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Post  fishNAbowl on 2014-03-29, 01:33

Bucephalandra don't seem to be mentioned much . Anyone grow these? Any personal experience?


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Post  fishNAbowl on 2014-03-29, 09:49

Here is a collection of different species. The plant grows similar to Anubias, but leaf shapes are different and the plant has many different color hues.

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Post  fishNAbowl on 2014-03-29, 12:09

Think I'll start with one of the red stem species. 'Browni Red' seems like a place to start.
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Post  MRTom on 2014-03-29, 12:56

Sounds like a thinner, longer version of anubias. Very interested in how it works out for you. I like the fake catherinae!
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Post  Nick_87 on 2014-03-29, 20:28

I also have been reading up these neat plants too but they seem to be out of my price range. Not quite sure why they are so expensive but I have seen a lot of them for sale for $100+ for a small plants. I guess I will just be living vicariously through you!
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Post  fishNAbowl on 2014-03-30, 00:29

MRTom wrote:Sounds like a thinner, longer version of anubias. Very interested in how it works out for you. I like the fake catherinae!
Each species also grow a bit different. Some will be lengthy others will grow in dense clumps. Like the browni red I seen pictures where they grew in tight clumps. Thinking about stripping one of my logs of trident ferns amd giving this a try.

Nick_87 wrote:I also have been reading up these neat plants too but they seem to be out of my price range. Not quite sure why they are so expensive but I have seen a lot of them for sale for $100+ for a small plants. I guess I will just be living vicariously through you!
Yes, some rare Buse are crazy prices. I wanna dabble in it 1st before making a $100 commitment. Even though the red browni price average $20 a plant  scratch .
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Post  fishNAbowl on 2014-03-31, 02:09

Oh god I just made the plunge. Starting out with 2 plants of Buse 'ghost'. Only cost my left arm ;)LOL
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Also have a crypt 'flamingo' on its way as well.  bounce
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Post  Nick_87 on 2014-03-31, 03:02

Wowo Very Happy Hope it grows well for you. If it does put me on the list as #1 when you propagate it to sell.
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Post  fishNAbowl on 2014-03-31, 03:26

Will do Nick. I'll have to warn you though. I am hearing this is a real sloOw growing plant. The plant that's in the picture is a year old. And I don't know what size it was when he fist planted it.
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Post  cichlid-gal on 2014-03-31, 08:23

Looks like a beautiful plant. You will have to find a very special place for it in your big tank so it doesn't get lost and stays front and center so to speak but what a showstopper it could be. And great to challenge yourself with these unusual plants. Looking forward to some nice pics.
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Post  fishNAbowl on 2014-03-31, 12:38

cichlid-gal wrote:Looks like a beautiful plant.  You will have to find a very special place for it in your big tank so it doesn't get lost and stays front and center so to speak but what a showstopper it could be.  And great to challenge yourself with these unusual plants.  Looking forward to some nice pics.

At $35 EA Donna I will plant them where I can see it, LOL. I spent a couple hours last night doing a complete plant overhaul in the 7' tank. Many of the small starter plants I got from Hobbyorobsession and Hyp3rcrav3 are getting tall enough to transplant into a 2' deep tank. These are nice show piece plants so I had to make room for them. I have been inspired by Dutch Type aquascapes and slowly converting the 7' tanks plants to many that we see in that type aquascape. I will be removing those beautiful Lotus' plants I have today to make room for some really neat new additions.

Pictures to come Smile
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Post  binbin9 on 2014-04-01, 10:48

slow growing plants but extremely hardy. I thought I killed mine a couple of times but it keeps coming back.
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Post  hobbyorobsession on 2014-04-01, 11:29

Are there still concerns about how sustainably these plants are collected in the wild? my understanding was they were just taken from wild places with very limited hobby propagation.
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Post  fishNAbowl on 2014-04-01, 13:06

hobbyorobsession wrote:Are there still concerns about how sustainably these plants are collected in the wild?  my understanding was they were just taken from wild places with very limited hobby propagation.
I am not sure. All the reading found never mentioned anything about collecting concerns. I would be interested in finding out.
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Post  fishNAbowl on 2014-04-01, 13:07

binbin9 wrote:slow growing plants but extremely hardy. I thought I killed mine a couple of times but it keeps coming back.

