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    Quote Originally Posted by swords View Post
    Strange to hear that warm white grows the plants better than daylight color, interesting!
    I'm starting to notice similar with LEDs too - maybe due to the higher levels of red spectrum - though I have never performed any controlled experiments, so can't qualify my observations.

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    Cool. Very interesting!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RSS View Post
    I've also recently re-setup my U. graminifolia grow-up tank and I'm getting some good initial growth around the aquarium filter pad (kind of sponge like) I'm using to keep the medium away from the "sump pump" area.
    I have a picture sent to me somewhere with a filter sponge covered in U. graminifolia.

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    Mobile,
    Kudos on your creativity! I doubt that I would ever have come up with a setup like this - I really like how you regularly push the boundaries with growing (Cephs, Utrics, Heli's, etc).

    I would have thought that this was far too wet but the results say something different. I've been keeping my original mother plant (on a moss-covered cork slab) drier than last year & it looks like I'm losing some of the 'expansion-outposts' it had established. I need to turn this trend around - the other plants that have been kept wetter are doing much better - including the jamesoniana (where the bottom 0.5-1 cm is often submerged).
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    I have two distinct colonies of U. campbelliana on the sponge, one at the bottom, which is in the first pictures, and one higher up. The one at the bottom is much wetter and the plant grows much better there. Indeed it has put out a new leaf right on the waterline.

    My personal opinion, and I'm sure many will disagree, is that perhaps we try to emulate the natural conditions too much without taking all variables into consideration. We know the 'typical' humidity and temperatues on the Tepui and can emulate them, but they are just a small part of the vast number of variables that environment will be subjected to. This brings into question whether the variables that we can control are influenced by other variables in the natural environment that we don't control in cultivation, i.e. can one without the other actually be detrimental or of little benefit?

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    She's started to explore around the side of the sponge now...



    and she's putting out lots of leaves...


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    Any updates on this?? Looks very very interesting

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    It is spreading quite fast, putting out runners to explore new places:





    One of the leaves has developed under water:


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