Bolbitis heudelotii

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20 Jul 2014 21:26 #1 by swai (Simon)
Hi all,

Does anyone have experience with this plant? I have mine planted in a terracotta pot with Ada amazonia 3 but I'm getting some algae on the leaves.

Should this plant be attached to something like java fern or is it OK to leave planted. It's in a spot with good flow so wondering if I have it planted wrong.

Any info appreciated.

Thanks!

Marino, Dublin 9

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20 Jul 2014 22:39 #2 by igmillichip (ian millichip)
You need to keep that algae in check.

When you say "good flow" is that meaning the flow of water is weak, medium or pretty strong ?
I would grow these in fairly strong flow (eg right by the filter output)

ian

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20 Jul 2014 22:49 #3 by swai (Simon)
Replied by swai (Simon) on topic Bolbitis heudelotii
Yes Ian, it is right under the filter output. There is a really good flow through the leaves. I don't understand why I'm getting algae as i have a Echinodorus bleheri on the other side of the tank planted in a pot and it's doing fine!

Marino, Dublin 9

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21 Jul 2014 06:33 #4 by Homer (Kevin)
Replied by Homer (Kevin) on topic Bolbitis heudelotii
Hey Simon,

Like Anubias and any other slow growing Aquarium plant, they tend to retain their leaves much longer than other plants and because of this, they have a tendency to get algal build up on them,

Other plants tend to lose their leaves and replace them quite quickly which never gives Algae a proper chance to take hold.

Anubias will grow better if slower away from the glare of lights and in a slightly acid environment in a full flow of Water.

I use Glass/ Ghost Shrimp to help me keep on top of Algae and they are fabulous at it. A tank with Amazon Swords will start to develop holes if you keep Bristle Noses so GS are my choice.

You could also buy a small power head to direct a flow where you want it, a string current will bring CO2 to the Plant and will stop material coming to rest on the Leaves helping to keep it clean.

Mostly, it comes down to water quality and Lighting, if there is clean water and the correct lighting, Bolbitis should grow well.

Bolbitis derives all of its nutrition from the Water around it as it is never planted with its rhizome in the substrate, easycarbo and profito or some such frets applied sparingly, should have it growing well.

Kev.

The Glass is always greener on the other side.


It's NOT "Chee lick", NOT "Chee Chee Licks"!!! Cichlids is pronounced as "Sick Lids"!!!!!

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21 Jul 2014 11:54 #5 by swai (Simon)
Replied by swai (Simon) on topic Bolbitis heudelotii
Thanks for the info kev, so I Should remove it from the substrate and tie it to a piece of bogwood as the bolbitis is a rhizome plant?

It seems in a place with very good flow. I can't put glass shrimp in as I've the angels are in there and they will become dinner!

Marino, Dublin 9

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21 Jul 2014 12:05 #6 by Homer (Kevin)
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Yep, the same way you would grow Anubias, the root tips can be allowed grow down the rock or wood into the Gravel but definitely don't bury the Rhizome under it, a Rhizome is a horizontal stem and like most stems, it should be in the Water, not under it.

Softer water is best to avoid Algae, Calcium in Hard water aids algal growth.

To keep algae at bay, water changes, good quality and well measured ferts, correct lighting and good water flow.

Over feeding will stop Algae eaters from eating Algae and they will end up munching your food instead.

Kev.

The Glass is always greener on the other side.


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21 Jul 2014 14:10 #7 by swai (Simon)
Replied by swai (Simon) on topic Bolbitis heudelotii
Cheers kev, just tied the bolbitis onto some bogwood and there is a lot more flow through the leaves as they have more space.

I'm dosing with easy carbo etc so hopefully from here on in no algae.

Marino, Dublin 9

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