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Introduction. We stumbled across these plants accidentally. Adam, one of our much more than regular customers, cleaned the excess plants out of one of his aquariums. He brought in these as well as some val and some sag. We'd never seen these before, so we left them on our fish-bagging counter in a green tub. The counter was very well lit with those 32 watt very bright All-Glass bulbs made in Germany. LA
Checking the Effects of Sunlight. We doubled their water surface and gave them the morning sun. We're checking to see if these little guys are a different variety altogether or just the regular water lettuce dwarfed by insufficient illumination.
In the Meantime. We looked at the root systems on these guys. Prodigious. Just like the roots on regular water lettuce. A tank covered with these plants would provide excellent baby livebearer cover. The surface of these roots would also harbor numerous tiny animacules that would fatten up the livebearer fry.
Removes Nitrogenous Wastes. Roots like these suck nitrogen and other digested fish wastes out of the water. They help purify the water. This means they will need water changes and/or fertilizers to prevent them from consuming all the nutrients and burning themselves out. Adam solved this particular problem by reducing their population. He brought in this large quantity of floating plants for us to try to figure out.
Reproduces Like Water Lettuce. If you've grown water lettuce, you know they reproduce by sending out little "runners" that generate "daughter plants."
They Grow Lots of Runners. If each plant throws three runners which develop daughter plants and each daughter plant throws three plants ... You can see where these little guys reproduce exponentially.
Why They Float. The leaves obviously have air cells in them. However, their leaves are also covered with tiny hairs that repel water. You don't need to "plant" them green side up. They right themselves if you just toss them in the water. Ditto, if you pour a bucket of water into their container.
Root Eaters. The above plants were floating in a tank containing rosy barbs and spotted barbs. I've watched the spotted barbs out eat oscars. They stripped the roots from these guys in two days. No prob. We moved the plants to another tank. They'll probably re-grow their roots. Aurulius barbs, Odessa barbs, goldfish, and most African cichlids also enjoy devouring the roots.
Plant Eaters. We put a dozen or so dwarf water lettuce in our 29-gallon turtle tank. We couldn't get turtles for several weeks so we used our well lit turtle tank to grow a few more plants. Then someone traded in two western painted turtles -- well known plant eaters as adults. They made short work of the dwarf water lettuce.
Overcrowding Results in Chlorosis. As mentioned earlier, dwarf water lettuce reproduces exponentially. In unfertilized containers (like a growing flat in strong light), it sucks all the nutrients out of the water. First the leaves turn a pale green. This condition is correctable by moving the plants to new surroundings. If you ignore them, their leaves will turn yellow. The yellow leaves die and so will the plant. Remove any pale leaves and move the plants before they die. Chlorosis is unlikely in an aquarium with fish in it.
Green Side Down. If one of your dwarf water lettuce plants accidentally gets turned upside-down, it tries to right itself (like water sprite). The daughter plant makes it, but the original plant deteriorates under water. This is the only upside-down example out of 150 or so plants.
Last Words. Looks like another aquatic plant has entered the aquarium decor arena. Attractive, easy to raise, and economical. If you're looking for a surface plant that also reduces the excess light that encourages algae growth, you'll appreciate dwarf water lettuce even more. LA
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