I'm looking for a decent and easy riccia growing set up. Right now I've just got it soaking in water with about 10 hours of light. I've looked into a basic diy c02 injection the kind reefers make with yeast and a bottle. However I was told it could increase the p.h. and kill it. What is good plant growing p.h. and is there a way to reduce p.h.? I've also looked into liquid fertilizer but was also told certain ones would kill it. Any suggestions?
If you want to grow riccia for a viv, theres no reason to start it out in water, then switch it over. Get a seedling tray with dome, one of the flat trays, not a plug tray. Put a couple centimeters of coco coir on the bottom, an spread your starter riccia over it. Cover with dome, and give it as much light as you can. Oce it has carpeted out, just pull sections and place right into your viv.
My green tree frog's viv has a waterbowl that has a riccia carpet acoss its bottom, up the sides and down the sides onto the surrounding bedding - on the bedding it's growing slowly but still growing into a nice carpet
Riccia will grow much faster out of water than in it. Don't bother with CO2 and an aquarium, just keep it in a clear plastic shoebox with some coco fiber on bottom and the riccia spread evenly on top of it. Give it as much light as possible and then just mist it every few days lightly. That's it. Works with Java/Christmas Moss too.
i had some real issues with riccia at first, i found that it all died... but i was lazy and left it there and a few weeks later green started coming up from the goo that was the old riccia... i had it on a waterfall when it died and im hoping that it will now just coat the whole thing? sorry no pics like Redeye's amazing riccia growth
aquatic plants usually do better out of water in a moist environment because they get co2 in a much more concentrated level. Riccia kinda does both and grows as a floating plant most of the time. DIY co2 reactors will lower your ph not increase it, but not substantially at all. In fact, the more co2, light, and available minerals there are, the faster riccia will grow. If you do decide to grow it in an aquarium, seachem flourish is a great brand of liquid fertilizer. I would recommend using comprehensive, iron, and potassium for maximum growth. Just remember that plants need NPK and M which stands for nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, and micronutrients (like iron, magnesium, calcium, etc...) Seachem flourish excel can also be used as a replacement for the diy co2 reactor, because it basically does the same thing. Aquatic plant central is a good site to get your feet wet with aquatic plants (no pun intended). Good luck!