Hygrophila difformis is beautiful and undemanding. A plant for beginners which can help create a balance in the aquarium from the start. Its rapid growth helps prevent algae because the plant absorbs a great number of nutrients from the water. The shortage of micro-nutrients leads to pale leaves, which may be an indication that the aquarium needs fertiliser. In large aquariums its lobed leaves can create a distinctive group. [TROPICA]
The name for this plant is misspelled. The correct spelling is [I]Hygrophila difformis[/I].
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Isn't this water wysteria? It does not list its common name. Fast growing plant that likes to overgrow its neighbors. I have noticed that the leaves will spread more during the light cycle and close up for the night.
Not too fast growing. It's not slow either. Oddly I get better growth from this plant in a low light tank. There it gets dark keeps its lower leaves and has a majestic look. Under high light, the shoots I started with have been climbing and dropping their lower branches. Fortunately there are new stems growing from the root. Under high light, this plant would work well in a cluster of other plants, but I think it needs other plants in front of it.
I have grown this planted in the substrate but currently have the crown wedged behind some hardware with roots exposed. The roots rapidly formed a gentle curtain of nutrient absorbing rootlets and as the leaves spread out, new roots drop down and give a nice unique effect, completely obscuring the hardware. The mass can get large and you will need to whack away large amounts at times.
Very fast grower! A good plant to soak up all those extra nutrients in the water column, to keep the algae at bay! Will grow as tall as you let it, and is a very hardy species! I had it thriving in sand with some first layer laterilite(sp?)