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    does gibba need peat?

    My dad has a 75 gallon tank, with like 8 fish and a fish cleaner (the fish that eats algae but i forgot the name) + florescent lights for the fish
    i was thinking of putting my soon to get U.Gibba in there.
    From the savage garden, it says to use a cup of peat per gallon. is this really nessecary? o_O just wondering, if it is, i could probably put it in a cup of somewhere else. (:
    thanks.

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    I think U. gibba needs t be in shallow water close to the bottom.

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    Be careful just dumping peat into an aquarium. It is very bouyant and will make a mess of your tank. You might want to consider putting peat in the bottom of an empty tank (prewet) and then putting some APS over it to keep it weighted and from floating around.

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    I got some... I put some in a small tray in the g/h and a tiny bit (1/5th?) outside in a thing I had made to try aldrovandra in... the stuff inside the greenhouse I don't think has grown any- but is alive. The stuff in the container outside the g/h in a tank with peat under APS and a lilly planted in it (and bugs hanging out in there) has gotten really big and doing quite well. So, from that I would say yes. The peat helps. Of course it could be just a bigger container that gets warmer in the day / cooler at night or that bugs are in it to feed the plants or who knows what else
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    Quote Originally Posted by Not a Number View Post
    This is the idea:


    U. gibba grows in water only several centimeters deep. Examine a clump and you will see it consists mostly of green stolons which branch and intertwine to form a loose mat. This network comingles with the oozy muck of the pond bottom and anchors the plant underwater. Plants that grow like this are called affixed aquatics. Each stolon is several centimenters or more long and 0.2-1 mm thick. The stolons are terete (round in cross section). Rhizoids (small rootlike organs) may be visible hanging from the stolons especially near peduncle bases. They are only a few centimeters long.

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    If you want, you could also try to grow U. gibba in waterlogged peat. I heard that they flower when the water level is low.
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    I think the fish might eat it if you put it in your aquarium. As for peat, I've found it sinks more easily if you slowly pour boiling water over it, removing the excess water as it cools and repeating the process. I used the resulting tea-like water, rather than the peat itself, though I don't know how much it helped as my attempts weren't exactly a scientific study.
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