Stronger lighting will force sideshoots faster. Top any syngonanthus, any, from what I've seen, that grow in our aquarium ( I've not tested Vichada yet) and the bottom will produce sideshoots. Some species very rapidly. Giants however, growth will be hindered, not to say they won't, sides just form way quicker with the top crown. But from what I've seen, to mass prop belem, manaus, madeira, lago grande, uaupes, rio 2006, (not sao Gabriel, always remained too short), caulescens, meta, variegated off the top of my head bottom will produce a bunch of sideshoots. Regardless, the plant sideshoots anyways, just if you want a little more and then a little more. nice prop tip.
Here in this picture are bottoms of uaupes, see they are splitting, you can see tops here and there
I love watching them split. You can pull the split by having a hand gripping the main stem and then pulling the sideshoot with the other hand. That's if you do not want to uproot the whole stem and prop that way.
sao Gabriel splitting
stunted, looks to me to be uaupes
split crown lago grande
and caulescens splitting
The genus in parts of south America lives in low to none nutrient waters. Iono about the rest of the world, how the waters are. But despite this, I've haven't seen a species that thrives more in rich nutrient waters. Keeping the water low of total dissolved salts. But heres the thing, in the realm of slightly acidic and slightly everything.
In speaking to others, (this goes for generally most all the aquatic species, I say most as something will pop up or science will always prove me wrong)
we can rule out things. I said everything slightly so
rule out tds
I spoke to a buddy with a tds of over 200, I believe, but not 300
gh 0-6 id guestimate is the safe side
ph slightly, so range 3s to maybe 8 (for belems), but 7 on safe side
moderate co2 and almost all range of lighting intensity, at least 20 par id say
Reminds me of the new 'Meta' sp. Long internodes, thin leaves, and a crown, vs. Meta which is wider and a bit longer internodes and crown.
The plant that got me into the genus. Everyone knows belem, but there are variants, like variegated and white, bottom roots in soil as well as all others roots higher up, some go into the soil, others assumed absorbed nutrients through water column
a classic beauty, grows very nicely in groups
uaupes vs lago grande
they can look very similar, and if your growing them lenghty, uaupes can get tall as an average lago, and a lago, well a lago can just keep growing it seems
lago down the center
uaupes center, lago backround
uaupes? lago? uaupes or lago?
could be a favorite of all time plant to me. Roots into the soil very slowly. Splits rapidly. Prone to melting.
Here is the pic I used to reference back in 2012, the one I got from crispino ramos
the plant on the right side center
Now I believe this plant was on its reserve, fast mass split, but it melted rapidly
I use this in reference to help ID, in the beginning I mixed all my S grade syngonanthus up, this means rio negro 2006, sao Gabriel, and rio uaupes. I have reference pic from Japan for sao Gabriel.
So certain syngonanthus can take on different shape and structure based on parameters
I can define uaupes as thicker leaves, leaves downward curvature, slow rooter, bottom most roots grip soil, splits a lot, wavier leaves, leaves can compare to erio Vietnam in design, tips but the erio Vietnam info is not my information. Tips can become white, white points and whitish outline of leaves. Growing, this can go for all, whitish centers that bounce back overnight then grow whitish into the photoperiod, this is in high light and I have not seen excess fertilization of macros to solve this issue, it could be traces and iron.
Rio Negro 2006
Similar to uaupes, small crown, splits fast, prone to melt, roots fast into soil, grips soil, looks more like a pineapple crown
uaupes vs rio negro 2006
left uaupes, right 2006
middle, right-uaupes, left 2006
thinnest leaves, shortest grower, most prone to melt, splits fast, lost species unless pops up on me
now sao Gabriel it seemed to me to be this plant as it was like no other. It supposed to have thinner leaves but it is possible for the plant to thicken up in my tanks
the easiest one to tell apart
rio negro 2006
just like manaus, bigger crown, ability to morph bushiness all the way down the stem. The 'stem' itself can become thicker than any other I've seen except maybe caulescens
Trimming its leaves hinders growth, not the sideshoots but the crown leaves itself. Bottoms are slowed. The plant is the best overcrowder there is. Grows uniform, grows in unison.
giants looking like lago
giants looking like belem, back
bottom leaves attract algae like bba, its hard for me to keep algae off the older leaves of this plant, sensitive and prone to melt, been growing it for awhile but I keep rehacking it down, so its like restarting
good nitrates, id say put in at least 10ppm kno3 per week, aerial roots root all the way down to the substrate, sideshoots get blocked of light
variegated, a belem variant, twisted leaves, patches of deficiency patterns, reverts to belem and reverts back, nutrient load does not seem to matter in this pattern process....
that's all I have for now, quaranteen has allotted me the time.