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Re: [AGA-Member] Madagascar Lace plant

I've had a lace plant in my tank for about 4 years.  You have to keep the temperature down for it to grow well.  If my temperature gets up to 80, the plant will go dormant.  I have no idea why you'd take it out when it's dormant.  Just leave it alone and it will come back.  If, for some reason, your temperature is high for an extended period, expect to not see your plant back for some time.  Before I began more closely monitoring my temperature, I had my lace plant go dormant for about 10 months once.  It would try to come back, but would simply not grow more than a couple of inches high.  Mine is dormant now from a couple of warm days when I didn't bother to use the AC and my tank spent some time at 80 degrees.  Before that, I was getting several new leaves a week that were about 15-18" long and it was frequently flowering.  I just use flourite substrate, and I leave all the mulm in.

matt scarnecchia <colonel594@hotmail.com> wrote:Hello all! Its been quite a while since any discussion has been going on 
through here so I thought it was about time to start something up! First off 
I wanted to see if anyone has had any expierences ordering plants through 
florida driftwood. I placed an order through there and i have to say i am 
EXTREMELY disapointed with thier customer service and product. Not only were 
the increadble rude it took over a month to fill my order and get it 
shipped, and once I fianally did get it they didnt ship my rotala macaranda 
for some unknown reason and the lace plant i did recieve is in rather poor 
shape which is fine by me because im sure it will come back alright in my 
tank. but the whole ordeal was rather disapointing and frustrating to say 
the least.... i order several other pretty common plants also some dwar hair 
grass a few crypt's and some glossostigma and they wernt in all to great of 
condition either.... needless to say I wasnt impressed at all with the 
product and i surly didnt appriciate my emails being ignored but oh well 
live and learn I guess i wont EVER do buisness there again.... anyone else 
have any expierence ordering through florida driftwood? good or bad?

Anyway getting back to my post topic Is anyone out there growing lace 
plants? or have any past expierence with them? I have tried to do some 
research on the net and did find some good information but would like to 
learn more, and some sources conflicted a bit..... a lot said that the lace 
plants like a nutrient rich, warm loose substrate that is low in organic 
matter, whiile others stated that it benfits from a substrate high in aged 
organic matter.... but most agreed that it can be a rather hard plant to 
care for and conditions need to be met for success. Any one have good luck 
with this plant and able to get it to grow well? I read a lot of people 
having it do really well until it went dormit when they were never really 
able to get it to come back, any advice or tips for storing it through the 
dormit period? i couldnt find anything about that really.... just 2 sources 
i belive that recomended storing it in moist peat for 6 weeks to 2 months 
for the rest cycle before planting it in the tank again. any expierences 
people have had would be appriciated good or bad, we can all learn from 
others mistakes, maybe try doing something different than what others who 
didnt have success tried.
Also is anyone growing rotala macaranda that could part with some cutting 
to either sell or trade or something of the like? I was REALLY disapointed 
to not get that one in my order and i dont really need any other plants and 
other mail orders all have a min. order usually..... so i would like to try 
to get some cuttings if anyone could help me out please let me know.... 
thanks a lot every!
Matt Scarnecchia
Youngstown, Ohio

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