Aponogeton Bulbs

sairving

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Last weekend as a fun little experiment, I bought a back of "betta bulbs" from Petco. They are beginning to sprout this week. What direction should I plant them in the tank? Sprouting side up?

I have no idea what variety of aponogeton they are yet. It will be a surprise. Hopefully they will get bushy enough my betta will not longer be mad I had to trade-in his favorite plant.
 

mattgirl

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definitely spouting side up. Once they start growing they grow pretty fast so your little guy should be pleased with you. It seems I only have one now. Started out with 3. It just started growing again after being dormant for at least a year. Mine is more tall than bushy though. If you have several planted fairly close together they should be bushy enough for him.
 

JLAquatics

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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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sairving

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JLAquatics said:
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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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.
 

JLAquatics

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sairving said:
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.
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!

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Corylover123

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Thanks for the idea to use apogeneton in my tank btw, you can grow it emersed (out of the tank if you want and it will make it very cool and clean your tank easily. What kinds of apogeneton are nice for a 40g?
 

mattgirl

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The leaves on mine is already to the top of my 55 gallon tank and it only woke up a couple of weeks ago Your 5.5 gallon will be filled to the brim very quickly. The plus though is they are very pretty plants.
 

Corylover123

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pop a hole in your lid for the leafs to escape is there a certain temp for lillies and apogenton
 
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sairving

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mattgirl said:
The leaves on mine is already to the top of my 55 gallon tank and it only woke up a couple of weeks ago Your 5.5 gallon will be filled to the brim very quickly. The plus though is they are very pretty plants.
I'm down for pretty plants. So far the things that do the best seem to get large......no I just upgraded to this tank a few months ago (should have bought the 10 or 20 gallon).
 

Corylover123

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Wait does it go back into the bulb when it goes dormant?
 

JLAquatics

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Corylover123 said:
Wait does it go back into the bulb when it goes dormant?
The leaves will slowly die back so technically yes. It is a good idea to take the bulb out of the tank and rip the roots and dying leaves off when it does this and put the bulb in a damp cloth or damp cup of sand. Store this in a dark and dry place for a few months, then place it back in the tank and surround the plant with root tabs. It will grow like new again.. until it goes dormant once again. It has to do with the original climate the plant is from (I believe Madagascar), where there is a rainy and dry season.
 
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sairving

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Corylover123 said:
pop a hole in your lid for the leafs to escape is there a certain temp for lillies and apogenton
Bettas like it around 78-79 degrees. The red tiger lotus grew like crazy but I think it was sucking up all the extra nutrients in the water. I and a HOB filter so there is a gap in the top towards the back. I covered it up to keep the cat out and my previous betta jumped out through a gap accidentally left towards the front. I'm extra careful about making sure the top is secured.
 

Corylover123

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JLAquatics said:
The leaves will slowly die back so technically yes. It is a good idea to take the bulb out of the tank and rip the roots and dying leaves off when it does this and put the bulb in a damp cloth or damp cup of sand. Store this in a dark and dry place for a few months, then place it back in the tank and surround the plant with root tabs. It will grow like new again.. until it goes dormant once again. It has to do with the original climate the plant is from (I believe Madagascar), where there is a rainy and dry season.
Do water lillies do this?
 
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sairving

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Corylover123 said:
Do water lillies do this?
I think they also have dormant periods from a few weeks to a few months depending on the lilly.
 

Corylover123

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I think it’s temperature if it gets cold
 

JLAquatics

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Corylover123 said:
Do water lillies do this?
If I am not mistaken Dwarf Aquarium Lilies also have this process, just not as dramatic. However, the plant will not completely die back so leaving this type of plant in the tank is best. Hardy Pond Lilies have a full dormancy period during the winter where they do this until spring comes again.
 

Corylover123

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So it’s triggered by cold with them ok that’s good to know so do any apos not go dormant
 
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sairving

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Corylover123 said:
So it’s triggered by cold with them ok that’s good to know so do any apos not go dormant
From what I've read, dormancy in the wild can also depend if it's dry or rainy season. They'll go dormant when the water dries up and then grow again during the rainy season.
 

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