Well as you probably noticed there are as many ways to grow this plant as there re growers. Last year I was able to collect bucket full of them in a wetland not so far from my work, but before I did that I was aso looking for the best method as I didn't wanted to kill them on my first attempt
This is what I did. Starting from an empty pond
First I let some coarse peat soak in water. I used lots of peat as later I only used the peat that sunk down. You don't want floating peat when growing floating plants.
I collected dead Typha stems, cut these into small chips and also let these soak in water. Some sunk down but many didnt. I still used those anyway later.
In the meantime I filled two ponds with reverse osmosis water (raiwater will do to) and placed a layer of river clay on the bottom. This clay is said to contain vital minerals such as Boron. I also added some extra boron just in case. I then added the peat and Typha chips
I bought some monocots such as Sparganium and Typha. I planted these in baskeds and placed these in the pond. I also added some Hydrocharis morsus-ranae and water life such as watersnails and waterfleas.
Then I waited it to balance out and the water to turn completely clear. The PH was slightly acid, just as I measured in the spot where I would collected them later.
After this all, I collected the Aldrovanda and 'released' them into the pond. they grew al year very well and now next spring the turions started to float again and are growing.
The method I used may be very complicated compared to many that also turned out to work well but I wanted to copy it's natural habitat as good as I can.
1. Rogier's post is quite nice and if you can do what he did I think it's the best way to go.
2. Some substitutions, I'd probably say you can get away with Tap water, coz you will be "aging" your pond anyway.
3. Love and agree with his idea about Monocotes, our aldro expert also suggests this. Love also the idea of putting "pond life" snails and some water fleas, etc. Though I imagine that Daphnia or Moina will start dying off when the water starts becoming clearer. I strongly suggest against Shrimps, I am not sure yet if the shrimp can be prey or predator to Aldro, so better not, fish will just add nutrients and compete for food.
4. Afraid of Mosquito larvae? Then put fish, but take them off before you put Aldro in the pond. MY aldro pond is free of mosquito larvae, or at least if they do hatch in there, the Aldro eats them. I can assure you that they are capable for eating small Mosquito larvae, I have seen their traps with them inside.
Summary: a. Prepare your pond before buying, plant monocotes and put some pond life (snails), actually snails are also iffy, I know the pond snails in my pond are "food" for my aldro, just be careful not to put a lot and see if adult snails are found munching on aldro. b. Make sure you wait until the water is clear and stable. The pond I used was 100% stable, coz it was already clear for 1 year before someone sent me some Aldros as a gift.
Dionea Muscipula (VFT) N. Ventrata, N. Alata, N. Miranda Aldrovanda
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