It doesn’t look like much but this is the first sprout from my Tonina fluviatilis x Eriocaulon quinquangulare hybridization attempt I started 1.5 years ago. This seed was sowed three months ago.
My Nymphaea micrantha flowered!
Emersed growth of Rotala macrandra ‘variegated’. I love that veination!
Limnophila sp. ‘Belem Variegated’ – A sport of Limnophila belem that shows an unstable variegation pattern, seemingly somewhere between a marbled variegation and a white leaf margin. This mutation occured at a frined of mine.
Rotala ramosior ‘Florida’
I finally managed to get two stems of that beauty into the EU and by now it has finally colored up nicely. Such an intense purple, I can’t wait until I’ve got a nice bush of it.
One of my favorite plants simply because there’s no other finely textured plants that has 15 cm/6’’ diameter. Like other Hygrophila, it is very easy in care, but high light and CO2 helps getting finer and bigger leaves. A few sources say it is fairly fast growing, but in my case it grows moderately slow. Unlike the rather messy Hygrophila difformis, Hygrophila balsamica can be made in very neat terraced bushes and thus it makes and very interesting addition to the fore- and midground of larger aquascapes, in particular in dutch-style tanks. Only it’s emersed form produces the toxic sap, the sap can also be removed by water logging the emersed stems for three days prior to adding to the tank.
Whether it’s the fine texture or the thrill of having toxic plants in your aquarium makes you interested in it – if you can, give Hygrophila balsamica a try, it really is an underrated plants that could use some love.
The Buds of Ottelia ulvifolia are translucent and you can see the developing yellow flower inside. The plant itself has some attractive wavy leaves too.
A new layout for my tank!