Scientific name: Hygrophila guianensis
Usual maximum size in aquariums: 15 - 40 cm (5.91 - 15.75 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6 - 8
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 4 - 18°N (71.43 - 321.43ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 20 - 30 °C (68 - 86°F)
Reproduction of the plant: Rhizome
Origin (in the wild): South America
How fast these plants grow: Fast
Recommended substrate: Fine gravel
Demands on lighting: Bright
Ideal placement in a fish tank: Background
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 an excellent plant for beginners to live aquarium plants. It will grow very fast if a CO2 system is used and there are plenty of nutrients in the substrate. If it is lacking in the nutrients the first signs are leaves falling from the bottom of the stems. These do best when planted in groups at the rear of the tank, if an open topped tank is used, the plant will grow above the water surface.