I read online it might be bad with other plants, but my swords are doing rather great! one of them has already outgrown my tank.....
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Nah, the only thing H. Polysperma can do is grow so much it cuts off the light from any slower growing plant below it. I used to keep a similarly fast growing plant: egeria densa, I would just compost large portions of the stuff when it got too overgrown.
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Nah, the only thing H. Polysperma can do is grow so much it cuts off the light from any slower growing plant below it. I used to keep a similarly fast growing plant: egeria densa, I would just compost large portions of the stuff when it got too overgrown.
cool, thanks for the reply, I just posted a new thread with how my tank looks now. trimmed a lot of the Hygros out
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It is known to be able to chemically slow down other plants from growing, but I doubt that's noticeable throughout a tank, it's probably more so to limit other plants from growing nearby. This is also not the only hygrophila that is known to do that, I wouldn't worry about it in your tank.

It totally is a weed though, one of those plants that can outgrow plant eaters..
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It is known to be able to chemically slow down other plants from growing, but I doubt that's noticeable throughout a tank, it's probably more so to limit other plants from growing nearby. This is also not the only hygrophila that is known to do that, I wouldn't worry about it in your tank.

It totally is a weed though, one of those plants that can outgrow plant eaters..
I think it would also depend on the type of plants... if the other plants competing have small leafs and are slow growers they are definitely going to loose against this one. my sword plant seems to have got into a race with it to see which could grow bigger.

prior to introducing the hygro into my tank, my sword was growing but not at the fast rate I have seen compared to after the hygro got introduced.

https://www.gtaaquaria.com/forum/showthread.php?t=177490
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