Bucephalandra - Planted Tank Mates

Bucephalandra

4” | Midground | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Medium

Column Feeder

Araceae

Characteristics:

Max Size: 4″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Midground

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Medium

Tank Mates

Most community and nano fish like tetras, rasboras, danios, guppies, gouramis and cherry barbs.  They do well with bottom feeders like otocinclus, shrimps and snails.

Notes

Bucephalandra comes in several varieties including Wavy Green, Brown and Deep purple.  When fertilization is right, they can sprout little  flowers.  They can be treated similar to Anubias plants.  They can be tied to rocks, driftwood or wedged between hardscapes.  It’s a column feeding plant so don’t bury it too deep in soil or the rhizome can rot.

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Description

4” | Midground | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Medium

Column Feeder

12” | Background | Medium

Co2: Medium | Light: High

Root Feeder

20” | Background| Easy

Co2: Low | Light: Medium

Root Feeder

20” | Background | Easy

Co2: None | Light: Low

Root Feeder

6” | Foreground | Easy

Co2: No | Light: Low

Column Feeder

3” | Foreground | Advance

Co2: High | Light: High

Root Feeder

Content

Araceae

Characteristics:

Max Size: 4"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Midground

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Medium

Tank Mates

Most community and nano fish like tetras, rasboras, danios, guppies, gouramis and cherry barbs.  They do well with bottom feeders like otocinclus, shrimps and snails.

Notes

Bucephalandra comes in several varieties including Wavy Green, Brown and Deep purple.  When fertilization is right, they can sprout little  flowers.  They can be treated similar to Anubias plants.  They can be tied to rocks, driftwood or wedged between hardscapes.  It's a column feeding plant so don't bury it too deep in soil or the rhizome can rot.

https://plantedtankmates.com/aquarium-plants-for-beginners/

Rotala Rotundifolia

Characteristics:

Max Size: 12″

Care Level: Medium

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder + Water Column

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: Medium

Light Level: High

Tank Mates

Great for community fish, shrimp and snails

Notes

Rotala Rotundifolia is actually an easy plant to grow, but getting the red colors involves more CO2, lighting and iron dosing.  Propagating is at easy as trimming the top and replanting in the soil.  A good substrate will help with red colors and growth.

Read more about how to maintain Red Aquarium Plants See the diagrams on how you can setup CO2 for your aquarium

Ludwigia Repens

Characteristics:

Max Size: 20″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder + Water Column

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: Low

Light Level: Medium

Tank Mates

Great for community fish, shrimp and snails

Notes

With proper substrate, lighting, CO2 and iron dosing, this plant can display vibrant red colors.

Read more about how to maintain Red Aquarium Plants See the diagrams on how you can setup CO2 for your aquarium

Echinodorus amazonicus

Characteristics:

Max Size: 20″

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: In soil - Root Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: Not Required

Light Level: Low to Medium

Tank Mates

Great for community fish and Angelfish, Discus, Gourami, Guppies, Apistogramma

Notes

Oscars, Cichlids, Goldfish and Plecos may damage swords

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Taxiphyllum barbieri

Characteristics:

Max Size: 6"

Care Level: Easy

Nutrient Source: Column Feeder

Composition: Background

Parameters

Co2: None

Light Level: Low

Tank Mates

Shrimps can graze and keep Java moss clean of algae.  In return, baby fry love to nest and hide in it.

Notes

As the name states, Java Moss is actually a moss and is a type of plant that has no roots. Their nutrients do not come from the substrate but rather the water column. This is probably one of the most hardy and versatile plant species you can ever grow. You can tie or glue them to rocks and wood and let them create a nice foreground. Some will tie them to shaped mesh and mimic a carpet appearance on the ground.

Compare carpet plant options and select the next one for your planted tank https://plantedtankmates.com/aquarium-plants-for-beginners/

Utricularia gramminifolia

Characteristics:

Max Size: 3"

Care Level: Advance

Nutrient Source: Root Feeder

Composition: Foreground

Parameters

Co2: Low - High

Light Level: High

Tank Mates

Low foreground plants are great for invertebrates and bottom feeders to graze and hide.

Notes

Utricularia Gramminifolia can be an amazing and bright green carpet in your aquarium, but it must be done right.  They do better in an established tank and perfect conditions can produce white flowers to look like a blooming field.  If not fully stuck in the soil, it can uplift and continue to grow in floating mats. These plants are carnivorous, but won’t chomp on your fishes or shrimp.  It’s mainly a threat to very small crustaceans absorbing its nutrients and protein. Compare carpet plant options and select the next one for your planted tank See the diagrams on how you can setup CO2 for your aquarium
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