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    Water hyacinth

    Discussion in 'Planted Tank and Aquascaping' started by MrsE88, May 30, 2017.

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      Good ferts
       
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      My dad's tank has and Ecornia Crasipus in it and it is attached to a Driftwood and is in sub floating state.
       
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      I've tried growing Water Hyacinth indoors twice. I've taken newer WH plants from my pond and let them float in one of my planted tanks but both times they died.

      -I dose my planted tanks with dry ferts from gla (potassium nitrate, potassium sulfate, and potassium or sodium phosphate + trace elements) so I know the WH had adequate amounts of macro and micro nutrients. The other plants grow well.

      -I had ~72 watts LED 460/660nm grow lights and ~46 watts 6,500k fluorescent over a 30 gallon tank which is pretty high. The lights were a few inches above the WH ... too far away to cause a heat problem.

      -pH, KH, GH, and TDS of the tank water were virtually the same as the source (pond).

      -Water temperature shouldn't have been an issue and the air temperature indoors is close to ideal for Water Hyacinth (68-72º).

      I couldn't figure out why the WH wouldn't grow.

      Post #28 in the thread below @duanes@duanes states that he's found that WH simply doesn't do well under artificial light. That's the only explanation I can think of based on my experience.

      https://www.monsterfishkeepers.com/forums/threads/good-plant-for-my-sump.683463/
       
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      Artificial light never worked for me, I even tried in a sunlit window box with glass ceiling and south facing exposure. They lasted a little longer, but didn't make it thru a long Wisconsin winter.
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      According to the DNR web site, they are now considered an invasive species, to be regulated, even in cold Wisconsin
       
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      I too have tried fertilizers with no luck. I've also put aerators directly under the roots. One thing I have not tried is a cold water approach indoors...They die outside when it gets colder but perhaps the roots need cooler water?
       
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      Here they thrive in one river where the temp is usually between 54 and 67 farenheit
       
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      That could be. Mine were staying alive, not thriving or growing. But alive in my basement with a grow light with temps down to 55. But then my koi ate them all:/

      I guess I'll just be experimenting to see if I can get them to make it.

      @duanes@duanes are they invasive to mn too? I don't see how they could be here or in Wisconsin over the winter. The leaves go black and die off just from early may frost!
       
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      I believe the Minnesota DNR is more realistic (I didn't see it on their list) than Wisconsin, unless Wisconsin is trying to get ahead of global warming. But I seriously doubt there is that kind of forward thinking by the current administration in WI these days.
       
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      @duanes@duanes lol. I think wh will be the least of their worries then.
       

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