"red" Aponogeton

Discussion in 'Aquarium Plants' started by A new username, Apr 15, 2017.

  1. A new usernameNew MemberMember

    I got a plant labeled only as aponogeton and that its growth has really kicked off some of the leaves are turning a reddish brown color. Is this normal for whatever species this is?

    Sorry for the mess I just fed my tank emerald entree
    That was the reddest leaf and the photo doesn't do it justice

    Here is the entire plant

  2. chromedome52Fishlore VIPMember

    Aponogeton all grow from bulbs, that last photo doesn't look like it has a bulb. Looks more like some sort of Echinodorus to me, but I'm far from a plant expert.
  3. A new usernameNew MemberMember

    I buried the bulb under the sand and put some dirt under the bulb for nutrients
  4. chromedome52Fishlore VIPMember

    Okay, then I'm clueless. Sorry about that! :oops:
  5. A new usernameNew MemberMember

    It's fine
  6. ghostlybosunWell Known MemberMember

    I am 99% positive that is Aponogeton ulvaceus.
    It gets reddish when it has ample light, it might get even more red if you bump up the light.
    Some of the ulvaceus require a dormancy period and some do not.
    If you wanna see a really really red Aponogeton, look up Aponogeton crispus 'red'
  7. Jocelyn AdelmanFishlore VIPMember

    @ghostlybosun hit the nail on the head :)
    I believe the purple flowers do not need a dormancy while white flowers do
  8. HerkimurWell Known MemberMember

    Plants that want to turn red do so better with Iron Fertilizers.

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