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Limnophila aromatica (Limnophila aromatica)


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Common Name: Limnophila aromatica
Proper Name: Limnophila aromatica
Category: Stem Plants
Temperature: 22 - 27 C
PH: 5 - 7
Lighting: Medium,High
Growth Rate: Medium
Difficulty: Medium
Origin: Southeast Asia
Position in Aquascape: Background,Mid-Ground
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This is a really cool plant. If you manage to fertilize it well and supply plenty of light it will really impress you. Lots of iron needed for this plant in order to bring out the intense red colors on both sides of each leaf. If you aren't dosing enough iron then the bottom of the leaf will still be red/purple but the top will be green to yellow. This isn't a bad thing though if you intend to use the purple/green effect instead of all red for aquascaping purposes. This one does not grow fast, and it is not that easy to propagate. I recommend letting each stem grow to the desired height and then snipping the very top. Once you do that side shoots will appear over time. Remove the side shoots as you please but you will always keep the original stem in its "snipped size" Good luck! Ryan a.k.a Wood
 
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I recently received cuttings of this plant, and I have found it very easy to root and moderately fast growing. All stems have grown 1"-2" in just one week after planting. I have it in my 75g tank that has 2.88wpg light, IE ferts, and injected CO2. The substrate is Eco-Complete with Flourish Root Tabs inserted. This is turning out to be a very beautiful plant! It's quickly becoming one of my favorites!
 
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This one is relatively new to me, as I've only been growing it for about 3 months now, but I can safely say a few things about it... First of all, I obtained it in its emersed form, and the stems were very brittle and easily damaged/snapped. After working that out, and successfully planting some stems into the substrate, it made a mess everywhere while the emersed growth died off. Then, once it was all new submerged growth, it began to take off. It was in a tank with high-light, CO2, and EI dosing. Even though the plant was very healthy, and really showing its beauty to me, it was practically all green, with the exception of the undersides of its leaves, which were a salmon-pink color. I was dosing plenty of Iron, micros, and macros. What I decided to do was cut back on the KNO3, and keep all the other ferts the same. THIS was when it became the beautiful plant that I now know and love. This is also the plant that I have taken a picture of and posted here. See it pearling? That's a happy plant!
 
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I added one stem of this awesome plant as an accent piece in an Iwagumi 75G with ~3.0WPG and injected C02, and it has exploded with 3 tall side-shoots in only a month. I have a pool filter sand substrate and I am using homemade root-fert caps of 16-2-14. The dense lavender color comes easier as the plant nears the light source at the water's surface. It's incredible how beautiful this plant becomes.
 
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One of my all time favorite aquarium plants, if not my favorite. The beautiful purple leaves contrast very well with other plants. Not too difficult to keep, however the plant does demand strong light. I keep it in high light, flourite substrate, and flourish fertilizers. Despite being very beautiful, it is not nearly as some of the other plants I have decided to keep. Has a distinctive citrus smell to it.
 
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My avatar! It turns lime green in low light. Love how it looks. :3
 
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Very weedy. Fast growing plant. I believe it can grow in medium light/tech setups. In my high tech it grows like a weed. The biggest challenge about this plant is bringing out its colours. A year and a half ago my aromatica were lime yellow on the top and purple at the bottom. 6 months ago they were plain green. Now, it seems like they are changing to red, but its too early to confirm. This all happened in the same tank with not much of a change to anything. I went from T8s to T5HOs and back to T8s. Dosing does not seem to be the single most important factor. Stable co2 is the first and the water/tank condition, cleanliness is the second. Every since I managed to stabilized my co2, my plants have been showing brilliant colours.
 
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This plant grows like crazy in both of my tanks. I have a 10 gallon with spiral 13w bulbs and a 29g with medium lighting. Co2 and ei dosing in both tanks. If I dose extra iron it gets a nice pink/purple color. If I don't for a while it will be more of a lime green. If I go a few weeks without trimming, it will fill most of my 10 gallon (the leaves are perfect size and spacing for fish and shrimp to dart in and out of).

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