Who has used pennywort??

Joined
Jun 9, 2016
Messages
70
Reaction score
7
Points
8
Location
Tennessee, Unites States
Country
United States
I have a friend with a supply of pemnywort in a fishless, fertilizer free setting. Its outdoor and will be dying off soon. She said I can have as much as id like. Im curious as to who has used it in their newt tanks. Ive read up on it and it seems like a good choice. Most of the aqautoc plants i have got from local greenhouses do not do well in my tanks, dying after a few weeks, despite the person who sold them to me telling me they would do well in an aquarium. Im also going out of town this weekend and will be able to visit a store with a real selection. Please tell me your favorite aqautoc plants that do well with cool temps and low lighting.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N910A using Tapatalk
 

Chinadog

Super Moderator
Staff member
Joined
May 8, 2013
Messages
2,685
Reaction score
67
Points
48
Location
Chesterfield, England
Country
England
Pennywort is apparently quite easy to grow, but I've never had much luck with it, some people end up composting it, but it always seems to melt away in my tanks. Maybe it's the LED lighting?
For
I do quite well with the usual stuff people grow in newt tanks like Java moss, Java fern, Anacharis, Bacopa, Rotala and Vallisnaria. If you have a deep tank Giant Vallis is very impressive and very fast growing, so it's good using up nitrates and preventing algae blooms.
I used to do very well with Water hyacinths and Water lettuce, but since I converted to LED lighting they just wont grow. Most of my other fully submerged plants do very well with the LEDs, but stuff that grows above the surface just goes leggy and dies off. Well, apart from duckweed that is, once you have that stuff, you have it for life!
 

Jort

New member
Joined
Jun 29, 2016
Messages
52
Reaction score
1
Points
0
Location
The province of Zeeland
Country
Netherlands
Display Name
Jort
I've used it a lot and I think it looks a bit nicer than Eleodea, but my water stays in a better condition while using Eleodea in my experience.
 

JoshBA

Member
Joined
Aug 12, 2012
Messages
243
Reaction score
8
Points
18
Location
Bozeman, MT
Country
United States
Display Name
Josh
Above water, this stuff grows like crazy. I planted it in my dart frog vivarium, which is lighted with very strong LEDs, and it outcompeted every other plant. Every other week I have to hack out tons of this stuff, just to be able to have clear areas for my frogs.

In my newt tanks, it seems to grow best semi-aquatically, but doesn't do as well completely submerged. In most of my semi-aquatic setups I try to avoid it as it takes over any terrestrial area very quickly.

For other plants that I have had success with, my favorites are Ludwigia repens, Vallisneria, hornwort, and Lemon bacopa.

All do well in cool, low light to high light settings. For a fully aquatic setup I would recommend the vals and hornwort, as they won't grow out of the water and lose leaves where their stems are still submerged (I think it's a waste of energy for the plant to keep aquatic leaves when it can have access to more CO2 above water). Both these plants can't grow above water, so you don't have this issue.
 
Joined
Jun 9, 2016
Messages
70
Reaction score
7
Points
8
Location
Tennessee, Unites States
Country
United States
Thanks for your replies. Right now ive got whati believe is parrots feather and its the only thing that doesnt completly die, its not thriving but its still alive but i really dont like it. For the larvae plants that break the surface would be good because Im going to try to keep some aqautic. But i definetly like the look of underwater foliage better. The store im going to had more plant varieties than Id ever seen for sale, but sadly they didnt have hornwort. Hopefully they will have the vallisneria.

