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#1 Guest_rjmtx_*

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 07:26 PM

Anyone kept Nitella sp. in the aquarium? Is there anything I should look out for if I toss some in my tank, or are there horror stories of why I shouldn't? I have plenty of light, so that's not an issue. I just ask because I'm doing a vegetative survey of a lake that has some coves full of it tomorrow, and might throw some in a bucket to bring home.

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 07:33 PM

Go nuts! It's an interesting plant. Nice texture. They won't have roots (since they are an algae), but can make rhizoids that can help anchor them. But they might be difficult to keep in the substrate if you have a lot of flow. They grow just fine floating around, though.

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 09:13 AM

If you give it a try, let us know how it goes. I have been curious about Chara sp. in an aquarium setting for years now, and I bet if you can get Nitella to grow then maybe Chara will be similar. Good luck!

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 10:00 AM

I have read that Nitella prefers soft, acidic waters, while Chara prefers hard or even brackish waters. However, I've also read that they sometimes grow together. I've only come across Chara myself and haven't tried to grow it.

I don't see what harm it could cause in the tank. It's not stinky like Chara, and it's readily eaten by waterfowl and grass carp, so it probably isn't very toxic.

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 04:34 PM

That lake is FULL of Nitella, and I'll be back tomorrow mapping it some more and will grab some then. In the meantime, I grabbed some Bacopa, Banana Lilly, and Eleocharis. Thanks for the quick responses.

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