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    U. gibba care?

    I recently lost some U.gibba which had been snuck into a fish tank I maintain with some java moss. I had noticed the bladders and very fine hairs coming out of them and kind of knew what the plant was. It was really more of a novelty to me and the aquarium owners untill my interest in CP's peaked a few months ago.
    The fish tank ended up with a nasty hair algae bloom that obliterated the Utric and all I could find of it was a tiny 2 mm stem fragment with no bladders. I carefully picked it out of the filter media with tweezers and took it home to see what would happen. I put it in a small cup with distilled water and despite its pale color it produced a bladder or two before shrinking and dying in a gooey blob.
    I am ready to try it again and the fact that it grew and reproduced so well in the fish tank (before the hair algae incident) leads me to believe that it needs a little "dirtier" water than I gave it with the distilled.
    Can anyone offer some tips on how to grow this fun little aquatic? Should I add some soil to the water to prep? How about water hardness? It didn't seem to appreciate the water I use for all of my other CP's.
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    I have U. gibba growing in a small aquarium with a layer of peat moss and some dead leaves lining the bottom, and it also hsares the tank with Elodea, DUckweed, and a single Alrdovanda. This is a plant that does very well with companion plants, and with some sort of acidic organic matter in the tank as well. Direct or diffused light is also best for fast growth.
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    Do you "feed" gibba anything? Thanks I will try the peat amendment for sure.
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    I keep mine in a plastic "dish tub" with about 1 1/2" of sunken peatmoss in the bottom, and filled with pure rain water.
    I leave it outside year round here, the same for all my aquatic Utric's and my newly acquired Aldrovanda (thanks Pebes).
    They will feed fine on the organisms that will come from the sunken peat. Dead leaves are a sure quick start for that as well.
    Expect mosquitos to be present when the weather allows, the larvae are very good food for the Utric's.
    I just hope I see some flowering next year.
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    Yeah, any culture of U. gibba, Aldros, or really any aquatic plant will end up breeding a zoo in the water for the plants to feed on. However, if you don't notice anything like that after a couple months, go to a local pond and take a tiny bit of the water there and put it back into the tank. Or, you can order a small Daphnia culture as food.
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    @boxofrain: Thanks, I suppose I should start preparing my "habitat" now for my gibba's arrival in spring.

    @hcarl: it was local native algaes that decimated the aquarium that the Utric was triving in for over a year. I must admit it never flowered and looked nowhere as good as jimscott's but it kept up very nicely with the java moss and was a beautiful green. Where might I find daphnia cultures? Do you have any "secret" sources?

    @jimscott: What beautiful pics! Is that all gibba flowering? And is that a waterwheel I spy? How long has your set-up been growing? Natrual light only or supplemented? What king of snails are in this tank? And do you think their young are feeding the plants at all? Sorry for the barrage of questions..lol. Thanks a bunch for sharing Jim!
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    Looks like quite a few waterwheels ( mine looks like crap, needs a whole lot more light tan I can give...oh, for some bigger growlights). And my tank with the U. gibba ended up with its own micro zoo in it, so I never had to worry about actually buying cultures or anything. But just about any serious biology supply company cna provide you with things like that.
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