I keep this plant under 3.8wpg and CO2 6mg/L and it grows fast and looks great with dark red leaves with only a little green.
Very easy plant. Establishes nicely and has a more pronounced, brighter red under high light
I keep this plant under 2wpg using DYI CO2 with no trouble. It stay red and grows quickly.
Easy to propogate--simply trim and replant the clippings. I'm working on a carpet of these. Lovely plant.
I have to agree with all of these comments. I have mine in a 45 gallon tank with 2-3wpg, diy CO2, flourite, fertilizers once per week and it grows like a weed! I trim weekly and replant and it fills it wonderfully. I posted the fourth picture down for reference.
for some reason i have had very little success with this plant. i have tried it in several tanks, ranging from 1.5 wpg no co2, to 3 wpg DIY co2. and a few in between. could be the pH which is usually around 7.5 - 8 depending on the tank. and i do keep my tanks on the warm side, around 80 - 82 F. It did best in the high light tank. but quickly became choked out by hair algae.
For now, I place it in a harsh environment. The filtration is undergravel so its not good. But still it manages to grow. having only pale red leave color. but still it grows fast about 2 leaf a week and after half a month it reaches the top of my tank. i transplanted some cuttings in another tank and it grows fantastic!
I keep mine in a 1 gal. Aqueon Minibow. It has been there less than a week and it is already growing fast. The new leaves turn red fast, though they are close to the light. I hope it continues to grow well, with it's counter part (my Java Fern) I hope the nitrates in my water remain very very low too. My betta fish and ghost shrimp love the plant. It provides a resting spot for the fish and hiding places for the inverts. New root growth is also evident :-)
Even in a tank that only recieves stray light from a tank next to it, it grows. Water is hard with a ph of 8 out of the tap... Experimenting with emergent growth hints this plant creeps on the ground and stays relatively short. This is one of those kind of plants that seems to be an indicator of the overall balance of a tank; when its happy and the water has been consistant, it gives me 50 cent sized leaves with reds, greens and sometimes a violet or copper sheen.
One of the first plants I was interested in when I started keeping aquarium plants. The undersides of the leaves can turn a good shade of red underneath adequate light. This low tech plant is still less adaptable than most hygrophila species. Not nearly as forgiving in terms of light and fertilization.
Grows very easily. One thing I did notice is that it took quite a while to acclimate to my tank. During that time, a lot of the bottom leaves died and fell off. I kept to trimming this part of the plant off and replanted the healthy top part. After a while, the plant acclimated and no dead leaves anymore, one of the healthiest looking plants I have.