Mayaca Fluviatilis Aquarium Plant: Care, Propagation

Most often, florists use Mayaca Fluviatilis (river lighthouse) as an aquarium plant. The culture belonging to the Mayaca family is well suited for different types of fish and the creation of microflora in their habitat. The lighthouse river aquarium plant originated in quiet, slow-flowing rivers and swamps of the Americas.

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Mayaca Fluviatilis Aquarium Plant Structure and Charateristics

River lighthouse in the aquarium environment.

Mayaca Fluviatilis consists of a long, fragile, curving stem, on which are leaves in the form of needles 1 cm long, 1 mm wide, lettuce color with a silvery overflow, which gives it individuality and brings variety to the interior of the aquarium.

It has a long, weak root system, consisting of a large number of thin roots. As the Mayaca Fluviatilis grows, it forms dense, beautiful thickets that bloom. Small buds have a light lilac color. The height is about 40 cm. There are many buds on the roots.

Mayaca Fluviatilis Care and Conditions for Keepin in Aquarium

The plant develops in both large and small containers. It grows evenly throughout the year. For these qualities, Mayaca fluviatilis is in demand among aquarists. It is recommended to plant it on the back wall and from the ends of the aquarium, because it grows, forming dense thickets in which fish hide.

In addition, the plant will be a good decoration. Mayaca Fluviatilis grows in a tropical environment at a water temperature of + 22 … + 28 ° C, the liquid should be of moderate hardness (no more than 6 ° F). But it can live in reservoirs and at lower temperatures.

For stable growth, the following rules must be observed:

  1. Content in clean water, therefore a filter must be installed.
  2. The current must be weak.
  3. 1/3 of the total amount of water is required to be replaced once a week.

Majaka does not tolerate shadows. She needs comfort, she will die if she is covered by neighboring plants. For its development and health, it is required to thin out and replace new shoots with old ones. To do this, cut off the new stem from above and plant it down, after removing the old one.

When transplanting, the plant is fed with microelements, it adapts to all conditions, but takes a long time to take root and adapt.

In the case when the leaves begin to turn yellow or turn white, they lack iron. Carbon dioxide must be present in the water.

Due to the fact that Mayaca Fluviatilis has weak roots, the soil must be sufficiently silted and contain nutrients. Experienced experts recommend choosing river sand, laid in a layer 3-4 cm thick. This is an important condition for uniform growth and development of roots.

Majaka loves sunshine. Therefore, it is recommended to place the aquarium in the sunny part of the house. Daylight hours should last at least 12 hours. Lighting must be combined.

Artificial lighting should consist of:

  • from incandescent lamps;
  • from luminescent appliances.

Planting river poppies in the aquarium.

Mayaca Fluviatilis Plant Propagation

River Mayaca Fluviatilis is easy to breed. To do this, you will need to disconnect the new branch from the rest of the bush and transfer it to another place, securing it with a pebble. The young shoot takes root quickly, begins to grow and multiply. The presence of trace elements is determined by the color of the leaves.

If the tone is saturated, it means that the soil has enough nutrients that are needed by other plants in the aquarium.

If Mayaca Fluviatilis is grown in a greenhouse in a mixture of sand and earth, the air should be humid, and the air temperature should be + 25 … + 30 ° С. Lighting should be bright, natural is best. The plant grown in a greenhouse forms a dense, low growth, similar to a fluffy carpet, it can be moved directly into the aquarium.

Sometimes Mayaca Fluviatilis requires feeding. It is suitable as food for herbivorous fish.

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