Bucephalandra 'Pygmy' - POT
Common Name: Bucephalandra 'Pygmy'
Plant Use: Driftwood/Rock
Difficulty Level: Medium
Light Demand: Low
Co2 Demand: Medium
Fertilizer Demand: Medium
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Description: Bucephalandra 'Pygmy' is a diminutive yet captivating species within the Bucephalandra genus, celebrated for its petite size and ornamental charm. Native to Borneo, this aquatic plant belongs to the family Araceae and has gained popularity among aquarists for its unique and visually appealing characteristics. 'Pygmy' stands out for its compact stature and intricately patterned leaves, creating a striking contrast against other aquatic flora. The plant often showcases rich, dark green hues, and in some varieties, the leaves may exhibit subtle red or brown undertones, adding further allure to its appearance.
This miniature marvel has found favor among aquarium enthusiasts seeking to introduce a touch of elegance to nano tanks and intricate aquascapes.
- Scientific Name: Bucephalandra 'Pygmy'
- Family: Araceae
- Origin: Borneo
- Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
- Lighting Requirements: Low to Medium
- CO2 Requirement: Low
- Temperature Range: 72-82°F (22-28°C)
- pH Range: 6.0-7.5
- Propagation: Rhizome division, cutting
1. Lighting: Bucephalandra 'Pygmy' thrives in low to medium lighting conditions. Adequate light is essential to maintain its compact form and promote healthy growth. However, it can adapt to lower light levels.
2. Substrate: Attach the plant to aquarium decorations or substrate using its rhizome. Unlike many other plants, Bucephalandra 'Pygmy' should not to be planted directly into the substrate. Use smooth rocks, driftwood, or other decorations for attachment.
3. CO2 and Nutrients: This plant has low CO2 requirements, and it can absorb nutrients from the water and substrate. While it is not particularly demanding, supplementing with a balanced liquid fertilizer can benefit its growth.
4. Pruning: 'Pygmy' typically requires minimal pruning. Trim any damaged or discolored leaves as needed. As it is a slow grower, it may not need frequent maintenance.
5. Water Parameters: Maintain stable water parameters with a temperature range of 72-82°F (22-28°C), a slightly acidic to slightly alkaline pH between 6.0-7.5, and moderate water hardness.
6. Placement: Bucephalandra 'Pygmy' is well-suited for midground or foreground placement in aquariums. Its small size makes it an excellent choice for nano tanks and intricate aquascapes, where it can add a touch of elegance.
7. Propagation: Propagate 'Pygmy' through rhizome division or cuttings. Gently separate sections of the rhizome with healthy leaves and attach them to hardscape elements or substrate. New plants will develop from these sections.
8. Challenges: Bucephalandra 'Pygmy' is generally considered a hardy plant. However, it may be sensitive to sudden changes in water parameters. Providing stable conditions will contribute to its well-being.
Bucephalandra 'Pygmy' stands as a testament to the allure of miniature aquatic plants. Its compact size, intricate patterns, and ease of care make it a sought-after choice for aquarists looking to create enchanting underwater landscapes. Whether featured in nano tanks or intricate aquascapes, 'Pygmy' adds a touch of botanical elegance to the aquatic realm.