What type(s) do you grow? Do you have a picture to share?
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Post  binbin9 on 2014-04-02, 11:27

i'll take a photo tonight of the tiny thing, i havent a clue what it is
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Post  fishNAbowl on 2014-04-02, 11:33

binbin9 wrote:i'll take a photo tonight of the tiny thing, i havent a clue what it is
Lol binbin9.

And I'll help you identify Smile

I appreciate the photo. My interest is high with this new plant. If successful I would like to switch out many of my Anubias in my 140.

I have 2 stems of a species called 'ghost' coming and should be here today or tomorrow. I'm pretty stoked!
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Post  cichlid-gal on 2014-04-15, 14:01

fishNAbowl wrote:
hobbyorobsession wrote:Are there still concerns about how sustainably these plants are collected in the wild?  my understanding was they were just taken from wild places with very limited hobby propagation.
I am not sure. All the reading found never mentioned anything about collecting concerns. I would be interested in finding out.

Found a great thread with info on these plants.  At the end of it there is a blurb:

Unfortunately, Bucephalandras are slowly disappearing from the environment, mainly due to exploitation and deforestation on the island of Borneo. Many varieties are becoming harder to find, and some now only exist in captivity. While this is sad news, it is also comforting to know that the collecting of these plants can be beneficial to their long-term survival as many parts of Borneo are facing wide-scale deforestation. We can only hope that in the future, Borneo will face fewer environmental threats which in turn will help protect these beautiful plants.

and here's the full thread
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Post  fishNAbowl on 2014-04-15, 17:20

Ugh...
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Post  fishNAbowl on 2014-05-08, 23:59

Here's a snap shot of the Buce 'ghost' I picked up about 3 weeks ago. The plant  grows  like Anubias petite but with a reddish rhizome and darker oblong leaves. The leaves also have these micro spots on them that kind of has this sheen...

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I am really liking this plant. It does grow slow and was a bit smaller than expected but still liking this species. Just ordered a little larger species with a dark leaf. Think it will look well growing among the light green leaves of Java 'needle leaf'.

Bucephalandra 'Black Titan'

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Post  cichlid-gal on 2014-05-10, 09:01

Wow...I think I see growth on that buce already Chad. Awesome. And a larger leaved species will look great too.
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Post  fishNAbowl on 2014-05-16, 00:18

cichlid-gal wrote:  And a larger leaved species will look great too.
Waiting now a week and a half for the other species to arrive. Starting to drive me nuts. Guess I am used to same day shipping priority and getting a shipment within 48 hrs of ordering. This new shipper only ships on certain days. Gonna have to bite my lip leaving a review, lol...

Meanwhile; I think this lil Buce is trying to flower  scratch 

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Post  cichlid-gal on 2014-05-16, 06:58

I've seen pics of their flowers...very lovely. You must be doing something right with them as that would be a sure indicator of being happy. And the red is showing great in that photo. Congrats Chad.
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Post  fishNAbowl on 2014-05-16, 23:40

New Buce species arrived today. Buce 'Black Titan'. With the titan name, is still a little oh plant, LOL.

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I think there is 1 or 2 other members here growing Buce species. Would love to see photos and read about experiences.
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Post  fishNAbowl on 2014-06-01, 23:27

Interesting little flower. This picture doesn't do it much justice. The neatest thing about this little flower is how white they are. The flowers are so white it reminds me of stars that twinkle in the night sky. I know, kind of an odd description but as I sit here more than 12 feet away they are so white I can see them contrasted against many plants like a little star in the dark sky.

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Post  cichlid-gal on 2014-06-02, 07:04

Blooms already...you have the underwater green thumb Chad. They are lovely.
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Post  fishNAbowl on 2014-06-02, 21:09

Thanks Donna. This plant is so tiny. Lol!
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Post  MRTom on 2014-06-02, 23:39

Can I come visit you guys sometime? I am dying to see this plant in person! Maybe try to take some pictures of them while I'm at it? Very Happy
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Post  fishNAbowl on 2014-06-02, 23:59

That would be okay MRTom. This weekend will be busy but possibly the next after that.
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