Unreal Growth Water Sprite

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by SmallFishGuy, May 24, 2018.

  1. SmallFishGuy

    SmallFishGuyValued MemberMember

    So I posted on here last Friday (6 days ago) about getting excited about new plants, now that they have had time to settle etc I genuinely can’t believe how fast wisteria grows, I brought some root tabs from eBay and no C02, no special lights just an Led strip light, this plant is possibly my favourite yet!

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  2. Demeter

    DemeterFishlore VIPMember

    Not to burst your bubble, but that looks more like water sprite, which is also a fast grower. Wisteria is more of a stem plant while water sprite is fern-like. Fronds will grow from the center of the plant in water sprite while wisteria grows straight up as a single stem or it will branch off from the main stem at the nodes of leafs. If you try cutting off a stem from water sprite and planting it, it will die. Taking a cutting from wisteria will result in a new healthy plant. Although, both plants will grow new plantlets from the grooves in old leafs, making them super easy to propagate.

    Either way, give it another month and I bet the plant will over run the tank ;)
  3. OP

    SmallFishGuyValued MemberMember

    Looking at my receipt from proshrimp it is water sprite! My bad! Haha, so I can’t cut the tops and regrow it?
  4. bitseriously

    bitseriouslyWell Known MemberMember

    My water sprite constantly produces shoots and rootlets about 2/3 of the way along the fronds, as they age (so not on newly-grown fronds, but a few weeks after they reach full growth). You can let them grow a bit on those stems (mine reach a couple inches of root growth very quickly), then cut above and below where the new plant is forming, and plant that. I'll check my tank for examples tonight, see if I can add pics and clarify it a bit.
  5. SegiDream

    SegiDreamWell Known MemberMember

    lol enjoy. It is a decent plant. Shrimp and fry appreciate it. It grows fast but not that fast that you can't keep u with it. And it helps with the water parameters. I only float it and toss some of it out during water changes.
  6. bitseriously

    bitseriouslyWell Known MemberMember

    Pics, as promised.
    Green is the original stem. Red is where the next image is:
    Here, green is the “new” shoots, stems above root below, and red is where is cut to plant new.

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