Red Cabomba (Cabomba furcata, Cabomba piauhyensis)
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Red Cabomba (Cabomba furcata, Cabomba piauhyensis)


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Common Name: Red Cabomba
Proper Name: Cabomba furcata, Cabomba piauhyensis
Category: Stem Plants
Temperature: 18 - 26 C
PH: 4 - 7
Lighting: High
Growth Rate: Fast
Difficulty: Hard
Origin: South America
Position in Aquascape: Background,Mid-Ground
 
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I had this plant in an eclipse 6 with a modified hood for a few monthes. it grew great, but stayed a dark green. i thought it was regular combomba but when taken out it does look a kind of purplish. i guess my light was not high enough for true red growth. After a while, it got shaded by my asian ambulia and stunted and despite clearing of the competition, it just wasted away. Also, be careful while planting, its leaves fall of very easily.
 
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Truly beautiful in its peak but I didn't have much luck with this in my tank. Perhaps it was the lack of proper, adequate lighting (more than likely), that this plant just sort of melted away..
 
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This is one of the 1st plants I ever had since starting fish keeping. It's been a tremendous grower in my 90L coldwater tank & has doubled in size in 2 months. I'm growing cuttings of it now in an unpopulated 90L tank. I love this plant & so do my Blackmoors!
 
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I have this plant in two of my tanks. One is a relatively low tech 46 gallon. In a few weeks, it has grown a little bit, and stays a reddish green color. I took a stem and put it in a high tech 5 gallon about a week ago, and the new growth is a beautiful pinkish red. It grows much faster in the 5 gallon.
 
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I have this plant in a well lit, DIY CO2 tank, with GREAT results. I've don pruning once a month, and planted it in my other tanks. I started with 1 stem, now have over 12, in just 4 months. I did not know it would grow as fast as it does. And best of all, it's deep red.
 
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This plant does not do well if you are using the overdose method with Excel. If you plane to overdose Excel to combat algae I would not recommend going over 3x the normal amount that some overdose methods say to do. It will survive 2x overdose but growth will stop and when you get to 3x overdose you could start to loose this plant.
 
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I dont know what these other guys are talking about but I do the overdose technique with excel and it makes my cabomba grow faster I have a diy co2 and I cut off 4 inch tops and they are 10 in plants at the end of the week.
 
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I love this plant...it really took off well in my well lit tank w/ diy co2 until a co2 spill killed almost all of it off...I have 2-2inch stems left that are showing new growth...can't wait until it really takes off again...
 
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Grows like a weed. The tops of mine turn red, but the rest stay a light green. Very pretty on the tops of the plant, definatly worth getting
 
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My shrimps and dwarf gourami love swimming and hiding in these plants! Beautiful addition to any aquarium :)
 
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I've grown Cabomba furcata for a couple of years now in my high tech tech tank. It is definitely redder in the new growth than the old. The lower growth tends to die back to the stem leaving it prone to BBA. The upper growth will eventually reach the surface and go wild, producing interesting lavender colored flowers. One very desireable trait is that it is a slow grower doubling in more than a month in a high tech tank
 
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Grows very quickly with natural light, nodes are further apart than I would like. Constant pruning is needed and at some node below the trimming spot it starts a new shoot. Unfortunately, above the old shoot decays, so there's some mess to deal with.
 
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i need some of this plant. is anyone selling it or giving it away
 
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Needs strong light and plenty of co2, otherwise it will be more difficult to get the red color out. It is one of my favorite red plants. It grows relatively quickly compared to the other plants in my aquarium. A great contrast plant to fine leaved green plants such as green cabomba.
 
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Just resently got this plant from a local store. It had a green body and purply tips when I got it. In the past week it is turning red at the tips and golden all over. I always make sure my tanks look good. I hope they survive and keep their color.

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