Planted Tank Guru
Eriocaulon sp. 'Mato Grosso' 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" and soft water is a must, (Low KH/3 or less & GH/5 or less)
if conditions to its liking are not satisfactory, it will turn transparent and melt within days, and it will.
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.
Very rewarding and one of the most beautiful aquatic plant's available.
Propagation is easy for a healthy plant, it will produced new plants around the crown, and/or along the stem, it can also produce new plants from its tentacles/drum stick.
Pruning should only be done when needed, as this plant does not like to be trimmed prematurely.