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I probably asked this before (like 3-4 years ago) but.....

About 3 weeks ago (Mid-June 2008), I picked up some water hyacinth
and water lettuce (First time I'd seen the lettuce for sale). And
now, the roots are all floating at the surface. (Well, almost all
of them; I do see some new roots that seem to be growing straight
down.) The floating roots are also covered in algae that
reappears after a day or two of removing it (gently shaking roots
in the water to dislodge the algae). These algae- covered roots
are unsightly and nasty looking and seem to keep water from moving
well so that section of the surface is mildly stagnant (until I go
agitate it some how). It also appears that some roots are dying
which I assume is from the uncirculated and heated water.

And now, the question!! Is this normal? Should I worry about it?
Will the plants eventually replace their horizontal roots with
vertical ones? I've been removing the roots that appear to be
dead; should I continue?

And, since I know people are going to ask for pictures of the
pond, here they are (I hope; I just signed up for the service):


http://s313.photobucket.com/albums/l.../2008-July-01/

(Or, for the sreen-width-challenged: http://tinyurl.com/6kw99m )

As you can tell, it's a long work in progress that I don't spend a
lot of work on...

~~Bryan

(And, my apologies if the moderation team gets this more than once. I've
had trouble figuring out how to actually post to the group.)

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Roots will grow down once things are established. Hang in there.

Jim

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every time you shake the roots you are removing what will eventually weigh
them down imo - donna
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I probably asked this before (like 3-4 years ago) but.....

About 3 weeks ago (Mid-June 2008), I picked up some water hyacinth
and water lettuce (First time I'd seen the lettuce for sale). And
now, the roots are all floating at the surface. (Well, almost all
of them; I do see some new roots that seem to be growing straight
down.) The floating roots are also covered in algae that
reappears after a day or two of removing it (gently shaking roots
in the water to dislodge the algae). These algae- covered roots
are unsightly and nasty looking and seem to keep water from moving
well so that section of the surface is mildly stagnant (until I go
agitate it some how). It also appears that some roots are dying
which I assume is from the uncirculated and heated water.

And now, the question!! Is this normal? Should I worry about it?
Will the plants eventually replace their horizontal roots with
vertical ones? I've been removing the roots that appear to be
dead; should I continue?

And, since I know people are going to ask for pictures of the
pond, here they are (I hope; I just signed up for the service):


http://s313.photobucket.com/albums/l.../2008-July-01/

(Or, for the sreen-width-challenged: http://tinyurl.com/6kw99m )

As you can tell, it's a long work in progress that I don't spend a
lot of work on...

~~Bryan

(And, my apologies if the moderation team gets this more than once. I've
had trouble figuring out how to actually post to the group.)

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Step back from the plants!
Pour a glass of wine, sit by the pond, sip the wine, stay. ;-)

k :-)

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kathy wrote:
Step back from the plants!
Pour a glass of wine, sit by the pond, sip the wine, stay. ;-)


When my Koi pond was still active, I grew pennywort (Thai call them bua
bok) in it. I dug them up from the garden, rinsed the dirt off the roots
and dropped them in the pond. They flourished, even with the fish nibbling
on their roots.

I'll have a Russian coffee instead of wine, thanks. ;-)

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On Wed, 2 Jul 2008 23:07:12 EDT, Nick Cramer wrote:

I'll have a Russian coffee instead of wine, thanks. ;-)


If we're serving drinks, make mine an iced soy mocha. ;-) ~ jan
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You know they say green tea is really good for
you.... how do we know it is not really just algae
and pond water?

k :-)

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"kathy" wrote in message
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You know they say green tea is really good for
you.... how do we know it is not really just algae
and pond water?

k :-)


Let's see: A lot of green tea comes from China, right?

On the news yesterday was a story about a huge algae outbreak on a
body of water (lake?) where Olympic sailing would take place. They
were hauling away tons of the stuff.

Supposedly to feed it to pigs. Yeah, yeah, I've heard that one
before!

I think I'll switch back to coffee for awhile.

Gail




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