Eriocaulon setaceum (Eriocaulon sp. 'setaceum')
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Eriocaulon setaceum (Eriocaulon sp. 'setaceum')


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Common Name: Eriocaulon setaceum
Proper Name: Eriocaulon sp. 'setaceum'
Category: Stem Plants
Temperature: 20 - 28 C
PH: 5.0 - 6.5
Lighting: High
Growth Rate: Slow
Difficulty: Hard
Origin: Australia
Position in Aquascape: Background,Mid-Ground
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Eriocaulon setaceum is a very difficult plant to grow for the beginner or even an intermediate grower. it prefers an acidic substrate such as Flora Base, Aqua soil, it will also do well in Eco Complete as long as the addition of peat is introduced underneath the main substrate, and a deep substrate of at least 3" recommended and soft water is a must, (Low KH/4 or less & GH/5 or less) Lighting needs to be within the 3wpg range. CO2 injection is a necessity, 24/7 managed and regulated for best results, a mist of C02 is recommended. Fertilization should be diligent, NPK, TE and Fe. The bio-filtration also plays an important role in the overall success of growing this plant and plants of this specie. filter needs to be large enough to produce good flow and house adequate media. A very stunning plant when grown to its glory in the aquarium. Propagation is easy for a healthy plant, it will produced new plants around the crown, pruning should only be done when needed, as this plant does not like to be trimmed prematurely.
 
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The true Eriocaulon setaceum from Australia can only reproduce by seed or by viviparity from flower heads. A variety Eriocaulon setaceum var1 which is also available in Australia has very different morphology. It is much smaller and more delicate in appearance, similar to picture above. This variety reproduces by budding of the crown similar to Syngonanthus sp "belem".

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