Bolbitis Heteroclita 'Diformis' - On Rock
Common Name: Mini Bolbitis
Plant Use: Driftwood/Rock
Difficulty Level: Advanced
Light Demand: Low
Co2 Demand: Low
Fertilizer Demand: Low
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Description: Bolbitis Heteroclita 'Difformis,' a captivating variation of the African Water Fern, introduces an added dimension of grace to freshwater aquariums. This aquatic fern, belonging to the family Lomariopsidaceae, originates from Africa and Madagascar. Distinguished by its finely divided and lace-like leaves, 'Difformis' stands out as a delicate and intricate addition to aquascapes. The fringed appearance of the leaves adds an ethereal quality to the underwater environment, making it a popular choice among aquarists seeking to enhance the aesthetics of their tanks.
This variation of Bolbitis Heteroclita is prized for its ornamental value and the unique charm it brings to planted aquariums.
- Scientific Name: Bolbitis Heteroclita 'Difformis'
- Family: Lomariopsidaceae
- Origin: Africa, Madagascar
- Difficulty Level: Moderate to Advanced
- Lighting Requirements: Low to Medium
- CO2 Requirement: Low to Medium
- Temperature Range: 68-82°F (20-28°C)
- pH Range: 6.0-7.5
- Propagation: Rhizome division, spores
1. Lighting: Bolbitis Heteroclita 'Difformis' thrives in low to medium lighting conditions. Adequate light is essential to maintain its vibrant green color and promote healthy growth.
2. Substrate: Attach Bolbitis Heteroclita 'Difformis' to hardscape elements, such as driftwood or rocks. The rhizome should be attached, and the roots left free. Avoid burying the rhizome in the substrate to prevent rot.
3. CO2 and Nutrients: This plant has low to medium CO2 requirements. While it can absorb nutrients from the water, occasional supplementation with liquid fertilizers containing essential nutrients is beneficial for optimal growth.
4. Pruning: Bolbitis Heteroclita 'Difformis' requires minimal pruning. Trim any yellowing or damaged leaves as needed. Ensure that the rhizome is exposed to prevent rot.
5. Water Parameters: Maintain stable water parameters with a temperature range of 68-82°F (20-28°C), a slightly acidic to slightly alkaline pH between 6.0-7.5, and moderate water hardness.
6. Placement: Bolbitis Heteroclita 'Difformis' is well-suited as a midground or background plant. Attach it to hardscape elements to create a captivating focal point in the aquarium. The lace-like leaves add a unique and intricate texture to the aquascape.
7. Propagation: Propagate Bolbitis Heteroclita 'Difformis' through rhizome division. Cut sections of the rhizome with healthy leaves and attach them to hardscape elements. While it can reproduce through spores, this method is less common and may require specific conditions.
8. Challenges: Bolbitis Heteroclita 'Difformis' demands specific care and may be challenging for beginners. Ensuring stable tank conditions, proper lighting, and nutrient supplementation are crucial for its well-being.
Bolbitis Heteroclita 'Difformis' brings a touch of botanical refinement to aquariums, with its lace-like leaves creating a mesmerizing underwater display. Aquarists with an appreciation for intricate details and unique plant structures find this variation to be a captivating addition to their aquatic masterpieces.