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Eusteralis stellata grof is a relatively new plant that is being introduced to the hobby. This plant has very strong, architectural stems that grow in a pretty straight manner. This plant has thin green narrow leaves with serrated edges. The underside of the leaves have a purplish hue to them. If Eusteralis stellata grof reaches the surface of the aquarium do not be surprised to find blooms of small white flowers appearing on the emerged stems. Whilst this is lovely when flowers show it can hinder the growth of the plant so be aware of this.
This plant is native to Japan, China, Taiwan, Malaysia and Australia.
PLANTING AND GROWTH
This plant is best suited to the back of the tank as although it is a slow grower it can get quite large. Eusteralis stellata grof is a demanding plant and requires a nutrient rich substrate. This plant performs at it’s best in soft slightly acidic water. When planting separate the stems, do not plant stems together in a tight bunch. This will ensure that all stems get adequate light at the base and none suffer from light deprivation. Do not use sand as a substrate with this plant as sand holds absolutely no nutrient value which this plant cannot tolerate. This plant will also need strong lighting. Eusteralis Stellata Grof has been known to stall in growth mode but simply replant and this will kick start the growth. Finally this plant will require CO2 injection and the use of a good quality fertiliser such as Neutro + to be used in conjunction with CO2.
Propagation is simple – you can “pollard” the stems once they are big enough and simply replant into a suitable substrate and they should start to root.
Fittonia Forest Flame is a relatively new strain of an already established vivarium plant that has recently been introduced to the hobby. It has an incredible wow factor which comes from the vibrant colours it displays on its leaves. These range from flame red (hence the name) to a shocking pink. Your eyes will not miss this plant if it is in a vivarium. The fittonia forest flame is an ideal plant for instant impact as it will have very vivid colours when you buy it.
This new cultivar was discovered in Haaren, in The Netherlands and is a naturally occurring “whole plant” mutation of Fittonia verschaffeltii ‘Josan’ which is very similar looking but with a more muted green and pink coloured foliage. Terminal cuttings were taken of the first fittonia forest flame plant and successful cultivation produced uniform and stable plants which were then introduced into the hobby.
Planting and Growth
Fittonia forest flame is a relatively easy plant to keep. The plant does not like direct sunlight so a vivarium environment is perfect for them. Plant fittonia forest flame directly into well drained loose substrate that is nutrient rich. Fittonia forest flame grows extensively in a creeping manner and can spread up to 40cm in size with an eventual height of about 20cm. This plant will need regular watering but do not “drown” it!
Fittonia forest flame is available as a small potted plant ready for use in a vivarium. The plant comes set in rockwool, to get the best from this beautiful plant simply re-pot into a container of your choice with a suitable substrate and away you go. Should look spectacular in a planted vivarium and provide a good contrast against rocks and wood.
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