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N910A using Tapatalk
 
General chit-chat
Help Users
  • No one is chatting at the moment.
  • Ed69:
    This is regarding the California slender garden salamanders.
    +1
    Unlike
  • KirbyandYoshi:
    I had a axolotl hatch after 7 days of being layed and my brine shrimp won't be ready till Monday for feeding. Will he be able to make it or is there anything I can try feeding him in the meantime?
    +1
    Unlike
  • Jankowpa01:
    I do not have my Axolotl’s yet waiting for my cycle to complete! I am towards the end of my 30g fishless cycle. It has been a long journey. I have easily been processing 4ppm of ammonia in 24 hours for about a week.Each night I add 4ppm ammonia ( Dr Tims) and test every 12 hrs and nitrites read around 2ppm but when I test after 24hrs they are at 0 nitrites. I am using API master Kit. Should nitrites be constantly 0 in a 24 hour period or is a spike 12 hours later normal? Is my tank cycled? PH- is 7.4 Nitrates- 40ppm and will do water change once I am sure tank is cycled
    +1
    Unlike
  • SubZero:
    I'm not a Axolotl keeper but that sounds good
    +1
    Unlike
  • Paige1warren:
    Hi guys! I just have a quick question regarding axoltols. I’ve had my lotl since October and she is a year old now! Anyways, her water has been on the warmer side of the spectrum (about 69-70 degrees F, 20ish C). I finally got a fan to blow over the top of the tank, and it decreased to about 64 f in 2 hours. Super happy to be able to keep the water cooler, but I was wondering if axoltols have any reaction to the water suddenly becoming cold? Should I lower the temp more slowly? My lotl isn’t acting stressed or anything, but I just want to make sure there won’t be any problems. Thanks!
    +1
    Unlike
  • Paige1warren:
    Also, she was fine at the higher temperature. Perfectly healthy and never showed signs of de stress. Just thought it being colder would make her happier and digest a little slower! (She’s a pig :p )
    +1
    Unlike
  • SubZero:
    is it normal for a tiger to jump at you from being the glass
    +1
    Unlike
  • Murk:
    @Paige1warren That should be fine. I wouldn't suddenly put her in very cold water without acclimatisation, but a few degrees over the course of two hours shouldn't be a problem at all.
    +1
    Unlike
  • AlexisJG:
    Is anyone online? I need help badly
    +1
    Unlike
  • AlexisJG:
    I have had my 2 axolotls since June 2020 and I had hoped they would mature the same gender but unfortunately they are not. I am currently on vacation and planned to separate them once I returned, my axolotls are currently being cared for by a friend who knows the basics to care for them properly. A melanoid and a leucistic. I had a feeling but didn't prioritize it enough and now I have many many eggs in the tank with both of my axolotls. I have zero experience with eggs and cannot really care for juvenile axolotls but I really DO NOT want to kill them. What should I do? Are my axolotls okay being in the same tank with them? would the eggs be okay all together in a tank by themselves? Where can I find someone to care for them and hatch them?I'm so stressed and worried I just want the best for them all.
    +1
    Unlike
  • axie owner:
    you are going to have to get a bucket and put the eggs in that. they can hatch anytime between 11 and 20 days. order in brine shrimp eggs and get your friend to watch a video on hatching them. make sure your friend does 100% water changes every day. keep the water around 64digres and make sure your friend sends daily updates on them. i found kitchen salt works for the brine shrimp eggs. hope this helps.
    +1
    Unlike
  • Gots2knowme2:
    I am a new owner of two juvenile axolotls that are Lucie's. One has black eyes and one has silver eyes. Is that common or rare?
    +1
    Unlike
  • FP.Foxy:
    A few days ago, my Axolotl was about to die, there was something wrong with the water but he’s doing fine now. His skin is still cracked and his red things are still white
    +1
    Unlike
  • Paige1warren:
    Hi guys.. I might of made an error and need some advice. One of the hides in my tank is too small for my axie now, but I did not want to buy another hide because they are expensive, so I decided to DIY one. I used a Tupperware (cut into a little home) and glued rocks from outside and plants on it. The problem is, I washed the rocks with soap and hot water. I completely wasn’t thinking. When I washed them there was no soap residue that was visible on the rocks, and the rocks have been drying for 3 days on the container. So it has been 3 days since I washed them. I used aquarium safe silicone to glue them on. It was fully dry tonight so I decided to put it in my tank. I had it in for about 3 mins until I realized j had washed the rocks in soap, and I took it out immediately. Should I be worried??? I’m really freaking out, I don’t want anything to happen to my baby! I was truly not thinking. I also read that it was safe to use rocks from outside, but now I’m not sure? Can anyone help
    +1
    Unlike
  • Saturn:
    @Paige1warren, Since you took it out straight away it should be ok but I'd still be doing a big water change. When I was a teen, I took some rocks from outside, washed them (probably in soap) and put them in my turtle tank. He died a week or so later and I've never used any rocks from the garden since because you just don't know what's been on them, such as pesticide and I suppose the mineral composition of the rock comes in to play too. Letting them dry for a few days before adding them also would have helped so you should be fine
    +1
    Unlike
  • Paige1warren:
    @Saturn, okay, thank you so much! Firstly, I’m so sorry about your turtle :(. My lotl seems to be fine, I haven’t noticed any changes or signs of destress. I do 25% weekly water changes (I have a fully cycled tank), but I will do a 50% change today. I hope that everything turns out fine. Axies are pretty good at showing they are not well or stressed so I’m hoping that I got the rocks out fast enough. Thank you again!
    +1
    Unlike
  • Saturn:
    @Paige1warren, Thanks hun and you're absolutely right, axolotls are so sensitive it would've showed signs. Glad your lotl is ok :)
    +1
    Unlike
  • Pookisoo:
    Hii my tiger salamander has a black bump on his head, its looks like a little spot but its forming into a bump and its like making a hole..? You can tell i need help , please help😁
    +1
    Unlike
  • Pookisoo:
    Do i just give him a salt bath?
    +1
    Unlike
  • madcaplaughs:
    You need to take him to the vet if there's a hole that's forming in his head.
    +1
    Unlike
  • Tanker:
    New to site. Have a Golden Albino and a Black Melanoid
    +1
    Unlike
  • Tanker:
    Tank size 40 gal. 2 filter pumps /substrate roughed ceramic easy to clean / feed each one night crawler every 3 rd day
    +1
    Unlike
  • Murk:
    Ceramic substrate? That sounds interesting. What should I imagine by that?
    +1
    Unlike
  • AMurry24537:
    Can't say if this is what's being referred to, but I had some ceramic tiles in an aquarium for a while. I used a silicone sealant to secure them to the bottom and to each other. It worked well for about 6 months, but eventually a little water got through my imperfect seal and started creating mold problems
    +2
    Unlike
  • Murk:
    Ooh, tiles of course. I was thinking of those ceramic rings/balls you can buy as filter medium, but tiles make more sense. Thanks
    +1
    Unlike
    Murk: Ooh, tiles of course. I was thinking of those ceramic rings/balls you can buy as filter medium... +1
    Top