Tonina sp. 'Belem' (Tonina sp. 'Belem')
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Tonina sp. 'Belem' (Tonina sp. 'Belem')


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Common Name: Tonina sp. 'Belem'
Proper Name: Tonina sp. 'Belem'
Category: Stem Plants
Temperature: 20 - 30 C
PH: 5.0 - 6.5
Lighting: Medium,High,Very High
Growth Rate: Medium
Difficulty: Medium
Origin: Brazil
Position in Aquascape: Background,Mid-Ground
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Planted Tank Guru
 
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Tonina sp. 'Belem' is a difficult plant to grow for the beginner. 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 2.5~3wpg 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. Propagation is easy for a healthy plant, it will produced new plants around the crown and up along the stem,. A very stunning plant when grown to its glory in the aquarium. It is a member of the Eriocaulonaceae/Eriocaulon specie.
 
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I have my Belem's growing in 3M Colorquartz black sand and they grow like weeds, some have 5 crowns on 1 plant. As soon as you see the new crown stems showing some roots, you can clip them off and replant them. They need their light and daily ferts or they will start to get brown tips and turn yellow.
 
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[COLOR="DarkSlateGray"]Very good water quality is key to keeping these plants healthy[/COLOR]

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