Scientific name: Mayaca fluviatilis
Usual maximum size in aquariums: 15 - 60 cm (5.91 - 23.62 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 5.5 - 7
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 2 - 14°N (35.71 - 250ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 23 - 28 °C (73.4 - 82.4°F)
Reproduction of the plant: Cuttings
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
There is a couple of ways of propagating this plant. The normal way is to take cuttings in the normal way and planting these in the substrate. The plant will also try to propagate itself by sending out side shoots that can be detached and [planted where required. Always place cuttings carefully into the substrate taking care not to crush the delicate stems.
This plant will display leaves with a silvery tint and looks very attractive against the normal green foliage in the tank. If given the right conditions this plant will grow profusely and will require pruning back on a regular basis. They are quite hardy and do not need any special requirements but make sure that there are nutrients in the water to keep the plant healthy. The Stream Bogmoss orginates from the wetlands that occur naturally in Southern USA right down to South America. A very easy plant to grow it has been very popular in planted tank set ups and should thrive if given the correct conditions. It may require a CO2 system and it will definitely require bright lighting, plenty of nutrients in the substrate will also help keep this plant healthy.
It is best to plant the stems individually with a small gap between them, sometimes planting as a bunch of stems can cause rotting of the planted area.
Due to the moderate height of the fully grown stems the Stream Bogmoss makes for a great midground plant, they will not grow higher than background plants. They are also great indicators of nutrient levels in the water column showing signs of losing their colour if the nutrients start to become exhausted from the supply.