Scientific name: Tonina fluviatilis
Usual maximum size in aquariums: 5 - 35 cm (1.97 - 13.78 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 5 - 7.5
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 0 - 12°N (0 - 214.29ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 20 - 30 °C (68 - 86°F)
Reproduction of the plant: Cuttings
Origin (in the wild): South America
How fast these plants grow: Normal
Recommended substrate: Fine gravel
Demands on lighting: Medium
Ideal placement in a fish tank: Background
This plant is propagated by taking cuttings from the side shoots. Simply snip the side shoots away with a sharp pair of scissors but only keep the top two inches of the cutting for re-planting. This will prevent the new plants from becoming too leggy and weak. The shorter cuttings will grow into bushier plants and will retain the strength in the newly planted stems.
This plant is not ideal for a novice to keeping live plants as they are very demanding. The substrate should be acidic with plenty of nutrients and they do require a CO2 system running in the aquarium. They are quite a recent addition to the list of aquarium plants that are used in planted tanks but they are becoming more popular as time goes on.