Common Name: Najas Roraima
Plant Use: Background
Difficulty Level: Medium
Light Demand: Medium
Co2 Demand: Medium
Fertilizer Demand: Medium
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Description: Najas Roraima, often referred to as Roraima Naiad, is an aquatic plant valued for its delicate and graceful appearance. Belonging to the Hydrocharitaceae family, this species is native to South America, particularly the Roraima region. It is a popular choice among aquarium enthusiasts for its fine, feather-like leaves that create a soft and elegant ambiance in aquatic setups. The plant is known for its adaptability and ease of care, making it suitable for both beginners and experienced aquarists.
- Scientific Name: Najas Roraima
- Family: Hydrocharitaceae
- Origin: South America (Roraima region)
- Difficulty Level: Easy
- Lighting Requirements: Low to Medium
- CO2 Requirement: Low to Medium
- Temperature Range: 64-82°F (18-28°C)
- pH Range: 6.0-7.5
- Propagation: Runners
1. Lighting: Najas Roraima thrives in low to medium lighting conditions. While it can adapt to various light levels, providing moderate light enhances its growth and appearance.
2. Substrate: The plant can be anchored in a variety of substrates, including gravel or sand. While it can absorb nutrients through its leaves, a nutrient-rich substrate can promote healthier growth.
3. CO2 and Nutrients: Najas Roraima can thrive in aquariums without CO2 injection. It benefits from a nutrient-rich environment, and liquid fertilizers can be added if needed.
4. Water Parameters: Maintain a temperature range of 64-82°F (18-28°C) and a slightly acidic to neutral pH between 6.0-7.5. The plant is adaptable to different water hardness levels.
5. Placement: Often used as a midground or background plant, Najas Roraima's feathery leaves create a beautiful contrast in planted aquariums. It can also be utilized in nano tanks.
6. Propagation: The plant propagates through runners. As it grows, it sends out new shoots that can be separated and replanted to create new clusters.
7. Pruning: Regular trimming helps control the plant's height and maintain a neat appearance. The cuttings can be replanted for continued growth.
8. Floating Growth: Najas Roraima can be left to float at the water's surface, creating a floating carpet effect. This can be a suitable option for tanks with low light.
Najas Roraima's fine, delicate leaves make it a charming addition to freshwater aquariums. Its undemanding nature and adaptability make it an excellent choice for aquarists looking to add a touch of grace to their aquatic landscapes.