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    I'm working on a terrarium where the bottom portion of a 20 G tank is aquatic. I'd like to grow some aquatic utric's but am unsure of which to get. Ideally, I'd like one that doesn't grow too rapidly and doesn't require too large of a space to grow (I don't want it to outgrow the other CP's).

    Any suggestions? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]
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    U. gibba is small and very easy. It doesn't go dormant either.
    That's what I'd try first, it should be fairly easy to get hold of too.

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    Gibba sounds like a good subject. A caution though: I tried this method once, and the algae problems quickly overcame the culture. You may want to consider a secondary container in the tank bottom in case draining of the water becomes a necessity, as it probably will. Keep us informed of your results!
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    Tamlin,

    Thanks for the algae warning. Didn't even think of that. I had plans for a circulating mini-waterfall effect to prevent water from standing still all the time (probably on a timer). Hopefully, this will help deter any algae from building up.

    Would the Utricularia Purpurea (I think that's what it is - the one with the purple flower) also be ok to for this environment?

    Thanks again
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    Purpurea prefers deeper water, but these plants are all very adaptable as regards their vegetative growth. Flowering and dormancy issues will probably present difficulties though.
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    It doesn't sound like the water will be very deep. Why not try an affixed subaquatic like U. cornuta, or U. bifida? I don't have much of a problem with algae with these ones.

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    Subaquatic? that's another option.

    I did a little research on algae and found out that algae often piggy back on other fish and plants (and shared equipment). It'll begin to grow if there is an imbalance of nutrients in the water or if there's too much light. Basically, you have to keep your environment near perfect. And you can take some other preventative measures like, keep the water moving with lots of oxygen, keep away from direct sunlight, change the water frequently, introduce algae eating critters (snails & fish), etc. I'm looking into all right now to see what's feasible with my budget. Who knows, maybe all I have to do is keep the water moving. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    resupinata has purple flowers too. Very different aswell...

    What I did for an aldrovanda plant was I stuck a bubbler stone int he water, but pinched the air hose so that it was just small amount of bubbles coming up, as not to disturb the water too much... You could try that if u don't want a waterfall... Gibba is a subafixed too, isnt it?

    When i saw the U. purpurea in the wild, it didnt seem that they need too deep water... They could grew in deep water, but on the hole, most flower stalks were around three to five inches tall... and the flowers sat just on, or above the surface... Ideally purpurea likes about five or six inches i'm guessing... Then again... It was the wild, so it does wut it wants, or dies..

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