I bought them at Wal-Mart. These are the first live plants ever. Do they need special care besides trimming and lighting?
Huh? How can I tell whaich side is the crown and which is the root?Yup, Aponogetons do need fertilization and good lighting as well. They're at least medium-light plants. When you plant the bulb, make sure that the root part is facing the bottom and that the crown part (where the leaves will begin to grow) is facing the light. Also, the crown cannot be buried under gravel.
I bought 6 "bulbs" out of a tank at Walmart. The clerk said she thought they were just dead plant and sold them to me for $.99 (all 6) This is one of the bulbs just over a week in a NPT with ^ lighting and ferts.
That's what I think also. It's alittle bigger now and has a few more leaves. I had to move some swords because the leaves are so light they topple over and cover whatever is under them. I do use 300 watts of 6500k CF lighting on a timer for 9 hours a day and ferts of flourish and flourish iron for the red plants. It is in a 55 gal tank.
That's good over 2 watts per gal. I have 6 tanks all with different lighting to experiment with plants and animals. My tanks range from 1.5 up to 4 watts per gal. Actually 1 is just in a bright window just getting sunlight (just for the past week)
I believe Nutter once told me the WPG rule doesn't apply to 10 gallon or under...
How big is that tank you put those Betta Bulbs in? Those bulbs are likely Aponogeton Ulvaceus, and will get MASSIVE once they get growing. I had just one bulb completely take over a 10 gallon aquarium and here is a single bulb in my 30 gallon tank when it was first set up, it was that huge plant in the middle. They will even flower for you and will enter dormancy in a few months time, so keep that in mind. Also it is a great idea to trim some of the leaves once in a while at the leaf base if they get too out of hand. Great plant to have though!
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The Aponogeton should give you no trouble with growing well, but that will become a different kind of trouble for you with growing too much! These will grow faster than even a Tiger Lotus and it took over my old 10 gallon tank in less than 2 weeks after planting. I found a really old photo of my 10 gallon tank with one of these. I could definitely "see" putting one of these Aponogetons in a 1/4 gallon tank, that is the funniest thing I heard all day!I have a 5.5 gallon tank. Hopefully an occasional trim will keep it from getting too out of control. If not, I can always trade it in at my lfs. In the previous saga of plants I bought that grew too large was a tiger lotus. It doubled in size every 24 hours. Louie loved his tiger lotus.
I find that plants people consider "easy" have issues in my hard water. So, I just try plants to see what grows and what doesn't.
It is rather entertaining that the package the bulbs came in said the minimum tank size was a quarter gallon.