Hygrophila difformis variegated
Scientific name: Hygrophila difformis variegated
Usual maximum size in aquariums: 25 - 60 cm (9.84 - 23.62 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 - 24 °C (71.6 - 75.2°F)
Reproduction of the plant: Cuttings
Origin (in the wild): Cultivated form / Hybrid
How fast these plants grow: Fast
Recommended substrate: Fine gravel
Demands on lighting: Bright
Ideal placement in a fish tank: Background
This is a cultivar of Hygrophila difformis.
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.
This is a beautiful variation of Hygrophila difformis as the leaves have white veins running through them. The whiteness is caused by a virus in the plant but it is self contained and will not spread to any other plants in the aquarium. It is a very fast growing plant but can be pruned on a regular basis without any long lasting damage being done.