Scientific name: Hygrophila difformis
Usual maximum size in aquariums: 20 - 50 cm (7.87 - 19.69 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6.2 - 7.3
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 18°N (71.43 - 321.43ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 22 - 27 °C (71.6 - 80.6°F)
Reproduction of the plant: Cuttings
Origin (in the wild): South Asia
How fast these plants grow: Fast
Recommended substrate: Fine gravel
Demands on lighting: Bright
Ideal placement in a fish tank: Background
South Asia; they are found in Bangladesh, India and Nepal.
Cuttings; simply take a cutting from the mother plant and remove the bottom leaves. This can then be placed into the substrate taking care not to crush the stem. In a short time the cutting will produce roots and a new plant is formed. Ensure that the cuttings receive plenty of nutrients in the water to promote quicker root growth.
A very popular plant in the aquarium hobby, it is also an ideal for beginners to caring for live plants. Not only is it easy to propagate but it can be trimmed back harshly without any damage to the health of the plant. The leaves are quite fragile and can soon be knocked away by passing fish but it will soon recover itself.